GOOD DAY FOR BLANEY IN MARTINSVILLE

Ryan Blaney turned in his best career Martinsville Speedway finish in Monday’s STP 500.

The Team Penske driver came home third for his best performance in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Virginia short track.

“It was a good showing for us, for sure,” Blaney said. “I think the track tightened up a good bit there towards the end and we just got a little bit behind. Congrats to Clint (Bowyer) for winning that race. It was fun racing with him for a bit, but for us to come out of here and lead a bunch of laps, win a stage and run third here at Martinsville, where I usually run terrible, that says a lot about this team and the preparation that they did getting ready for this race. That’s nice to have, we just need to be a little bit better.”

Blaney led 145 laps to be exact – the first laps led in his short track Cup career. He joined his Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski in the top 10 to continue the organization’s strong start to the season.

But Blaney is hoping to find a little bit more in the coming weeks.

“The good news is all of us are running well, which is what you want as an organization,” he said. “I don’t think you can ever pinpoint a certain team or car as the best car there.

“I think we all run pretty well, so it’s just good to be at a team to where we’re pretty strong right now and we just need that little bit more to be in Victory Lane and hopefully we can get there.”

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