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NASCAR America: Family history helped him bond with Wood Brothers Racing

Even though he didn't grow up dirt racing sprint cars like his grandfather, dad and uncle, Ryan Blaney has seamlessly transitioned to Cup.

Ryan Blaney is in his second full-time season of NASCAR Cup Series competition and his sixth year overall within NASCAR’s ranks.

But he was preceded in NASCAR and racing in general by his father Dave Blaney and his late grandfather, Lou Blaney, who competed in sprint cars and modifieds.

Ryan Blaney joined NASCAR America at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and discussed how his family’s racing history helped him integrate with Wood Brothers Racing.

“I think that’s what made the relationship between the Wood Brothers and my family really special right off the bat,” Blaney said. “We were just racers, that’s all we knew. You guys know, you come from a family of races. That’s all you know. Your first memory is at a race track. That’s where you go every weekend, that’s where you made all your friends, made some enemies ever since you grew up and learned the ins-and-outs of the sport, from not only being on the race track but how everything works in the race shop.”

Blaney also discusses how involved his father has been in his career, which started in a quarter midget at a dirt track near Pocono Raceway, the same track he earned his first Cup win earlier this year.

Watch the above nine-minute video for the full discussion.