Interesting Statistic Reveals How Ryan Blaney Enjoys Close Finishes to the Chequered Flag

Published 08/26/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Accella/Carlisle Ford, prepares to climb into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Over the course of his NASCAR Cup Series career, Ryan Blaney has picked up six wins. His latest one came at the Michigan International Speedway and is the second win this season. It is also interesting to note that nearly all of his race wins have come from close finishes.

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The only exception is the 2021 Cup Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Over there, he amassed a comfortable 2.083 second margin to second-placed Kyle Larson. Other than that, the next biggest gap was a 0.792 triumph at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018, ahead of Jamie McMurray.

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At his first win at the Pocono Raceway, Ryan Blaney enjoyed a 0.139 second gap to Kevin Harvick in 2017. His 2021 Michigan International speedway is his third-closest victory in the Cup Series. Over here, he finished 0.077 seconds ahead of the Hendrick Motorsports car of William Byron.

Which is the narrowest margin of victory for Ryan Blaney?

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Interestingly, Blaney’s two wins at Talladega in 2019 and 2020 were the closest victories in his entire career. On both occasions, he narrowly won by seven thousandths of a second. In 2019, he barely edged ahead of Ryan Newman in the #6 Roush Fenway Racing car. Last year, he staved off a fierce assault from Ricky Stenhouse Jr and somehow managed to inch ahead of him.

NEWTON, IA – JULY 31: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular race at Iowa Speedway on July 31, 2015 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Both of those wins place him in the Top 10 closest NASCAR Cup Series victories in history. Ahead of him are Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. In Johnson’s case, six thousands of a second separated him from him Harvick himself. In a separate race, six thousands of a second separated Harvick from Jeff Gordon.

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Back in 2001, Mike Skinner achieved a 0.004 second gap over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Finally, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer’s 2011 duel is tied with Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch’s 2003 classic. Both of those races finished with the winner and runner-up separated by 0.002 seconds.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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