Like Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney has scored very few playoff points this season. Larson, only has 11, Blaney has nine. That’s why his win in Talladega was big in so many ways. Those five additional playoff points were huge. If he still gets to the Round of 8 but doesn’t win, he’d only have four playoff points and head to Martinsville -25 already.
That is a lot to make up on championship caliber drivers in three weeks. Instead, he’s 20 points arrears which is still a lot, but those five extra points could prove to be the difference.
This round has some good track for the Team Penske driver.
Blaney, has four consecutive top eight finishes in Martinsville including being third and fourth respectively in the last two spring races. He even led 145 laps in the 2018 spring race.
Then, it’s to Texas where he has three top six finishes in his last four tries. The only reason it’s not four straight is because of bad luck in the spring race on the 1.5-mile track. Blaney, led 45 laps at Texas this past April before finishing 37th. He was also runner-up in the playoff race last November too.
Then, it’s the cutoff race at Phoenix where he finished third at this past March.
This round is setup for Blaney to points his way by. While there’s some good tracks for everyone else this round too, both Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are struggling right now which could open the door for Blaney to sneak in.