It’s currently a case of “follow the leader” within one Mooresville-based professional car racing organization.
Driver Ryan Blaney piloted the No. 22 Ford Mustang housed out of local-based Team Penske to Victory Lane over the past weekend by finishing first in the second-tier NASCAR Xfinity Series scheduled tour stop at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney prevailed in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 to win for the first time in his career at TMS while also helping extend a current same-season winning spree for the home team in the process. He stretched Team Penske’s winning ways to three straight by following closely on the heels of his two teammates that each picked up wins in the previous two scheduled races.
“It was just really a fast race car,” Blaney confirmed in Victory Lane. “That is three in a row for this team with three different drivers. That says about the whole team to bring fast race cars to the tracks lately. Hopefully, we can keep this up. It was definitely a fun day.”
As has been the case in each previous victory, power behind the winning engine was provided courtesy of Mooresville-based Roush Yates Engines.
“Congratulations to everyone at Penske Racing,” assured Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan drove an impressive race to win the third consecutive Xfinity race. The entire Ford Performance program has started off strong, and Roush Yates is honored to be a part of this winning organization.”
Blaney paced the field for each of the first 45 laps to win the first stage. He wound up riding point for a race-best 132 laps and crossed the finish line in excess of two full seconds ahead of the next-best entry in the field. The triumph was also Blaney’s seventh of his NFS career.