Ryan Blaney prevailed in a four-car showdown for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship by finishing second overall in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney’s title was the second consecutive Cup championship and fourth overall for Team Penske,
Of Blaney’s accomplishment, Team Penske Executive VP Walt Czarnecki said, “Clearly a breakthrough. It’s given him the self-confidence. I looked at something the other day that said he’s been in the final eight four times previously, but he never entered the last elimination race above the cutline. That happened this year.
“That was part of that confidence building. Of course, to win at Martinsville (the previous week) really put him over the top.”
Blaney’s achievement marks the 44th professional championship for Roger Penske’s organization.