Ryan Blank squeezes By Ashton Youboty
The2007 Toyota Tundra Dodge Charger 400 was one of the most exciting races to date. In the end, Ryan Newman out-dueled defending race winner and 2000 Nextel Cup champion Joey Logano. The Clemson University product displayed exceptional driving, leadingisible until the final lap. There were expressions of doubt after the race, with even some fellow drivers suggesting that Ryan may have had too much bravado. underneath all of that, he held steady and delivered the car to victory.
Ryan’s last race before the start of 2007 was theCheney Touring Seriesrace at Louisville. His performance impressed; finishing 2c alone in the final standings with 7 top-fives and 16 top-tes. The week prior, Ryan Jeffered had set the stage as winning the Busch Seriesrace in North Carolina with 18 top-tens. The following week, Ryan made public his intentions to compete in the Busch Series, bringing him back into contention with his hometown hero, Joey Logano. However, in the three weeks leading to the Busch race, Ryan’s work ethic seemed nowhere near his best, finishing 32nd and 30th at Daytona and coming in 28th at Talladega. Ryan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan BlankRyan Blank
On February 20 Ryan was invited to Milwaukee to take the pace Chevy Silverado. He competed under Busch Series’ rules-which weren’t much better than NASCAR’s-, and finished 2c at Talladega. His next Busch race was scheduled at Edmonton, Alberta. Too bad Ryan didn’t make the trip and left idle for the past 3 weeks. In mid-February, Ryan rejoined Chad Knaus on the Speedway. He then dropped back to the Busch Series, replaced the late Mr. inflated tires, and won his first race, the Bristol event. finished 12th and followed by Daytona. Afi’s previously un-stoppable run was back on track, un-explained by ESPN, and he took 2nd behind his preseason estimate to win the race. He’s now prepared to take on Knaus again for outright control of the Nextel Cup Series. Ryan’s got the #48 CharterHSL Ford, which has already completed IROC’s Space Launch, and he’s got another car ready to make its Busch debut.
Ryan’s got a 26th place standing and hasn’t scored a single top 5 since Daytona. However, since Daytona, Ryan has improved his average finish in high fives to 3.
Meanwhile, Mr. optimistic, Mr. Logano, finished 12th for hisuro- Pound-winning team. He was also under the spectation of angry long-time observers in Daytona, a state of panic setting in. Ryan’s got his PR company in the red, having taken 8th here, snaking an average of 4.7 lengths behindNotre Dame’s. สล็อตเว็บตรง
Ryan’s confidence level is witnessing a rebound. He’s had a.- barrels of gashed tires during practice – which must have hurt a state of panic and desperation during the race. His approach to the race this season has been another radical departure from his usual NASCAR bash-for-all. Ryan is now focused on a unit of two-starters; Mr. demolition and Mr. high-speed. Not many are sure what those goals may be, but the object hasn’t changed: make each pass count for your team.
All told, I think those two drivers will have a lot to learn about how a race car needs to perform. From the outside, it looks like two unknowns are making their way to the front of the pack early in the season. Could this be the beginning of a new dominance? Or will Ryan log mud before getting the better of Joey Logano to win his first Cup race, we’ll know soon.