Ryan Blaney looks to continue Talladega success
At Talladega Superspeedway, chauffeurs believe continuously about getting to the front and who can assist them arrive – all of which undergoes being fortunate adequate to prevent a huge wreck.
Ryan Blaney doesn’t consider the latter part.
“If you’re thinking about that, then your mind’s somewhere else,” Blaney stated in a Thursday media teleconference. “You understand what it can be, but when you’re out there running, you’re not thinking, ‘Oh, we might wreck, we might wreck, we might wreck. I’m afraid to get in a wreck.’
“You never think about that – at least, I don’t. If it happens, it happens. And until it does happen, you’re not conscious of that at all. You’re trying to figure out ways to get to the front, stay there, lead laps, win stages, win the race.”
The Group Penske motorist has actually won 2 of the last 3 races at NASCAR’s most significant track, which is successive on the Cup Series schedule. Sunday’s race (2 p.m. ET, FOX) will mark his 14th Talladega Cup begin.
From his very first Talladega Cup begin in October 2014 to now, Blaney acknowledges how his method has actually altered on superspeedways.
Vibrant hostility has actually paved the way to a veteran’s gratitude for whatever that enters into triumphing in this design of racing: Getting in front of a huge run from behind, understanding how to work the lanes to get ahead, and maybe essential, the team effort that everything needs.
“The communication really has to be the best that it can be,” stated Blaney. “Working with Josh (Williams) as my spotter, he’s done a great job and we’ve done a good job of getting better every year with him watching the races, him telling me a lot of information on what to do.
“I usually don’t like a lot of talking on the radio and information besides the (superspeedways). Because you just need that constant info. I like that side, that everyone’s really involved and it takes a lot of teamwork and communication to run well there.”
Blaney’s company has actually had that down pat at Talladega. A Group Penske motorist has actually won 8 of the previous 13 Talladega Cup races, going back to Brad Keselowski‘s playoff victory in October 2014.
Eyes will be on the Penske camp (including the Wood Brothers’ Matt DiBenedetto) once again this weekend, however not simply for their previous Talladega success.
The Cup Series is back on a superspeedway for the very first time because the season-opening Daytona 500. On the last lap, Penske chauffeurs Joey Logano and Keselowski were running 1-2 till contact in between them cost them both the Harley J. Earl Prize.
Having actually been removed in the day’s very first significant crash on Lap 14, Blaney might just see from his sofa as his colleagues went spinning and Michael McDowell slipped through to win.
Group owner Roger Penske counseled his chauffeurs today on how to prevent a repeat. From Blaney’s perspective, the discussion was efficient.
“I feel like we had a really good discussion between all of us,” Blaney stated. “Hopefully, we have a good plan, and hopefully, we found ourselves in that spot again to where we have teammates lined up at the end of this thing and we’re leading to try and work together and win the race. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Need to Blaney gain from that strategy, it will continue a strong, if not best, early-season run for him and the No. 12 group.
Getting In Talladega, they’ve published 6 successive surfaces of 11th or much better, consisting of a win over a dominant Kyle Larson at Atlanta. Nevertheless, that stretch likewise consists of an 11th-place surface at Martinsville that might’ve been a lot more if not for a late-race charge on pit roadway.
“Getting a win early in the year is obviously nice,” Blaney stated. “I think the 12 group’s in a really good spot now. There’s some things we’ve got to clean up at some places, like the Martinsville deal. It’s nice having a good run there and winning a couple of stages, but the deal that happened at the end of the race with the final pit stop – you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’”
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