Ryan Blaney Describes the ‘Clowns’ and Friends in NASCAR He Races Against

Published 12/22/2021, 8:05 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 26: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Snap-on Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)


Racing cars in NASCAR is one of the fiercest forms of sports there are. Not only does racing test your skills and your reflex, but it also tests your emotions. And emotions have to be kept in check when you’re going over 150mph wheel-to-wheel. And racing alongside a friend or someone who isn’t friendly makes a big difference. This is what driver Ryan Blaney recently confirmed.

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In an interview, Blaney spoke about his friendship with other drivers and also the ones that he likes to stay away from on track. Now, Blaney didn’t name any names for the ‘clowns’, but one may still be able to figure that out.

Speaking of the drivers, he can’t trust on track, Blaney said, “There’s couple guys in there that might… you don’t wanna run around you know, more than others.”

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“Some of it might just be what happened in that certain race, some of it might be something that happened the week before. You’re like, ‘I don’t want to be around this clown’.”

The Team Penske driver also described how everyone makes mistakes and how every racer is talented in their own right.

Ryan Blaney and his cool racing dynamic with childhood friends

The 27-year-old driver revealed how some of the biggest names in NASCAR are the ones he grew up with as friends.

“I grew up racing with Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott. I’ve known those guys forever.”

And to Blaney, racing with friends is an interesting balancing act that creates a ‘cool dynamic’. Perhaps simply because when racing against buddies, one wants to beat them more than other drivers, just to have the ‘bragging rights.’ 

“It’s a cool dynamic because we race each other probably the hardest out of anybody, but we race each other super clean.”

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Wabash National Ford, stands on the grid during the Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by The Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 02, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

So let’s see what the 2022 season has in store for Ryan Blaney and friends.

But one wonders, what if they didn’t race each other super clean, or what if Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott or Bubba Wallace weren’t or don’t remain NASCAR drivers at all?

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Well, their fans need not worry because, according to Blaney, they’d still be great friends regardless of their racing careers.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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