Our Top 10 of 2013: No. 6 - Ryan Blaney Captures His First NNS and Kentucky Victory
NASCAR legacy Ryan Blaney, the 19-year-old son of Sprint Cup Series veteran Dave Blaney, created the sixth-best moment of our 2013 season by scoring his first Nationwide Series (NNS) victory and first triumph at our track Sept. 21, 2013.
The Penske Racing driver took over the 300-mile race lead for the second time on Lap 112 of 200, but was consistently tested while sealing the victory by persistent challenges for the lead along with tight and dicey traffic off a Lap 192 restart.
His No. 22 machine crossed the finish line 2.017 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon's No. 3 Richard Childress Racing ride and closed out a two-race Penske Racing season sweep of our NNS races. Brad Keselowski earned the June 28 title.
"It's really tough to hold on to the lead (here), even if you're on the outside (line). You really have to keep the guy pinned down and there were a couple hairy situations on the restarts, but everyone here at Penske Racing has done an awesome job giving me this great Discount Tire Ford. We're the fourth different driver to win in this car (this season). That's really cool and just goes to show how good this team is," Blaney said.
His team captured this season's NNS Owners' Championship by racing to 12 combined victories with drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Blaney, Keselowski and Joey Logano.
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