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Blaney looks to take out the broom at Pocono

Ryan Blaney looking for Pocono sweep


This week at Pocono Raceway, Ryan Blaney and the Wood Brothers Racing team will enter with nothing but high confidence. This, of course, is because just a month ago Blaney notched his first career win at this very track. Not only this but Ryan should enter this weekend with a bit of relief as he finally knows he will be piloting the 12 car for Penske Racing in 2018.

Pocono couldn’t come soon enough for Blaney and the 21 team. Ever since his win on June 11th the team has been in a slump. In six starts since his win, Blaney has finished in the top 10 only twice. And what better way to get yourself out of a slump than to go to a track that you’ve had prior success at. Not only this but his prior win at the track did not come without controversy. Blaney had speed all day but had to battle back through the field after an early pit road issue. Not just this but Ryan was unable to communicate with his crew all race due to a radio problem. Blaney had to go back to the old days of NASCAR. Having to hit the door or roof to say how the car was handling.

The 21 team must be thinking if they can have a mistake free day they’ll have a great shot at the season sweep. Also, this time around the 21 team has a win in the bag so they can take risks. Being locked into the Playoffs completely changes how their race can be called. Going into the race Sunday, I would expect the 21 to take risks to go for the win. The more wins, the more playoff points you have and the more playoff points you have the better position you are in the postseason. So expect to see the 21 car up front and looking for the win. By doing so he’d be the first driver to complete the Pocono Season sweep since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014.