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July 11, 2024

Cup champion Blaney makes appearance at 2024 ESPYs

Ryan Blaney poses with the Bill France Cup after winning the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series championship at Phoenix Raceway.
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Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney co-presented the award for Best Record-Breaking Performance at Thursday’s ESPYs in Hollywood, California.

Blaney was on stage with Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn and Chicago Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen to honor the winner, Caitlin Clark (Iowa women’s basketball). Also nominated were 49ers running back Christian McCaffery, Tara VanDerveer (Stanford women’s basketball) and Max Verstappen (Formula 1).

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Blaney was also up for the Driver of the Year Award after taking home the Cup Series championship in 2023, but Verstappen won the ESPY in that category. Also nominated were NHRA’s Matt Hagan and IndyCar’s Alex Palou.

Blaney is seventh in the Cup Series driver standings this season as he attempts to win back-to-back titles for Team Penske in the No. 12 Ford. He recently picked up his first win of the season in the Cup Series’ inaugural race at Iowa Speedway, locking into the playoffs that get underway in September at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

These were the 32nd annual ESPY Awards, and they were hosted by legendary tennis superstar Serena Williams.