“I Race Everyone Super Hard” – Ryan Blaney on Not Feuding With Many Drivers

Published 10/31/2021, 3:26 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 09: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 09, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Over the past season, a few rivalries have dominated the headlines. Chief among them was the Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick spat, which continued for a while. While there are many drivers who are engaged in fueds often, there are others, who stay as far away from fueds as possible. And Ryan Blaney belongs to the latter category.  He has insisted that he is not the type to hold grudges and carry on feuds.

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He said, “I might have had a couple of run-ins, that have been highlighted on a weekend. However, I seem to get past them pretty quick. I don’t know why that is, I’m not really a person who kind of holds grudges.

“Can’t speak for other people, but me and Jimmie [Johnson] had a thing there at the Glen. He and I kind of met the next week and agreed to disagree on some things, but we squashed that, and the same with Harvick. We had a little deal in Martinsville and went to Texas the next week and we’re fine.”

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What else did Ryan Blaney say?

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The Team Penske driver confessed that he does not have a proper answer about the question. Normally, he tries to stay out of controversial things and just focuses on racing. If Blaney feels that he is to blame, then he tends to reach out and bury the hatchet with the aggrieved rival as soon as possible. On the flip side of the coin, he tries to put himself in his opponents’ shoes, but at the end of the day they agree to disagree.

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)

Ryan Blaney continued, “For me there is no sense in holding big grudges. Once it happens over and over again, then you might think that that person might be out to get you. I race everyone super hard, there’s a difference between racing people hard or doing things that take people off or push the issue too much. You ask anybody, I race everyone the hardest out there. I try not to get into people and things like that.”

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However, he admitted that it does not pay to be overly cautious with other drivers. Instead, the attitude is to go and race hard with everyone. Blaney tries not to think about any consequences, but he just races people hard.

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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.

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