Ryan Blaney Returns to Black-and-Yellow in No. 12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang on April 7 at Martinsville Speedway

Ryan’s Martinsville History

Ryan Blaney is returning to Martinsville Speedway for the first time since earning his tenth career NASCAR Cup Series win – and Championship 4 clinching performance – last October. In 16 total NCS starts at the paper clip-shaped oval, Blaney has added 10 top-10 finishes. This includes:

Top-5 finishes in eight of his last 12 starts at Martinsville
Blaney’s average finish of 9.0 at Martinsville is his best of any track where he’s made at least five NCS starts
His 9.0 average finish at Martinsville is also the best of all active NCS drivers
He’s led more than 100 laps at Martinsville on three separate occasions: in the 2018 spring race (145 laps led), 2021 spring race (157 laps) and last fall’s race (145 laps)

Ryan’s thoughts on Martinsville

“Our 12 team is really looking forward to getting back to Martinsville this weekend and bringing the Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang back to the track for the second time this season. Martinsville has always been a favorite track of mine and we’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success there. I’ll always consider our win there last fall as one of the biggest of my career with how we carried that momentum into Phoenix to race for a championship.”

Advance on Blaney’s No. 12 Ford

This Sunday will mark Blaney’s second of four races with Advance Auto Parts serving as primary sponsor of his Team Penske No. 12 Ford Mustang. After Martinsville, he’ll race in the Advance colors on Father’s Day Weekend at Iowa (June 16) and at Daytona (Aug. 24). Blaney finished fifth in his first race in the Advance No. 12 Ford Mustang at Phoenix on March 10.

Home Game for Blaney’s Sponsor

In 1932, Arthur Taubman opened the very first Advance Auto Parts location in Roanoke, Va., approximately 60 miles from Martinsville Speedway. Since then, the company has grown to nearly 4,800 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Between its local stores, distribution center and corporate functions, the company employs hundreds of team members in the Roanoke area.

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