TALLADEGA, Ala. — official release — Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America photo — Ryan Blaney will log enough mileage this weekend to drive from Charlotte to Miami.
He’s not going on vacation though.
The 20-year-old is running double-duty duty at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR’s largest track, racing 282 laps and 750 miles as he attempts to make a last-ditch effort for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship and play spoiler in his second-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
For his first task of the weekend, Blaney will pilot his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F-150 in the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday (1 p.m. on FOX). Currently third in the NCWTS standings, Blaney will try to close the 27-point deficit separating him from leader Matt Crafton. He claims finishes of sixth and 21st in his two-career starts at Talladega.
Blaney will get one night of rest before he hits the pavement at Talladega again in the NSCS GEICO 500 on Sunday (2 p.m. on ESPN). He will look to improve on his 27th-place effort in his first-ever NSCS start at Kansas in May and potentially steal the win from some Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup hopefuls.
The 2012 NASCAR Next alum better get used to having so much seat time. Talladega is the first of three double-duty weekends at the final five race venues of the season for Blaney, who will compete in both the NCWTS and NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Texas and Phoenix.