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Roger has noticed Blaney's struggles this year -- in not winning a race.

I'm sure his pop culture aficionado driver can find gainful employment in another top ride when he interviews wearing a Star Wars T-shirt and Chuck Taylors...
 

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Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.

I agree that THAT is Blaney's problem -- he'd rather fight his teammates (both winners of Cup Championship) and throw conniptions, than improve as a driver. He mopes off and retreats to his pop culture distractions and podcast...
 

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I agree that THAT is Blaney's problem -- he'd rather fight his teammates (both winners of Cup Championship) and throw conniptions, than improve as a driver. He mopes off and retreats to his pop culture distractions and podcast...
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I liked Blaney better in the 21, his results aren't far and away better in the 12 either. Obviously Penske wants to be the best & Wood Bros. liked Menards money but I would have preferred Menard in the 12, Blaney in the 21. Then Menard can hang it up whenver for Austin Cindric if they feel he's good enough or another guy.

The 12 looked great at the beginning of the year, but I haven't really seen a lot of fast speed out of them lately.
 

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Roger has noticed Blaney's struggles this year -- in not winning a race.

I'm sure his pop culture aficionado driver can find gainful employment in another top ride when he interviews wearing a Star Wars T-shirt and Chuck Taylors...

LOL. Please point out YRB's "struggles" that Roger has noticed.
Being privy to such front office info, I would love to hear what you know about Ryan's shortcomings.
 

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LOL. Please point out YRB's "struggles" that Roger has noticed.
Being privy to such front office info, I would love to hear what you know about Ryan's shortcomings.

Careful, we have another self appointed insider here or brain whisperer. :D
 

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Noticed I had a post deleted. Real nice guys.

@Ventisca again, noticed you were a Joey Logano fan. What did you think of his first few years in cup where he kept buying RC cars and crashing real ones?????
 

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Noticed I had a post deleted. Real nice guys.

@Ventisca again, noticed you were a Joey Logano fan. What did you think of his first few years in cup where he kept buying RC cars and crashing real ones?????

Uh oh. Did you cross the invisible line?
 

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I can appreciate NASCAR and especially Team Owners investment in youth. Team owners understand these young drivers will build their resumes and change teams as they struggle to get as high up in pursuit of a Championship.

I believe that YRB has a lifestyle and personality to broaden the fan base. What I'm surprised at is how YRB with his appeal to a younger more female audience, can still tug at the emotions of an older male fan base in here -- this is great news for NASCAR.
 

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I liked Blaney better in the 21, his results aren't far and away better in the 12 either. Obviously Penske wants to be the best & Wood Bros. liked Menards money but I would have preferred Menard in the 12, Blaney in the 21. Then Menard can hang it up whenver for Austin Cindric if they feel he's good enough or another guy.

The 12 looked great at the beginning of the year, but I haven't really seen a lot of fast speed out of them lately.

He's still led the most laps and has not won a race yet. He's going to get it together, Ryan has the ability to do so. The key is him qualifying better as well to stay closer up front. Also, sometimes he has a tendency to not be the best in keeping up with the track. Some weaknesses, but he'll improve.
 

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Check your Radioactive segment for a YRB conniption. ;)

There might just be more than one conniption on any given Sunday.

I can appreciate NASCAR and especially Team Owners investment in youth. Team owners understand these young drivers will build their resumes and change teams as they struggle to get as high up in pursuit of a Championship.

I believe that YRB has a lifestyle and personality to broaden the fan base. What I'm surprised at is how YRB with his appeal to a younger more female audience, can still tug at the emotions of an older male fan base in here -- this is great news for NASCAR.

There are several factors to my fandom, but a couple of easy ones would be his humble demeanor when dealing with fans and the press and, of course, his aggressive style (with the exception of his own teammates) behind the wheel.
 

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Blaney is a good driver just like Jones, Larson, Elliott, etc. problem for them is that none of these guys can consistently find a way to beat Rowdy, Logano, Brad, MTJ, etc. at the end of these races. I don’t see that changing anytime soon as I believe they are simply better drivers. Obviously they will all win races but not at the level people expected
 

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Experience means a lot. I heard Larson on radioactive say his car was a little tight. Like what the heck does little tight mean compared to what some of the information the older drives give to their crew chiefs outlining precisely every corner what the car is doing. In comparison, Kurt had a dog at Pocono, but was able to give enough info that got the car pretty good by the end of the race. I don't think Blaney is there in that area. Too many times he has a fast car at the start and the car gets worse the longer it runs.
 

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Experience means a lot. I heard Larson on radioactive say his car was a little tight. Like what the heck does little tight mean compared to what some of the information the older drives give to their crew chiefs outlining precisely every corner what the car is doing. In comparison, Kurt had a dog at Pocono, but was able to give enough info that got the car pretty good by the end of the race. I don't think Blaney is there in that area. Too many times he has a fast car at the start and the car gets worse the longer it runs.

This is why I say Chase is incredible in this sense. It seems like at times he's ahead of Alan in keeping up with the track and making adjustments. That's how you win and win constantly IMO, he's really been excellent with feedback since his rookie season. Its not often you see something like that. For someone at his age to give the feedback he's able to, its a major advantage.

Jones, Blaney, Suarez, Larson, and other younger drivers are not quite there yet in that field.
 

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I liked Blaney better in the 21, his results aren't far and away better in the 12 either. Obviously Penske wants to be the best & Wood Bros. liked Menards money but I would have preferred Menard in the 12, Blaney in the 21. Then Menard can hang it up whenver for Austin Cindric if they feel he's good enough or another guy.

The 12 looked great at the beginning of the year, but I haven't really seen a lot of fast speed out of them lately.
Blaney in the Wood Brothers 21 is a perfect pairing to me, too, but I understand why he is now in the 12. Team Penske made the investment in bringing him along... once Brad K had demonstrated the potential in his truck team. So Penske's corporate objectives guide that. No problem, IMO. I'm just glad Penske is a loyal partner to the Wood Brothers... exact opposite of the Joe Gibbs/Barney Visser deal.

BTW, the speed data supports your observation on Blaney's speed, according to Motorsports Analytics. Over the first nine races, the 12 car ranked sixth fastest. Over the last five races, that ranking is 16th fastest... quite a difference.
 

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Makes me wonder how many years Menard has left. Hasn't shown enough speed the past couple seasons to be more than 19th or 20th in points.

-32 currently for the 21 in points behind 16th.
 

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Blaney is a good driver just like Jones, Larson, Elliott, etc. problem for them is that none of these guys can consistently find a way to beat Rowdy, Logano, Brad, MTJ, etc. at the end of these races. I don’t see that changing anytime soon as I believe they are simply better drivers. Obviously they will all win races but not at the level people expected

Blaney and Jones are going to have a real tough time dethroning them from a 3rd and 4th wheel spot on equipment from the same team imo. If one of them is offered the opportunity to go into the SHR 4 car, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat. Logano knows this well.
 

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What I'm surprised at is how YRB with his appeal to a younger more female audience, can still tug at the emotions of an older male fan base in here -- this is great news for NASCAR.

I am one of those older make fans you speak about. While not on a personal level, I have been familiar with the Blaney family as long as I can remember. They all seem to be just a "real good folk." Not sure if you know about his Grandpa, but he was one of the best, most respected modified drivers I'm the midwest and northeast. You probably know about Ryan's dad Dave. Great sprint car driver and made a good living in NASCAR. While his dad does not appear as outgoing as Ryan and other family members he does appear to be a man of great integrity. I remember one year when his dad raced in cup he had an open invitation to his fans to come to his house for a BBQ. They provided all the food and his grandma even baked cupcakes for everyone.
This is the type of fan connection that is great for any type of racing.
 

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Might as well have some fun during the rain delay.



Wow maybe if he spent more time driving one-handed instead of catching foosballs one-handed, he'd be a 2x cup champion by now.
 

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He drove a Wood Brothers car to victory at a non-restrictor plate track, and is already a proven winner at the Cup level. He is one of few that you can call a "Triple Threat" in that he has won in all of NASCAR's top three series. Yet, people are still here ragging on him? Over his personal interests, no less?
 

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This one sticks in my memory bank. I remember thinking "don't let KB push you around like that Blaney!". He pulled it off going h2h against one of the best.


Not a better combo than the 21, a generational driver driving for a generational team, with an old school paint scheme. Fans seemed to love it, first time I've seen a crowd like that for a driver the past couple years besides Chase.

I have to say I am a little less interested in Blaney with the 12, but understand why Roger did it.
 

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Not a better combo than the 21, a generational driver driving for a generational team, with an old school paint scheme. Fans seemed to love it, first time I've seen a crowd like that for a driver the past couple years besides Chase.

I have to say I am a little less interested in Blaney with the 12, but understand why Roger did it.

I agree, I really liked Blaney in the 21, they were fast too.
 
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