“Going to Be a Heck of a Race” – Ryan Blaney on His Championship 4 Chances

Published 10/30/2021, 1:41 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 30: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on August 30, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

We are steadily building up to the climax of the 2021 Cup Series title race. Kyle Larson has already booked his seat in the finale, and is awaiting his rivals. Among the hopefuls, is Team Penske driver, Ryan Blaney. The #12 driver has racked up three wins this year, including two on the trot.


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Recently, he spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about his championship chances. He said, “It’s going to be a heck of a race. We’ve got five guys essentially going for one spot. With the #11 and #9 kind of being up there in the points. You know they are not going to have trouble. Definitely, all the people you’ve listed thus far, are really good at Martinsville in the past. Any one of us could win that race.”

Ryan Blaney confessed that it may not take a win to qualify. However, he did acknowledge that it would be a good morale booster ahead of the finale.


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What else did Ryan Blaney say?

According to him, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and he are close together in the points. The trick is to set themselves up for a decent finish in the Martinsville race. Stage wins will be crucial, and eventually, they need to build up to winning the race itself. This is because the stage wins will offer valuable points for them.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 12: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, speaks with the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

While a win may not be a deciding factor, it would be nice if one of them won the race. However, the #12 driver will be hugely aware that this is easier said than done. With the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott locking out the front row, things will be difficult. On the bright side, it is a long race and anything can happen during the two stages and in the final sprint to the finish.


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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.