NASCAR: Ryan Blaney Feels Team Penske Is Making Gains but Hendrick Motorsports Is Still Dominant

Published 03/09/2021, 1:00 PM EST
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)


Following the NASCAR Cup race at Las Vegas, Ryan Blaney spoke about how things panned out for him. Blaney managed to finish 5th in the race, the second Penske car on the track.

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In conversation with FOX Sports, he acknowledged that the Top-10 was practically filled by Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs and Team Penske cars.

At this race, Joe Gibbs Racing managed to get all four cars in the Top-10. Hendrick Motorsports sneaked in two cars, with one of them winning. Finally, Team Penske got all three Penske cars in it as well, with Brad Keselowski as the lead Penske in 2nd.

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Ryan Blaney said, “Obviously those guys are really fast right now. Hendrick showed it last week with the #24, obviously the #5 was really fast today.

“But I thought we all made good gains, I didn’t think we were that great at Homestead last week. I thought our company struggled a little bit and we put in a lot of work this week to come here and be better.”

What else did Ryan Blaney say?

The driver acknowledged that the Team Penske outfit was performing well. However, he knows that they still have a long way to go to reach a satisfactory level.

Ryan Blaney confessed that the #5 Hendrick Motorsports car was pretty dominant, but he and his team will certainly strive to be better.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, is introduced before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

At the end of the day, it is good to be close to the leaders. Luckily for Blaney, Keselowski and Joey Logano, the season has only just begun. With only four races done and dusted, there is plenty of time to buck up and floor the pedal.

Given that these four races have produced four different winners, a Team Penske race win should not be outside the realm of reality.

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