Ryan Blaney is close. He can feel it. The Team Penske driver has had a front row seat in watching both of his teammates combine to win four times already this season, while he himself is riding a winless streak that dates back to last October.
But, maybe that changes this Sunday afternoon at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Yes, Blaney hasn’t scored a top 10 in five career tries on the 1.5 mile South Florida track, but he’s also though been quick on the season too.
“Very close,” Blaney said on how close he is to winning. “I mean, I thought it was going to be tonight (Wednesday In Martinsville). You keep bringing speed like this every weekend, eventually you’re going to find a little bit more and be able to win the race.
“We just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing. I think it’s going to come soon, we just got to keep working really hard.”
While both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have won twice a piece this season, Blaney arguably has had the faster car than them.
Blaney, should have started the season off with a top two finish in each of the first three races. A late race caution in Vegas and a tire problem at the end of Fontana derailed that. Now, he has four top four finishes in his last five starts on the season and the only reason it’s not five is a mistake he made after leading 60 laps at Bristol.
Blaney, had the best car on Wednesday night in Martinsville. He had a rough go of it at the start, but they worked on his car and went from the front to the back multiple times and was strong enough to come back each time.
He’d finish second. He’s close. I think speed will prevail and Blaney will contend in his No. 12 Ford in Sunday afternoon in South Florida.