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2016 Season in Review: Ryan Blaney

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 500 - Practice

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Ryan Blaney

CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

TEAM: Wood Brothers Racing

POINTS: 20th



TOP 5s: 3

TOP 10s: 9


WHAT WENT RIGHT: Finished inside the top 20 in points in his rookie season … Qualified for all 36 races without having a guaranteed starting spot through a charter … Set a career-best for top five and top 10 finishes … Lingered outside the Chase bubble throughout the regular season … Completed all but two races.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Was unable to earn his first career win or qualify for the Chase although he sat inside the top-15 in points through a stretch races in late spring … only led laps in two races, which were fewer than what he acuminated in his first two premier series starts (15)

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: A return to Wood Brothers Racing for his sophomore season to continue his fight with Chase Elliott, who he lost Rookie of the Year to, to be first to victory lane … tracks 1-mile and larger will likely remain his strong suit.

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