Ryan Blaney is coming off his first top-five of 2021 at Las Vegas this weekend after finishing fifth in his Ford on Sunday. He now looks forward to Phoenix where he thinks the PJ1 will help the track conditions.
The PJ1 was first added to Phoenix Raceway in 2019 and, when asked about it, Blaney had little hesitation when explaining that newly repaved tracks take a while for the asphalt to get where it needs to be: “Where the main groove, which is the bottom there, to get worn out enough to where people will start searching around.”
“It just gives you options.”
He continued on stating that “when you have a track that is limited on options, the PJ1 is good cause it gives you those options if you do it right. Not only the fans but the drivers don’t want single file around the bottom.”
Phoenix Raceway has gone through many big changes over the past decade and the second generation driver believes that all the experimenting with the PJ1 has finally led the track to where drivers and fans can see even lanes.
Ryan will be starting 8th on Sunday at a track he has had success in collecting two top fives and five top tens in ten career starts.