Ryan Blaney Has Kyle Busch to Thank for His Win at Michigan

Published 08/23/2021, 1:10 PM EDT
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)


At the Michigan International Speedway, Ryan Blaney took top honors at the race track. This is his second win of the 2021 season, following a triumph at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Blaney also finished ahead of Hendrick Motorsports duo, William Byron and Kyle Larson. And the Team Penske driver attributed his win to a small bit of aid from Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Kyle Busch.

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Blaney said, “Got a great push by the #18 on the restart. Was able to get clear there. Michigan’s a matter of pretty much running wide open and just trying to play the air game. I hate that you have to race that way, but that’s how you have to run. We weren’t great to start the day off, but we kept working and working.”

The Penske driver acknowledged that it was a massive victory for Ford and the Penske team. He also confessed that he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would win the race.

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What else did Ryan Blaney say about the race?

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Blaney insisted that he and the team have worked hard and worked out any issues, early. From there, they began to steadily improve, and the push from Kyle Busch was a big boon. Of course, Ryan Blaney’s triumph means little in the playoff qualification battle, as he has already booked his seat.

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)

At the moment, he is sitting in seventh place in the championship. Kyle Larson is sitting pretty at the top, with Denny Hamlin chasing him and his first win of the season. Behind them are Kyle Busch, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr and Blaney himself.

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Next weekend is the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 also marks the regular-season finale and the final race before the playoffs. Once that commences, the kid gloves will come off and the battle will truly begin.

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