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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400

Ryan Preece at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2019. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who… should you be talking about after the Coke Zero Sugar 400? For the second week in a row, Ryan Blaney didn’t dominate a race. He merely placed himself in the right spot to pounce on a late restart.  Then, when carnage erupted behind him, the Team Penske driver capitalized with a win. Blaney’s third …

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Up to Speed: Why This Year’s Cup Series Playoffs Will Be Different for Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney walks around Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex. (Photo: NKP)

#12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang BodyArmor

Has anybody in NASCAR had a better two weeks than Ryan Blaney?  For the first time in his career, Blaney has won back-to-back Cup Series races.  The first win came at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 22.  Then, he and the No. 12 team followed up that victory with a win at Daytona International Speedway …

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Stock Car Scoop: An Early Look at the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Postseason

Ryan Blaney does a polish victory lap after posting a win at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

It was crunch time for the NASCAR Cup Series as the field headed to Daytona International Speedway for the conclusion of its 2021 regular season. The drama heading into the Coke Zero Sugar 400 lived up to expectations, producing one of the best races this year. When the smoke cleared from a last-lap wreck, Ryan …

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Ryan Blaney Wins Daytona Thriller, Tyler Reddick Clinches Final Playoff Position

2021 Cup Daytona II Ryan Blaney Pit NKP

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale ended exactly the way the year began: with a wreck at Daytona International Speedway on the final lap. This time, Ryan Blaney found himself on the right side of Lady Luck. After a wild race, filled with high stakes for drivers fighting for a spot in the …

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2-Headed Monster: Is 2021 a Career-Defining Year for Ryan Blaney?

2021 Michigan Cup Ryan Blaney woohoo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

At Michigan International Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 22), it was a Ford vs. Chevrolet duel to the finish, as you would expect it to be an hour outside of The Motor City. Perhaps more telling, it was perhaps a glimpse into the future of what rivalries will look like in the sport, with Ryan Blaney …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: Ryan Blaney Carries Momentum to Michigan Win

Ryan Blaney wins the 2021 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ryan Blaney is in the midst of what may be the best year of his Cup Series career after winning Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Blaney, whose father Dave made 473 Cup starts but never finished better than third, scored his second win of 2021. It’s the first time that the High Point, NC native …

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Stock Car Scoop: Is Ryan Blaney Becoming a Title Contender?

Ryan Blaney

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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series finally returned to oval racing this week, with 40 cars taking to the track at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 22) afternoon and it was Ryan Blaney who held off the field for his second win of the season. Does this win put him in position to be a …

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Up to Speed: How Badly Does Denny Hamlin Need a Win?

2021 COTA Cup Denny Hamlin NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

If Denny Hamlin can take any solace from his last two races, it’s that he has been close to victory lane.  During the closing laps of last weekend’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Hamlin had the checkered flag in sight.  The same was true for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.  But …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Firekeepers Casino 400

Kurt Busch looks on at 2021 Cup Circuit of the Americas. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who … should you be talking about after the race? When Ryan Blaney shot to the lead on the final restart, it was easy to think it wouldn’t stick. The final eight laps were the only ones he’d led all day, and he had the dominant Hendrick cars of William Byron and Kyle Larson behind …

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