Ryan Blaney and the Wood Brothers Racing Team will be back to their Motorcraft/Quick Lane livery when they head to Sonoma Raceway in northern California for Sunday’s Save Mart 350 road race.
Blaney celebrated his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in Pocono with a Michigan paint scheme dedicated to Omnicraft, Ford Motor Company’s new all-makes, all-models replacement parts brand. This week, clad again in the red and white of Motorcraft, he returns to the challenging twists and turns of Sonoma where he started 26th and finished 23rd a year ago.
This week’s race in wine country will only be Blaney’s second race at the famed road course on Sears Point. The Wood Brothers have had 20 more attempts at Sonoma than their driver, posting their best finish in 2005, a second place with Ricky Rudd behind the wheel. The Woods have a total of four top-10 finishes at Sonoma.
The action gets underway at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Friday with practice that can be seen on FS1.
RYAN BLANEY On Sonoma Raceway:
“Sonoma was probably one of the toughest race tracks for me to get ahold of. It’s a really difficult road course, but I had a lot of fun there. It’s one of the most difficult places to try to be smooth but we’ll try to get better at that this year. Hopefully we can go back and try to get better at that race track.”
On the Track’s S Turns:
“The S’s are very hard to get through. It’s a big kind of momentum area. It’s different than the front part of the race track where it’s heavy braking and kind of hilly. Then you get to the S’s and there’s not a lot of braking you’re just trying to be smooth through there and carry as much speed as possible and use the curves to your advantage. That’s something that I struggled with a good bit in my first race there last year.”
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