DEARBORN – Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team come to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Overton’s 301 with two missions in mind. One is to improve on their 11th– and 12th-place finishes last season in Loudon. The second is to further solidify their position in the NASCAR Playoff standings.
If Blaney and company achieve the first goal, the second should take care of itself.
The Wood Brothers Racing driver currently is seventh on the post-season chart with his Pocono win and eight playoff points. A win and/or some additional stage wins would go a long way toward giving his team an advantage when the playoffs begin in Chicago in September.
Comparing New Hampshire Motor Speedway to other Tracks:
“It’s really a blown-up Martinsville pretty much. Martinsville times two I guess you could say. There are some characteristics about Phoenix that you can apply to New Hampshire. Turns three and four at Phoenix are pretty similar to New Hampshire, really the whole race track.”
Looking for Improvement this Weekend:
“That’s another place we’re trying to get a handle on, both myself and the team. Short tracks have kind of been my downfall. I haven’t run great at New Hampshire before. We’ve been okay there but never in contention to run in the top five. We had a test there earlier in the season and it went fairly well. We learned a few things whether it was on my side driving or car set up wise to try to help us out. It’s a really tough race track and hopefully we can go there and keep improving. That’s all we look for.”
RYAN BLANEY NEW HAMPSHIRE FAST FACTS:
- Finished 11th and 12th in the two New Hampshire races last season
- Started 16th and finished 23rd in 2015
- Has one win, three top fives and seven top 10s overall in 2017
- His average start in 2017 is 9th
WOOD BROTHERS NEW HAMPSHIRE FAST FACTS:
- This will be the team’s 31st start at New Hampshire
- Team has two top fives and five top 10s at the track
- Finished second twice, with Morgan Shepherd in 1995 and Ricky Rudd in 2003
CREW CHIEF JEREMY BULLINS
On New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
“Last year at Loudon we were rebounding from a wreck at Kentucky and finished 11th. This year, we’re building on a solid 10th at Kentucky and expect to do even better than that to improve our playoff outlook. To do that, we’ll have to stay on top of the race strategy since it’s usually quite difficult to pass at Loudon. You’ll see teams try all kinds of pit sequences trying to be up front at the end when it counts. If you can execute a good strategy throughout the day it will pay dividends.”