If things went more to plan, Ryan Blaney would be sitting on several NASCAR Cup Series victories right now.
He was runner up in the Daytona 500. He was second a week later in Vegas before a late race caution. He was second a week after that before a tire problem. A crash while leading in Bristol, a broken shifter in Kentucky. Now, another wrong timing for a caution in Texas.
“Gosh, we feel like we should have four or five wins at this point,” Blaney said. “We’ve had cars to do it, and it just doesn’t play out for us, but I’m proud of the speed that we have.”
Blaney, showed speed in his No. 12 Ford again last Sunday in Texas. He swept both stages and led a race high 150 laps. Unfortunately, a frustrating late caution ruined a chance at a second win this season.
“Honestly, I don’t know what the opposite material of a golden horseshoe is, but we’ve found it,” said Blaney. “We’ve just kind of been unlucky a lot of the year with really fast cars and just cautions when we didn’t need them or just bad breaks.”
Blaney feels like he has speed to compete with both Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. It’s just the bad luck that’s getting in the way.
“I feel like we can go up there and compete with the 4 [Kevin Harvick] and the 11 [Denny Hamlin] and some of the best guys that have gotten all those wins this year, we’ve just got to be able to have things go our way. I feel like we’re doing a lot of things right; it’s just some bad circumstances.
“To a point, it’s frustrating when it happens,” Blaney said of not having more race wins. “You’re like, ‘Man, bad break after bad break. What in the hell do we have to do to have things go our way?’ There are really two ways you can approach it. You can be a little upset and ticked off that things aren’t going your way, or you can just think about the good things that our cars are really fast right now over in that 12 crew.
“We’ve been capable of winning a lot of races this year, it, like I said, hasn’t played out for us. It’s frustrating at the time, but there’s no point in dwelling on things. You just focus on what you need to do, and that’s just keep bringing fast race cars. If you keep running up front and leading laps, I hope, and I think that things will eventually go our way.”
Now it’s to Kansas where he’s been fast. He’s started in the top 4 in three of his last four starts three and four of the last six tries. He’s finished in the top seven in three of his last seven starts as well.