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2019 Season in review: Ryan Blaney

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 - Qualifying

AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 09: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 DEX Imaging Ford, stands by his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 09, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Ryan Blaney

CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

TEAM: Team Penske

POINTS: Seventh

WINS: One (Talladega 2)

LAPS LED: 422 (Most since 660 in 2018)

TOP 5s: 11 (career best)

TOP 10s: 18 (career best)

POLES: One (Phoenix 1)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Enjoyed the best single season performance of his Cup career, with one win and career highs for top 5s and top 10s.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Struggled somewhat in qualifying, with an average start of 12.3, his lowest per-race average start since 14.9 in 2016. Also tied for second-lowest season in lead-lap finishes (23).

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2020: Is ready for a breakout season. Has to improve number of wins (has averaged just one in each of the last three seasons) and consistency. Never could accumulate more than three top 10s in a row in 2019.

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