Ryan Blaney finishes 17th, eliminated from NASCAR playoffs

Ryan Blaney started on the pole in the Can-Am 500 but struggled to find the speed to contend for the race win he needed to advance in the NASCAR playoffs.

Ryan Blaney paced the field for the first 11 laps of the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway but that was the only time Blaney was out in front for the 312-lap race.

Blaney enterd the Cam-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway needing a win to advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was sixth in the standings, 22 points behind Brad Keselowski who held the final spot.

Despite starting up front, Blaney was unable to record any stage points in the first two stages, placing him further behind in the championship standings.

It ultimately didn’t matter though, as Blaney’s car wasn’t as strong enough to hang inside the top-ten long enough, even towards the end as other playoff drivers battled with each other.

Brad Keselowski would clinch the final position on points after stage two winner Denny Hamlin crashed after contact with Chase Elliott with under forty laps to go.

Blaney is already looking ahead to next week’s race at Homestead as he tries for Wood Brothers Racing’s 100th win.

Blaney will drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford for the final time at Homestead-Miami Speedway before taking over the brand new No. 12 Team Penske Ford in 2018.

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