One of the most promising young stars in NASCAR, Ryan Blaney returns for his third season with Team Penske and Brad Keselowski Racing in 2014. Blaney has a full plate this season as he runs the full 22 race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing as well as 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the No. 22 Discount Tire / Hertz /Snap-on Ford Mustang and a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races driving the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion for Team Penske.
With only three starts behind the wheel of the No. 22 Mustang in 2013, Blaney proved he could race with the best as he earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory after leading 96 of 200 laps at Kentucky Speedway while out dueling series regulars like champion Austin Dillon and Blaney’s Team Penske teammate, Sam Hornish, Jr. Blaney earned a ninth place finish at Iowa Speedway while substituting for scheduled driver Joey Logano after a rain delay forced the race to Sunday. Blaney also secured a 10th place finish at Phoenix.
With his victory at Kentucky, Blaney helped the No. 22 team score solid points that eventually led to the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series owner’s title for Team Penske.
Along with his starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Blaney also competed full time for his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, as a part of Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. Piloting the wheel of the No. 29 F-150, Blaney earned his second career win at Pocono Raceway along with his first career pole in the series at Kentucky Speedway. He also produced eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. As a result of his strong performance, Blaney won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award for the Camping World Truck Series.
In just seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races with Team Penske in 2012, Blaney recorded five top-10 finishes among those seven starts and posted a then series career best runner up finish at Texas Motor Speedway. He also competed in six NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Tommy Baldwin Racing adding two more top-10 finishes to his resume.
Blaney also proved his versatility behind the wheel in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Blaney raced in nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races for Brad Keselowski Racing, and he recorded a victory at Iowa while posting top-10 results in five races.
The younger Blaney also lived up to the family name in the K&N Pro Series as he posted two runner-up finishes in just five races competing in his father, Dave Blaney’s, DB Racing entry.
With a strong pedigree in racing, it was clear from an early age that the young Blaney had a bright career ahead of him on the track. Blaney was a multi-time winner in Bandalero cars at Concord Motor Sports Park and Young Guns Winter Heat Points Champion. In Quarter Midgets, Blaney won over 100 races in three classes and won multiple class and series titles including the 2009 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Heavy AA Series, 2009 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in World Formula and Junior Half, 2008 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in Light AA, and 2007 World Formula Gasoline Alley National Championship.
As a junior developmental racer, Blaney won more than 25 races in Legend Series Cars and was also the 2007 Young Lions Winter Heat Point Champion and Lowe’s Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Winner in Young Lions.
At age 15, Blaney was voted the 2009 PASS South Rookie of the Year and was again series runner up with 12 top-10 finishes in 14 starts while he finishing third in the overall 2009 PASS National standings. In his debut late model season in 2008, Blaney produced four top-10 results in six starts.
Blaney also captured the 2011 PASS South Super Late Model Championship after he won twice and posted six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He won the 2010 CRA Southern Six Pack Championship behind one race victory and finished second in the 2010 PASS South points standings as he earned three wins and finished in the top-10 nine times in 13 races.
In his first start in the ARCA Series, Blaney won the pole position in track record time at storied Winchester Speedway in June of 2011, and he led 154 of 200 laps before a cut tire led to a sixth place finish. Later that season, Blaney finished second to eventual series champion Ty Dillon after starting on the outside pole at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis as Blaney led 67 of 203 laps.
In 2011, Blaney made a memorable debut in heavier race cars after a stellar developmental career as he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in November at Phoenix International Raceway in dominating fashion in only his third career K&N Series start. Blaney finished eighth in his K&N Series debut in April 2011 at Richmond International Raceway after qualifying 10th. He finished 17th at Iowa Speedway prior to that as he started third and ran in the top-five for much of the event.
His experience and success in the NASCAR developmental ranks helped pave the way for him to Team Penske and Brad Keselowski Racing where he has made the most of the opportunities he’s earned since joining the teams in 2012. As he continues to grow as a racer, Blaney has the benefit of the winning and experienced No. 22 Discount Tire / Hertz / Snap-on Ford Mustang and No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 teams behind him. With talented and winning teammates like Keselowski and Logano to learn from and a championship winning crew, Blaney will continue to blossom at Team Penske and Brad Keselowski Racing this season.