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AUG 9, 2017 | Ford Performance Staff

Blaney, Wood Brothers Want to Win One for Ford at Michigan

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DEARBORN – What happens when you put one of the fastest cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on one of its fastest tracks? Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team hope that combination translates this weekend into a Michigan International Speedway win for Ford Motor Company and the 100th victory for Wood Brothers Racing.

The Wood Brothers’ iconic No. 21 has been fast at MIS in recent years. Since Blaney took the wheel in 2015, his average qualifying position is in the top 10. His average finish, however, is between 18 and 19 due to setup issues and bad racing luck. A strong fourth-place result a year ago showed that Blaney can run up front at MIS and contend for the win.

Overall this season, Blaney has three stage wins to go with his June Pocono race victory and has scored 159 stage points, sixth most in the series. He is currently ninth in the playoff standings and 12th in the overall driver standings.

RYAN BLANEY

On Michigan International Speedway:
“Michigan’s always a big race track for our team and for Ford. It’s always a big one to try to run well and win. I thought we learned some thigs last time. We had a good run going before we had some trouble on a re-start. It’s just a matter of putting everything together. It’s one of the fastest places we go. It’s pretty difficult to practice on. It usually changes a bunch. We’ll try to clean up a few things and see if we can win one for Ford up there. That would be pretty neat.”

RYAN BLANEY MIS FAST FACTS:

  • Average start in five attempts: 8.4

  • Average finish in five starts: 18.8

  • Best MIS finish: fourth in August 2016

WOOD BROTHERS MIS FAST FACTS:

  • Team has 95 starts at MIS.

  • Won 11 times at MIS with Cale Yarborough (2), David Pearson (8) and Dale Jarrett (1).

  • Sat on the pole nine times and have led 1,075 laps.

  • A plaque near the start-finish line commemorates team’s longevity in NASCAR.

CREW CHIEF JEREMY BULLINS

On Michigan International Speedway:
“Michigan is obviously a track we want to be fast at because we are in Ford’s backyard. It’s a track that we’ve qualified well at almost every time we’ve gone there, but haven’t felt like we’ve found the race balance we wanted yet. Hopefully some of the strong intermediate cars we have had in 2017 have us better positioned to get the race win there we’d like to have.”

“Michigan is one of our fastest intermediate tracks, making the aero side of things critical, and it will be important to qualify well and keep our track position all day. If you find yourself mid pack or further back, it’s a tough place to recover from without getting off sequence strategy wise. As good as we’ve been at the faster tracks this year, we’re confident we can improve on our previous finishes at MIS.”