With the first NASCAR Playoffs hurdle cleared – transferring to Round 2 – Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team embark on the second leg of the championship journey, which begins Sunday with the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Unlike the first round, which Blaney and the Wood Brothers’ famous No. 21 started in eighth place, well above the 12-car cutoff, they start Round 2 in ninth. Only the top eight will advance to the third round.
The Round 3 tracks, however, play to Blaney’s and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team’s strengths – 1.5-mile tracks (Charlotte and Kansas) and a superspeedway (Talladega).
On the NASCAR Playoffs:
“I think the tracks in the second round play into our favor. We are really fast at 1.5-mile race tracks and had a good run at Kansas earlier and at speedways we run great. Charlotte, we had a broken axle earlier this year but we were pretty decent in that race before that happened. The 1.5-mile tracks seem to be our strong suit and hopefully we can keep that up and keep making that our strong suit.”
On Charlotte Motor Speedway:
“I am excited to get to Charlotte. Charlotte is pretty much a home track for me. I grew up pretty close to there and I enjoy running that race track.”
“The day race is better because you can move around a lot more. It’s nice when you can have multiple lanes to run in and move around. That’s what drivers want and that’s what fans want to see. It’s always pretty good when we’re given options and not bottom feeding. That place is really fun and it’s a mile and a half and we should start the second round strong there.”
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