June 29, 2012; Sparta, IN, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Blaney seen during driver introductions before the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Blaney: A Future Champion


Ryan Blaney has burst onto the NASCAR scene in 2012. Blaney has out performed his experience since the beginning.

Ryan Blaney finished seventh in his Nationwide series debut at Richmond Speedway this spring. Not only did Blaney finish in the top 10 in his prime time debut but he did it in under-funded equipment driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Blaney’s Nationwide debut was only the beginning of more accomplishments and opportunities.

Blaney’s Nationwide debut open the door for him to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World truck series. He has gone on to finish in the top 15 six out of seven times including one win at Iowa. Blaney’s win also made him the youngest winning driver in the Camping World truck series at eighteen years old.

Ryan also got the opportunity to drive for Penke Racing this season on a limited schedule in the Nationwide series. Through 13 races this season Blaney has seven top ten finishes in 13 starts. To put that into perspective, Blaney has collected more top ten finishes than Danica Patrick who has over 55 starts. Blaney had his best career Nationwide finish of second Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Blaney just keeps knocking off finishes that are ahead of his experience. He has provided results ever time he jumps in a race car. Ryan has made the most out of every opportunity and already drives like a veteran of ten years.

Fellow drivers who have raced against Blaney have already complemented him on his performance and style of racing. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin,  two drivers at the top of the sport, complement Blaney on the respect and experience he shows on and off the race track.

Blaney will be a force to be reckon with in the future of NASCAR. Blaney does nothing put provide results, gain respect from competitors and get more experience. That is a deadly combination for success and Blaney shows no signs of being a one year hit. It is only a matter of time until he wins his first Nationwide race. Look for him to be running for a Nationwide or Camping World truck series championship in 2013.

Blaney will be a driver to keep an eye on as he keeps proving he belongs in the sport. Accomplishing so much in so little is unheard of in NASCAR today. Ryan has the maturity of a Jimmie Johnson and the talent of a young Brad Keselowski. Blaney possess the right attitude, talent and resources. Blaney’s career will only go up from here.

We are watching a future Sprint Cup champion. Yes, he will be a future Cup champion.

Where do you see Ryan Blaney in the future? Where do you seen him in five years? Continue the conversation by commenting below or follow @NASCARInformer on twitter.

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  • http://twitter.com/Spin_47 Les Bailey

    I agree with you Jordan on his talent level. His future unfortunately will be decided by how he presents himself to potential sponsors.As we witnessed with Joey Logano, sometimes the youngsters get a mega deal with a huge sponsor because their success is determined by their marketability, and not always based on their on track skills. Ala Danica Patrick.