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Would NASCAR's Ryan Blaney Ever Come To Blows with Pal Chase Elliott? He Says The Two Have Joked about Staging Fight

“Chase and I have been talking about staging one for years,” Blaney revealed on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s podcast.

By Andrew Woodin
Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney talk backstage during pre-race ceremonies

It's no secret that NASCAR competition can get heated, sometimes resulting in drivers coming to blows. But what if the fracas involves a good friend? It's something Ryan Blaney's given some thought to.

After finally ending his 59-race winless drought with his victory of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month, Team Penske’s Cup Series wheelman joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the NASCAR Hall of Famer’s podcast, The Dale Jr. Download. While Blaney discussed what it was like to overcome the pressure and earn a much-needed win, he also made a joking admission.

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Earnhardt steered the conversation towards fellow driver William Byron dating Blaney’s sister, Erin. “Is it going to get competitive between you and Byron?” Earnhardt asked.

“I don’t think so,” Blaney replied. “In the pits?” the Hall of Famer suggested. 

“Yeah, in the pits we’ll be rubbing elbows and fighting after the race if they wreck each other,” Blaney joked. “We should stage one. We should stage a fight. That’d be cool.”

Chase Elliot and Ryan Blaney smile while walking together during a racing event

Blaney then revealed that it’s not the first time he’s considered staging a fight. But the fisticuffs wouldn’t be with Byron — they’d be with his friend and NASCAR’s most popular driver, Chase Elliott.

“Chase and I, funny we’ve been talking about staging fights,” Blaney revealed. “Chase and I have been talking about staging one for years.”

“A very public fight?” a curious Earnhardt asked.

“Like, kind of rub each other a little bit on the racetrack, like at the end of the race. Get out and just go to town on each other,” Blaney said. “Could you imagine the headlines? That would be so cool.”

As “cool” as that might be to see, don’t get your hopes up for these two scoring a knockout anytime soon. With just 10 Cup Series races left in the regular season, all the focus is on the track, especially for Elliott, who is still desperately searching for a win to power him into the playoffs.

During their chat, Earnhardt also further grilled the Ohio native about Byron dating his sister, Erin.

“I know he’s a great dude, right,” stated Earnhardt. “And you too, I would assume y’all probably are pretty comfortable hanging out with each other because you’re both similar in personality.” 

“William’s great,” Blaney responded. “It’s been fun to get to know him, you know, from a very personal level now, especially him being at a bunch of the family functions and all that stuff. He’s a great kid. I mean, he’s an awesome guy and I really enjoy being around them.” 

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“And then racing him, you know, it’s one of those things, it’s like racing one of our good buddies, right?” No. 12 expressed. “You race hard, but you know, you have respect for each other, too. But yeah, he’s been cool to get to know.”

Blaney famously learned that Byron was dating his sister Erin from a friend.

“My buddy’s like, ‘Hey, I didn’t know about Willy [Byron] and your sister,'” Blaney said in an 
interview with NASCAR on NBC. “And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'”

Byron seemed surprised about how Blaney found out in the same interview.

“Oh gosh,” Byron exclaimed. “Man. No wonder he raced me so hard that day. I should have handled that better.”