Ryan Blaney, the 18-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, made his debut with Penske Racing in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway. He finished 10th, his second series top-10. He finished seventh earlier this season at Richmond, Va., driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing.
Blaney was asked about how his race went.
"It was and
up and down night for this Discount Tire Dodge tonight. We just really couldn’t
get going. After pit stops it took us a while to get going and get with
everyone else. Once we did get going our car was fast towards the end of the
runs," he said. "Our last run was great. We were running down guys and were really fast.
A few tough breaks there at the end kept us from bringing home a top-seven or
Was it tough to gauge how fast your car was running mid-pack?
"Yeah, track position is important here and it’s
tough to get going. You couldn’t really drive around the outside of guys and
you had to be really patient. Track position was tough," he said. "We had decent track
position one time, took two tires and we just didn’t run well initially after
the pit stop. That was our issue most of the race. We’ll go get them at
Assessment from crew chief Jeremy Bullins:
"It was a solid night for the
Discount Tire Dodge. It’s just about learning what Ryan needs and likes inside
the race car. Coming out of here with a top-10 is a solid night. We had to
overcome some things on pit road. It’s so important to get out front and get
track position here and when you lose a few spots on pit road it’s tough to get
them back," he said. "Ryan battled and got us some of those spots back. Our car was
really, really good on long runs. At the end of the run we had a car as fast
as a top-five car. We just didn’t have what we needed on the short