Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team roll into New Hampshire this week for the second race of the NASCAR Playoffs 10th in the championship standings after an 11th-place result at Chicagoland Speedway.
To keep that position above the 12-place cutoff, the Wood Brothers Racing Team will need to improve on its recent averages at the short Delaware flat track. Since Blaney took the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Ford, he has averaged starts of 15.25 and finishes of 16.25 at New Hampshire.
Driver and crew chief point to gains made at Loudon, particularly at this year’s July race, as indicators that they will perform well this weekend.
Blaney and company need to be in the top 12 of the current 16 NASCAR Playoff teams after the Dover race on Oct. 1 to transfer into Round 2.
On New Hampshire Motor Speedway
“I think I’m getting better at these flatter short tracks that are places where I usually struggle. I thought we had a good first half of the race there in July and we kind of faded toward the end of that race which was kind of disheartening. I think we can have a solid run there. We’ve gotten better and better there. We learned a little bit in the first race to hopefully have a good, solid run.”