After Being Insultingly Branded a “Broke D**k” by Joe Gibbs’ Team, Ryan Blaney Calls Out Reporter

Published 06/12/2023, 9:57 AM EDT

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The recent Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway witnessed an intense and controversial showdown between two well-respected NASCAR drivers, Ryan Blaney, and Michael McDowell. Blaney, the driver of the #12 Ford Mustang fielded by Team Penske, experienced a challenging race filled with spins and encounters with McDowell’s car. The aftermath of the race left Blaney furious, leading to an awkward exchange with a reporter.

This incident has generated significant attention and intrigue within the racing community, highlighting the intense emotions and competitive spirit that fuel these drivers.

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In the post-race exchange between Ryan Blaney and a media official, the tension between the driver and Michael McDowell may have reached a boiling point. Blaney accused McDowell of intentionally “dumping” him during the race, implying that the incident was a deliberate act of aggression. Amidst this heated exchange, the reporter posed a question, hoping to stir controversy further.

Blaney, frustrated by the race and the insulting remarks made by Joe Gibbs’ team, lashed out at the reporter.

He retorted, “Quit trying to create controversy.” Blaney’s response was a clear display of his emotions running high and his refusal to engage in unnecessary drama. The incident highlighted the intensity and pressure drivers face, especially after a disappointing race, and how even a seemingly innocent question can trigger an emotional response.

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In another unexpected twist, James Small, a member of the Joe Gibbs Racing team, and Truex’s crew chief, made an insulting comment about Ryan Blaney.

During the race, Small was overheard on the No. 19 radio stating, “Blaney has run like a broke d**k,” while discussing the positions of other drivers. Small’s comment added insult to injury for Blaney, who was already reeling from the race incident.


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During the incident, Blaney was running in the top 10 before the spin occurred, ultimately resulting in a disappointing 31st-place finish for him. However, the Coca-Cola 600 win had already secured Blaney a spot in the playoffs. While this particular race will undoubtedly leave a sour taste in his mouth for a short while, with the off week approaching, the incident is unlikely to have a significant long-term impact.

McDowell, on the other hand, managed to salvage a respectable seventh-place finish, continuing his recent string of strong performances. Throughout the Sonoma race and the Toyota/Save Mart 350, McDowell showcased his skill and competitiveness, often finding himself in the top-5 and contending for the lead. With a few breaks going his way, he could have potentially secured a surprise victory for his Front Row Motorsports team.


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As NASCAR fans, we can expect more twists and turns in this story as additional perspectives emerge. It is essential to remember that racing is a highly competitive sport, and drivers’ emotions can sometimes get the better of them.


Written by:

Dasnoor Anand


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Dasnoor Anand is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports who brings a fresh perspective to the world of motorsports. She has always had a knack for writing and a love for cars. For years, she has been a devoted follower of motorsports and is particularly intrigued by the inner workings of Formula 1 teams as well as Stock Car Auto Racing.
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Ranvijay Singh