Blaney Puts Quick Lane Ford Fusion Among The Top 10 In Indy Qualifying
July 22, 2017
Ryan Blaney advanced through the three rounds of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday and earned the 10th starting spot for Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
It was his 14th top-10 qualifying effort in 20 races this season and his sixth in the past seven races. Continue reading Blaney Puts Quick Lane Ford Fusion Among The Top 10 In Indy Qualifying
Glen Wood’s 92nd Birthday Gathering Sets The Tone For Quick Lane Team’s Trip To Indy
July 20, 2017
Each year, when the Wood Brothers, their driver Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Quick Lane team roll into Indianapolis Motor Speedway to compete in the Brickyard 400, they find themselves in awe of that track and the people who have competed there over the years.
It’s especially true this year because on Tuesday, at team founder Glen Wood’s 92nd birthday celebration in Stuart, Va., there was Indy history all around.
There with Glen Wood were his brothers Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee, who worked the pits in 1965 as Jim Clark delivered Ford its first Indy 500 victory. Continue reading Glen Wood’s 92nd Birthday Gathering Sets The Tone For Quick Lane Team’s Trip To Indy
Blaney Moves To 12th In Points Despite 19th-Place Finish At New Hampshire
July 17, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team got off to a good start in Sunday’s 301-lap race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but the second half of the race was more of a challenge with changing track conditions and untimely caution periods.
Blaney wound up a disappointing 19th at the finish, but that was good enough to move up one spot to 12th place in the championship standings. Continue reading Blaney Moves To 12th In Points Despite 19th-Place Finish At New Hampshire
Blaney To Start 15th At New Hampshire
July 14, 2017
Most weeks throughout the 2017 season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have been able to improve their speed through the rounds of knock-out qualifying.
On Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Blaney and the team experienced a rare drop-off after Round Two and did not advance to the final round for the first time in the past six qualifying sessions. Still, Blaney will line up 15th for Sunday’s 301-lap race. Continue reading Blaney To Start 15th At New Hampshire
Blaney Leads The Way For Ford In Kentucky Qualifying
July 7, 2017
Lighting in the vicinity of Kentucky Speedway on Friday evening forced an early end to qualifying and left Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion with the sixth starting position for Saturday night’s race.
His speed was the best of the Ford contingent, which placed three drivers in the top 10.
It was Blaney’s fifth-straight top-10 qualifying performance, his seventh in the past eight races and his 13th top-10 start in 18 tries this season.
As has been the case most weeks this season, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team unloaded a fast Ford Fusion. Blaney was fourth fastest in the two practice sessions on Friday, posting a best lap of 186.059 miles per hour in the first session and running 186.458 mph in the second. Continue reading Blaney Leads The Way For Ford In Kentucky Qualifying
Blaney Hoping To Build Playoff Momentum Beginning This Week At Kentucky
July 6, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team are hoping to capitalize this weekend on the speed they’ve shown in their past two trips to Kentucky Speedway.
Blaney did not get to qualify in 2015. Because the Wood Brothers were at that point a part-time team without a provisional starting spot he didn’t race. Last year, qualifying was rained out again, but he did get to start and ran among the leaders before being collected in a crash on a mid-race restart.
“I think our Cup cars have actually been really good [at Kentucky],” Blaney said on this week’s NASCAR teleconference. “We haven’t really got the great finishes that I feel like we should have gotten there, but I’m excited to get back. Continue reading Blaney Hoping To Build Playoff Momentum Beginning This Week At Kentucky
Late Crash Leaves Blaney 26th At Daytona
July 2, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were major players for the majority of Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
But a multi-car crash with six of the race’s scheduled 160 laps left to run ended Blaney’s night and left him with a 26th-place finish.
Up to that point, he’d been able to move through the field at will and led the race for nine circuits, from Lap 127 to Lap 135.
Just prior to the crash that ended his night, Blaney was racing for the top spot, chose the inside lane, but got no drafting help. He dropped back outside the top 20 but was on his way back to the front when Kyle Larson lost control, made contact with another car and sailed into the air right in front of Blaney, who was against the outside wall and had no escape route. Continue reading Late Crash Leaves Blaney 26th At Daytona
Fast Qualifying Lap At Daytona Earns Blaney His 12th Top-10 Start of 2017
June 30, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team continued their run of success in Monster Energy Cup qualifying with a ninth-place performance at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
It was the 12th time in 17 races this season that Blaney has qualified ninth or better.
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team unloaded a fast Ford Fusion at Daytona. Blaney, who finished second in his last race on the 2.5-mile track, was fifth fastest in the opening practice session with a best lap at 197.165 miles per hour. The team elected to skip the Happy Hour session on Thursday.
On Friday, Blaney was seventh fastest in the opening qualifying session with a lap at 189.765 mph. Then he ran a tick of the clock quicker at 189.785 mph in the final round to secure the ninth starting spot for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400.
“We were consistent,” Blaney told reporters after qualifying. “I think our car has good speed, maybe not as much speed as you want in qualifying but I think our race car is going to be pretty fast (on Saturday night).
“We can see the front, which is nice.”
Saturday’s 400-miler is scheduled to get the green flag just after 7:30 p.m. with TV coverage on NBC.
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Preparing A Fast Fusion For Daytona
June 28, 2017
As Eddie Wood heads to Daytona International Speedway for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400, the co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney figures there’s no better time to be campaigning a Ford Fusion.
Ford drivers have won seven of the 16 Monster Energy Cup races so far this season including two of the past three, one of them being Blaney’s win at Pocono three weeks ago and the other Kevin Harvick’s triumph at Sonoma on Sunday. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Preparing A Fast Fusion For Daytona
Blaney Shows Budding Road-Course Skills With Ninth-Place Finish At Sonoma
June 25, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, having already proven this season that they are capable of great finishes on superspeedways and intermediate tracks, added road courses to that list with a strong run at Sonoma Raceway.
In his second Cup start at the California track, Blaney started seventh, finished ninth and picked up 11 stage points along the way via finishes of fourth in the first 25-lap stage and seventh in the second. Continue reading Blaney Shows Budding Road-Course Skills With Ninth-Place Finish At Sonoma
Blaney Qualifies Seventh At Sonoma
June 24, 2017
For the 11th time in 16 races this season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have qualified seventh or better.
The latest came on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway where Blaney qualified seventh in just his third Cup start on a road course. Last year he qualified 26th at Sonoma and 19th at Watkins Glen, the other road course on the Cup circuit. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies Seventh At Sonoma
Road-Course Racing A Big Part Of Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team History
June 22, 2017
When Eddie and Len Wood head west this weekend for the races at Sonoma Raceway, they’ll travel by jet airplane.
But on that flight their minds likely will wander back to the days when they drove the team hauler to road course races at another California track, Riverside International Raceway.
Back in the day, Eddie and Len Wood, now the co-owners of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, made that long trek in the company of some older members of the team, like their father Glen Wood, uncle Leonard Wood or a crewmember like Kenny Martin. Continue reading Road-Course Racing A Big Part Of Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team History
Blaney, Omnicraft Ford To Start Sixth At Michigan
June 16, 2017
It took a second attempt in Round Two of qualifying at Michigan International Speedway, but Ryan Blaney was able to advance to the final round and put the No. 21 Omnicraft Ford Fusion in sixth place for the start of Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.
Blaney, fresh off a victory at Pocono Raceway, was ninth fastest in the opening practice at Michigan with a best lap of 199.545 miles per hour.
He was ninth fastest in the opening round of qualifying, which allowed him to advance to the second of three qualifying rounds. Continue reading Blaney, Omnicraft Ford To Start Sixth At Michigan
Blaney Sporting Omnicraft Colors At Michigan
June 16, 2017
With their 99th victory secured by a dramatic finish of last Sunday’s Pocono 400, the Wood Brothers will kick off their quest for No. 100 in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at one of their favorite tracks, Michigan International Speedway.
It’s a place that has seen the Woods win 11 times in the past, including the inaugural Motor State 500 back on June 15, 1969. And it’s the home track for their long-time supporter Ford Motor Company.
This weekend, the familiar Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors will give way to the orange logos of Omnicraft, Ford Motor Company’s new brand of quality replacement parts for non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles. The Omnicraft brand, which made its debut in January, is Ford’s first new parts brand in 50 years and will give its dealers and the Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers access to quality parts for any vehicle brought in for service. Continue reading Blaney Sporting Omnicraft Colors At Michigan
BLANEY TAKES HOME FIRST NASCAR CUP SERIES WIN!
99th Wood Brothers’ Win
LONG POND, Penn., June 12, 2017 – Ryan Blaney won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway and first for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing since 2011. Ford Performance swept the weekend at Pocono with the power of Ford FR9 race engines and marked Roush Yates Engines 298th overall MENCS, IMSA and FIA win.
“Congratulations to Ryan and the Wood Brothers Racing on their first win together,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan drove the car like a veteran, taking on the best in the sport and battled for his first win. A solid day for the Ford Performance teams with four Fords finishing in the top five.” Continue reading BLANEY TAKES HOME FIRST NASCAR CUP SERIES WIN! 99th Wood Brothers’ Win
Blaney Scores Popular First Cup Victory At Pocono
June 11, 2017
Ryan Blaney’s victory in Sunday’s 400-miler at Pocono Raceway will likely go down in NASCAR history as one for the ages, and for all ages.
It was the first Cup victory for the 23-year-old driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and the 99th for his Wood Brothers team.
The combination of Blaney, one of the sport’s future superstars, and the Wood Brothers, the sport’s oldest continuously competing team, produced a victory that was popular with the sport’s older fans and with its younger, newer ones. Continue reading Blaney Scores Popular First Cup Victory At Pocono
Blaney Qualifies Fourth At Pocono
June 9, 2017
Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team led the way for Ford Motor Company in Cup qualifying at Pocono Raceway, earning the fourth starting position for Sunday’s Pocono 400.
It was the sixth time in 14 races this season that Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have qualified in the top five. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies Fourth At Pocono
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready For Unpredictable Pocono
June 7, 2017
Pocono Raceway, site of this weekend’s Pocono 400, is one of the more unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, likes the challenges it presents. Continue reading Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Ready For Unpredictable Pocono
Drive-Train Issues Drop Blaney To 32nd At Dover
June 4, 2017
A second drive-train failure in as many weeks relegated Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team to a 32nd-place finish in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway.
As he has in most races this season, Blaney got off to a fast start at Dover and finished both of the first two 120-lap stages among the top 10. He was seventh in the first stage, earning four points, and eighth in the second, earning another three.
But on a restart at the beginning of the third and final stage of the race, the No. 21 Fusion slowed, and Blaney drove to the garage where the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team attempted to fix the problem of the car not pulling properly. Continue reading Drive-Train Issues Drop Blaney To 32nd At Dover