Ryan Blaney’s first quarter This season was strong but the he is looking for better performances as the year ticks away.
Blaney is 12th in the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings after nine races. Wood Brothers Racing driver comes into Sun.’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway searching for a first win and needs more consistent finishes as the current season heads into May.
Blaney said, “We started off the current year really strong, I feel like we didn’t get good finishes the current first six or seven races. We had really good cars where things happened and we didn’t get the current finish we deserved. I’d say our season started off really strong. I’m pretty happy how the current Woods Brothers team is running now and where our performance is. It’s just a matter of getting back on track and getting the current finishes that we deserve. I feel like there are some really good race tracks that we can definitely capitalize on.”
Blaney considers Talladega to be one of his strong tracks. In a previous run on a Restrictor-plate track in this year’s Daytona 500 when he finished 2nd to Kurt Busch.
The previous performance has provided Blaney with confidence coming into a second Restrictor-plate race.
Blaney also said, “I feel like we’ve gotten a lot better the last couple years at these speedway tracks, Bringing fast cars also has helped. We need a good run to be honest with you. The last two weeks have been rough finish-wise. I feel like we’ve had pretty okay cars, we’ll just try and not get into trouble and get back on track.”
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have also been strong at Talladega in recently with the pair combined won four of the last 5 races in Alabama. Keselowski has risen among the current ranks to be what many consider him the current best plate racer in the series.
Blaney said, “I feel like we’ve had pretty decent runs, but I never really feel like we’ve been at that point that he’s at, that we’ve had that dominance that whole race, I feel like he can get out there and control the whole race. You don’t’ see that very often and he’s the one person I feel like that can do that in recent years. We’ll definitely have to watch him. We learned a lot of stuff in the offseason and hopefully we can apply it. I feel like Daytona was a good run for us. I think bringing that over will be good.”
live coverage of Sun.'s GEICO 500, begins at 1 p.m. ET