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Ford Championship Weekend At Homestead Marks Ryan Blaney’s Final Ride In The No. 21 Fusion

Ford Championship Weekend At Homestead Marks Ryan Blaney’s Final Ride In The No. 21 Fusion

November 14, 2017

The Ryan Blaney chapter in Wood Brothers history comes to a close this weekend with the running of the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Beginning next season, Blaney and crew chief Jeremy Bullins will return to Team Penske, and the iconic No. 21 Fusion will be driven by Paul Menard, with Greg Erwin serving as crew chief. Continue reading Ford Championship Weekend At Homestead Marks Ryan Blaney’s Final Ride In The No. 21 Fusion

Valiant Effort At Phoenix Not Enough To Keep Blaney SKF/Quick Lane Team In The Playoff Picture

Valiant Effort At Phoenix Not Enough To Keep Blaney SKF/Quick Lane Team In The Playoff Picture
November 12, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 SKF/Quick Lane Ford team came up short of being among the four drivers and their teams that will compete for the Monster Energy Cup Series championship at Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week. Continue reading Valiant Effort At Phoenix Not Enough To Keep Blaney SKF/Quick Lane Team In The Playoff Picture

Blaney Adds Phoenix Pole To List Of Season Accomplishments

Blaney Adds Phoenix Pole To List Of Season Accomplishments
November 11, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 SKF/Quick Lane wrote another chapter in their storybook 2017 season by winning the pole for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

It was Blaney’s second career pole and the 118th for his Wood Brothers team. Continue reading Blaney Adds Phoenix Pole To List Of Season Accomplishments

Blaney, SKF/Quick Lane Team Head To Phoenix Still In The Running For 2017 Championship

Blaney, SKF/Quick Lane Team Head To Phoenix Still In The Running For 2017 Championship
November 8, 2017

For Eddie Wood, there are two ways of looking at his team’s status headed into this weekend’s Can-Am 500, the final race of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs Round of Eight. On one hand, it’s a “must-win” race if Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 team want to advance to the final round of the playoffs and compete for the Cup title in Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead Miami-Speedway. It is possible for Blaney to get a berth in the title round without a Phoenix win, but it would take a combination of a great finish by Blaney and poor finishes by the other five playoff contenders not already assured of advancing.

On the other hand, it’s a “can’t lose” time for the team, as Blaney and the crew can celebrate a fantastic season no matter how they finish at Phoenix.

With three drivers – Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. – already assured of being in the elite four on Ford Championship weekend, there’s only one spot left and Blaney is sixth in the standings, 22 points below the cut-off line for advancement.

“I think it’s quite an accomplishment to go into the next-to-last race of the season and still be in the running for the championship,” said Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 team. “Going into the season I would have been happy just to make it into the playoffs, so getting through the rounds and coming this far has been a bonus.”

Indeed, Blaney and the team have had an amazing season considering Blaney and his crew chief Jeremy Bullins are just in their second full season in NASCAR’s elite division. And the Wood Brothers are back on a full time basis for just the second year after running a limited schedule for the previous seven seasons.

They scored a win at Pocono, Blaney’s first and the Woods’ 99th, a pole at Kansas, Blaney’s first and the team’s 117th.

So far this season, they have four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and 290 laps led.

They’ve held their own against the Cup circuit’s elite teams during the eight playoff races to date. As in most years, the playoff participants have been at their best.

“You’ve got to give credit where it’s due,” Wood said. “The teams headed to the championship round have really stepped up their performance,” Wood said. “And Ryan and Jeremy and all of our team members have done the same.

“To have finishes of third, eighth and sixth in the past three races and still needing a win at Phoenix to advance shows just how tough this playoff competition has been.”

Heading into this weekend at Phoenix, Blaney has three Cup starts on the one-mile oval in the Arizona desert. He has two top-10s there, and an average finish of 13.7, but he has a runner-up finish there in the Xfinity Series earlier this year and two top-fives in three Camping World Truck Series starts.

For Sunday’s race, the blue and white colors of SKF will be on the hood, while Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center will be on the quarter panels. SKF was a primary sponsor for the Wood Brothers in two races last season and has been a long-time supporter of motorsports, including a relationship with Wood Brothers’ technical partner, Team Penske.

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services. The company is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide.

Qualifying for the Can-Am 500 is set for Friday at 4:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Eastern Time), and Sunday’s 312-lap race is scheduled to start just after 12:30 p.m. (2:30 Eastern) with TV coverage on NBC.

Blaney Continues Impressive Playoff Run With Sixth-Place Finish at Texas

Blaney Continues Impressive Playoff Run With Sixth-Place Finish at Texas

November 6, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team turned in another strong playoff performance in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing sixth and scoring a total of 42 points. Continue reading Blaney Continues Impressive Playoff Run With Sixth-Place Finish at Texas

Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Savoring Their Success As They Prepare For Martinsville

Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Savoring Their Success As They Prepare For Martinsville

October 25, 2017

As Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Martinsville Speedway for the first race of the Round of Eight in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, they’re hoping the good times continue to roll.

Not only have Blaney and his Wood Brothers team excelled on the track this year – from winning a pole at Kansas, a race at Pocono and making it into the third round of the playoffs – they’ve had fun getting there.

Blaney said he and his team have a good working relationship, and that extends to their personal dealings as well. Continue reading Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Savoring Their Success As They Prepare For Martinsville

David Pearson-Like Drive At Kansas Earns Blaney A Berth In The Round Of Eight

David Pearson-Like Drive At Kansas Earns Blaney A Berth In The Round Of Eight

October 22, 2017

With their playoff hopes seemingly on the ropes due to a penalty after qualifying, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts team turned in a near-perfect performance in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Blaney started 40th, drove his way to fourth place by the end of the first 80-lap Stage, finished eighth in the second then third in the race to secure a berth in the Round of Eight in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood had great praise for the entire Omnicraft Auto Parts team and was especially impressed by Blaney’s poise under the pressure that comes with a cut-off race in the playoffs. Continue reading David Pearson-Like Drive At Kansas Earns Blaney A Berth In The Round Of Eight

Inspection Issue Sends Blaney To The Rear At Kansas

Inspection Issue Sends Blaney To The Rear At Kansas

October 20, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Omnicraft Auto Parts team will have to come from the rear of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after their third-place qualifying time was disallowed because the No. 21 Fusion failed a post-qualifying inspection.

Blaney, who enters the final race of the Monster Energy Cup playoff’s Round of 12 in seventh place, had been among the fastest drivers in practice and qualifying on Friday at Kansas.
Continue reading Inspection Issue Sends Blaney To The Rear At Kansas

Blaney, Omnicraft Team Head To Their Best Track For Round Of 12 Finale

Blaney, Omnicraft Team Head To Their Best Track For Round Of 12 Finale
October 18, 2017

If Ryan Blaney and his No. 21 Omnicraft team had their pick of race tracks to run the elimination race of the Round of 12 of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, they’d likely pick Kansas Speedway, the site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

Blaney made his Cup debut at Kansas in 2014, driving a Team Penske Ford. Since moving to the Wood Brothers No. 21 the next season, Kansas has statistically been his best track.

He has three finishes of seventh or better in four Kansas starts in the No. 21 Fusion with an average finish of 7.5. He won his first Cup pole there in May, and set a career record for points earned in a single race with 51. Continue reading Blaney, Omnicraft Team Head To Their Best Track For Round Of 12 Finale

Blaney Qualifies Ninth At Talladega

Blaney Qualifies Ninth At Talladega
October 14, 2017

With a strong ninth-place qualifying result on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center team set themselves up to earn some valuable stage points in Sunday’s Alabama 500.

Blaney, one of the drivers in the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, knows that earning stage points will be important if he hopes to advance to the Round of Eight, which begins after next week’s race at Kansas Speedway. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies Ninth At Talladega

Quick Lane Sponsorship A Good Fit For The No. 21 Fusion At Talladega

Quick Lane Sponsorship A Good Fit For The No. 21 Fusion At Talladega

October 12, 2017

Back in the day, when the Wood Brothers were en route to winning five races at Talladega Superspeedway from 1971 to 1980, horsepower, some slick sheet metal and a calculating driver were the most important factors in team’s performance.

But when the green flag drops Sunday to start the Alabama 500 at Talladega, Ryan Blaney and the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Fusion will need all of the above, plus some Quick Lane-type service on pit road if they hope to score stage points, contend for victory and keep their playoff hopes alive. Continue reading Quick Lane Sponsorship A Good Fit For The No. 21 Fusion At Talladega

Talladega Stage Points Are Key To Blaney’s Playoff Hopes

Talladega Stage Points Are Key To Blaney’s Playoff Hopes

October 11, 2017

Stage racing, instituted by NASCAR officials at the beginning of the season to inject drama into the early portions of races, has had a major impact on how race teams plan strategy.

For drivers and teams in the Round of 12 in the playoffs, this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway could see stage racing take on even greater importance.

In years past, some teams often chose to ride around in the rear of the pack at Talladega, hoping to avoid being collected in one of the points-killing, multi-car crashes that seem to occur on a frequent basis at the giant Alabama track. Continue reading Talladega Stage Points Are Key To Blaney’s Playoff Hopes

Blaney Rebounds From Slow Start To Finish Eighth At Charlotte

Blaney Rebounds From Slow Start To Finish Eighth At Charlotte

October 8, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team took a car that wasn’t handling very well early on in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and tuned it to the point that it finished eighth. The team now heads to Talladega Superspeedway just five points back of a spot among the top eight that will advance to the third round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Blaney started the 500 from 15th place but was running outside the top 20 when the planned competition caution flag flew at Lap 35.

From that point on, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team worked on the No. 21 Fusion on each pit stop, and by the end of Stage Two, Blaney was running in the ninth position, which earned him two valuable stage points. Continue reading Blaney Rebounds From Slow Start To Finish Eighth At Charlotte

Wood Brothers Considered Robert Yates A Member Of Their Racing Family

Wood Brothers Considered Robert Yates A Member Of Their Racing Family

October 4, 2017

As Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to Charlotte Motor Speedway to continue their participation in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, their thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the late Robert Yates.

Yates, known throughout the sport as the King of Horsepower, died Monday at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer. Continue reading Wood Brothers Considered Robert Yates A Member Of Their Racing Family

Blaney Qualifies 11th At Dover

Blaney Qualifies 11th At Dover

September 29, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team advanced through the three rounds of knockout qualifying at Dover International Speedway on Friday to earn the 11th starting spot for Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400.

It was the 21st time in 29 qualifying sessions this season that Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion earned a spot among the top-12 starters.

Blaney was 15th fastest in Friday’s opening practice and posted best lap at 160.356 miles per hour in a session that saw him and his team deal with a failed brake rotor. Continue reading Blaney Qualifies 11th At Dover

Round Of 12 Playoff Berth On The Line For Blaney At Dover

Round Of 12 Playoff Berth On The Line For Blaney At Dover

September 27, 2017

A recovery from a slow start in the playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway, coupled with a strong run from the start at New Hampshire have Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team in position to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Blaney enters Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway, the final race in Round One, in eighth place in the standings and with a 26-point gap between him and 13th-place Austin Dillon. Continue reading Round Of 12 Playoff Berth On The Line For Blaney At Dover

Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

September 24, 2017

With a solid performance on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team remain in contention to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs, which begin after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway.

At New Hampshire, Blaney earned valuable points in the first two stages of the 300-mile race then came home ninth at the finish to gain two spots in the championship standings. Continue reading Blaney’s Playoff Hopes Enhanced By Ninth-Place Finish At New Hampshire

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

Blaney Qualifies Fourth At New Hampshire

September 22, 2017

In one of the most important qualifying sessions of their 2017 season, Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team rose to the occasion and earned the fourth starting spot for Sunday’s 300-miler at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The flat, one-mile oval at New Hampshire makes passing difficult. That combined with the relative shortness of the race puts track position at a premium, and the No. 21 will be on the outside row for the start of the race. That puts the team in a better position to earn stage points in the first half of the race, and it sets them up for better track position later on as well due to the opportunity to pick a more advantageous pit stall.

Every point is of the utmost importance as Blaney and the team work to make the cut for the second round of the playoffs, which begin after next weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Blaney enters this weekend 10th in the standings but just eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 playoff drivers will be eliminated after Dover.

On Friday, the near future looked promising. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion was fast from the start of practice at New Hampshire. Blaney was fifth fastest with a best lap at 135.030 miles per hour.

In the three rounds of knock-out qualifying, he was 11th in the first round with a speed of 133.212 mph then won the second round with a lap at 134.753 mph. In the final round he posted a speed of 134.720 mph to earn the fourth starting spot.

“I thought we made good gains through the rounds and that’s something to be proud of for sure,” said Blaney, who led the way all day for the Ford contingent. “We just didn’t pick up speed in the last round.

“We had good speed in the second one and some other guys went faster the last round, and we kind of stayed the same.”

Still, Friday’s performance showed a significant improvement over the team’s recent appearances at New Hampshire.

“We made some good adjustments,” Blaney said. “I think that’s the best we’ve ever qualified here, so that’s something to look forward to and we have a good spot for Sunday.”

Among those closely following the events of the day at New Hampshire was the team’s long-time crew chief, NASCAR Hall of Famer Leonard Wood, who was back home in Stuart, Va., celebrating his 83rd birthday.

Wood was most impressed with Blaney’s dominance of the second round of qualifying.

“Wow!” he said, adding that the birthday weekend festivities will keep him at home instead of in the pit area at New Hampshire on Sunday.

Sunday’s race is set to get the green flag just after 2 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on NBCSN.

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire

September 21, 2017

Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane team head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the thick of a tight battle to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy Cup playoffs.

Blaney enters Sunday’s 300-mile race 10th in the standings, eight points ahead of 13th-place Kurt Busch. The bottom four of the 16 drivers in the playoffs will be eliminated from the title hunt after next week’s race at Dover International Speedway. Continue reading Strategy Will Be The Key For Blaney, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team At New Hampshire