2016 Season in Review: Ryan Blaney

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Ryan Blaney

CREW CHIEF: Jeremy Bullins

TEAM: Wood Brothers Racing

POINTS: 20th

WINS: 0

LAPS LED: 11

TOP 5s: 3

TOP 10s: 9

POLES: 0

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Finished inside the top 20 in points in his rookie season … Qualified for all 36 races without having a guaranteed starting spot through a charter … Set a career-best for top five and top 10 finishes … Lingered outside the Chase bubble throughout the regular season … Completed all but two races.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Was unable to earn his first career win or qualify for the Chase although he sat inside the top-15 in points through a stretch races in late spring … only led laps in two races, which were fewer than what he acuminated in his first two premier series starts (15)

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: A return to Wood Brothers Racing for his sophomore season to continue his fight with Chase Elliott, who he lost Rookie of the Year to, to be first to victory lane … tracks 1-mile and larger will likely remain his strong suit.