“Grew Up Watching Dad Here” – Ryan Blaney Proud to Win at Daytona International Speedway

Published 08/29/2021, 9:29 AM EDT
MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 27: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Moen Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2018 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


The 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 has concluded with Ryan Blaney taking top honors. This is his second consecutive win of the season and has rocketed him up to second in the championship. Needless to say, he has officially become one of the biggest threats to regular season champion, Kyle Larson.

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Speaking after the race, he said, “Very excited to get our second win in a row. At Daytona especially, it’s obviously a very neat place. I grew up watching dad here as a kid.

“Looking forward to the playoffs, it’s been a great couple of weeks and we’ll carry that momentum and confidence into the playoffs. New job at hand, need to have a good 10 weeks.”

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The Penske #12 driver has been in red hot form in the past few races. Ever since Pocono, he has consistently placed in the top six, apart from Road America and Watkins Glen.

How did Ryan Blaney win the Coke Zero Sugar 400?

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Blaney started the race from sixth position, though he later moved up to fifth after pole man Kyle Larson got sent to the back of the grid after his car failed inspection.

Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney (12) passes NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) late in the race to take the lead for the final time at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Since this is NASCAR, chaos was expected, and the Daytona International Speedway delivered handsomely. The good news was that the #12 Penske driver was able to dodge most of the carnage and emerge in the lead. On the last couple of laps, he was leading when Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch, and Kevin Harvick triggered a big wreck.

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In a sense, he was lucky to escape unscathed, as were a few others like Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. In the end, Ryan Blaney snatched his third win of the season and his second consecutive triumph.

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