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2021 NCS Stats:

Starts:                 36

Wins:                  3

Poles:                  0

Top 5s:                11

Top 10s:              20

Laps Led:             423

Career NCS Stats:

Starts:                 234

Wins:                  7

Poles:                  6

Top 5s:                49

Top 10s:              96

Laps Led:            2,505

3rd Generation Driver & NASCAR Superstar

Ryan Blaney enters the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season looking to build on the momentum generated by the most successful year of his NCS career. Racing the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, Blaney produced a single-season career-high three wins in 2021 as he advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs for the second time in his career. An early-season victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway locked Blaney and the No. 12 Ford team into the 2021 Playoffs and they continued to produce with wins at Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway to close out the regular season. In addition to the race victories, Blaney and the team delivered consistently-strong results throughout the season as the third-generation racer posted a career-best 20 top-10 finishes.

As the Cup Series begins the Next Gen era in 2022, Blaney and the No. 12 Würth Ford Mustang team expect to once again contend for the NCS championship. This season, Blaney will team up with a new crew chief who is no stranger to Team Penske. Jonathan Hassler takes the reigns of the No. 12 Ford Mustang team in 2022 as he begins his 15th season working with the organization. After a successful run as an NCS race engineer with Team Penske, Hassler served as crew chief last season for the No. 21 Ford Mustang with the team’s technical alliance partner – Wood Brothers Racing.

Blaney has a wide variety of interests outside of the racetrack. His hobbies include anything related to Star Wars, basketball, Ohio State football, music and spending time with his dog Sturgill. Blaney has also become an avid golfer, playing regularly with Team Penske INDYCAR driver Scott McLaughlin.

Key Accomplishments

  • Recorded multiple Cup Series wins for the first time in his career with a team-best three victories in 2021

  • Qualified for the NCS Playoffs in each of the last five consecutive seasons (2017-2021)

  • Earned second-consecutive win at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2020 to become the first driver since Jeff Gordon (2007) to post back-to-back victories at the Alabama superspeedway

  • Won the 2018 Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the inaugural Cup Series race hosted on the track’s road course configuration

  • Posted first NCS win in 2017 at Pocono Raceway – the 99th all-time victory for Wood Brothers Racing

  • Generated four wins in NASCAR Truck Series competition in consecutive seasons from 2012-2015

  • Named NASCAR Truck Series Most Popular Driver in 2014

  • Secured seven career NXS victories between 2012-2019 – all while running a limited schedule

  • Contributed to four of Team Penske’s NXS Owner’s championships since 2013