2022 NCS Stats:
Top 5s: 12
Top 10s: 17
Laps Led: 636
Career NCS Stats:
Top 5s: 61
Top 10s: 113
Laps Led: 3,141
3rd Generation Driver & NASCAR Superstar
Ryan Blaney enters his eighth full season in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) in 2023 and he will be a mainstay in the No. 12 Menards/Discount Tire/Advance Auto Parts/BODYARMOR/Wurth/Dent Wizard/Wabash Ford Mustang after signing a multi-year contract extension during the 2022 season. Blaney led a race-high 84 laps en route to his first-career All-Star Race victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 2022, netting the No. 12 team a $1 million payday. A model of consistency throughout the 2022 season, Blaney produced a Cup Series-leading nine stage wins while ranking second with 290 stage points last season. His average finish of 13.6 – courtesy of 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes – helped Blaney advance to the Round of 8 in the 2022 NASCAR Playoffs.
The 2022 season marked Blaney’s first with crew chief Jonathan Hassler, who took the reigns of the No. 12 Ford Mustang team last season. After a successful run as an NCS race engineer with Team Penske, in 2021 Hassler served as crew chief 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.
Earned his first-career All-Star Race win at Texas Motor Speedway in May of 2022 after leading a race-high 84 laps to secure a one-million-dollar payday for the No. 12 team
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 six consecutive seasons (2017-2022)
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