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Ryan Blaney Driver Bio

Birthdate: Dec. 31, 1993
Hometown: High Point, N.C.
First Career Cup Race: 2014 (Kansas)
Career Poles: 6 (Cup) | 3 (Xfinity) 5 (Gander Trucks)
Career Wins: 4 (Cup) | 7 (Xfinity) | 4 (Gander Trucks)
Best Cup Championship Finish: 7th – 2019

Ryan Blaney ran full time in the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 2016 driving for the famed Wood Brothers Racing team. During his rookie season he posted three top fives and nine top 10s and finished 20th in the standings.

In 2017, Blaney broke into the Cup Series win column with his first victory, at Pocono Raceway. He also collected two poles and qualified for the playoffs as the No. 9 seed in the 16-man field. Blaney finished ninth in the final championship standings.

Blaney moved to Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford in 2018 and scored three poles, eight top fives and 16 top 10s, including a win in the inaugural race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Blaney finished 10th in the final standings in a season that saw him lead a career-best 660 laps.

In 2019, Blaney completed the campaign by finishing a career-best seventh Cup Series standings. This year also marked his third season in a row with one win when he captured the checkered flag in the playoff race at Talladega.

Prior to going full-time in the Cup Series, Blaney competed in a partial Cup schedule with the Wood Brothers in 2015, posting one top-five finish and two top 10s. Blaney was a key part of Team Penske’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series owner’s championships.

Blaney spent two full seasons in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, finishing sixth and second in the standings in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He’s scored one win in every season from 2012-2015.

Son of NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Dave Blaney, Ryan started his racing career in quarter midgets and won his first race at age 9. He has competed in and been successful in Bandolero cars, Legend cars, late-model stock cars, and the ARCA Racing Series before making his debut in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series.