Ryan Blaney surprisingly admits to having discussions with Chase Elliott about staging a post-race fight

Ryan Blaney ended his 59-race winning streak in the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday. His win was popular as the team Penske driver is a fan favorite and is popular with his fellow competitors in the pits.

This week, the 29-year-old made an appearance at download dale jr, where he spoke on various topics including winning the crown jewel race and what it’s like when his sister is dating William Byron. During that face-to-face conversation, the driver broke into unexpected territory, surprisingly revealing how he and friend Chase Elliott had actually discussed plans for a post-race brawl.

Ryan Blaney opens up about his sister and her relationship with William Byron

Each week, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is good at asking his guests probing questions about life on and off the track. This week it was Ryan Blaney’s turn. And in typical Junior fashion, the podcast host ventured into a topic that was both personal and race-related with the Team Penske pilot, asking about Blaney’s sister Erin and her boyfriend William Byron.

“I know he’s a great guy, right,” Earnhardt said. “And you too, I would assume you’re probably all pretty comfortable spending time together because you both have similar personalities.”

“Yes, no, William is great,” Blaney said. “It’s been fun getting to know him on a very personal level now, especially as he’s been to a lot of family gatherings and stuff like that. He’s a great boy. I mean he’s a great guy and I really enjoy being with them.

“And then going up against him, you know, it’s one of those things, it’s like going up against one of our good buddies, isn’t it? You race hard, but you also have respect for each other. But yeah, it was cool to meet him.”

Tells about his girlfriend attending the Better-Half Dash

William Byron and Erin Blaney celebrate the win.
William Byron and Erin Blaney celebrate on winning ways after winning the NASCAR Cup Series United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2023. | Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Later in the podcast, Blaney opened up about his girlfriend Gianna Tulio and how she’s becoming more interested in racing. The driver said he’s been coaching her lately because she’ll be attending the upcoming Better-Half Dash, in which NASCAR drivers’ wives and significant other’s compete in a go-kart race and the winner’s money goes to a charity hers choice goes.

“She and my younger sister Erin do it too, so I think they’re going to be going neck and neck, P17, P18,” he said. “We will see.”

“Will there be any competition between you and Byron?” Earnhardt asked.

“I don’t think so,” the driver replied.

“In the pits,” suggested the Hall of Famer.

“Yes, in the pits after the race we will rub elbows and argue if they ruin each other,” Blaney joked. “We should stage one. We should have a fight. That would be cool.”

“You should do that and beat up the girls,” Junior suggested.

“Yeah punk girls,” Blaney said, laughing. “Okay, wait for this episode to air. Cut out this part.”

Blaney talks about a fight with Chase Elliott

Blaney’s suggestion that he and Byron have a fight seemed entirely unexpected, but his immediate comments indicated that he had pondered the concept before with his good friend and the sport’s most popular driver, Chase Elliott.

“Chase and I were weirdly talking about staging fights,” Blaney admitted. “Chase and I have been talking about hosting one for years.”

“A very public fight?” Earnhardt asked.

“We rub against each other a bit on the race track, around the end of the race. “Get out and just go downtown together,” Blaney said. “Could you imagine the headlines? That would be so cool.”

While Blaney’s victory on Monday resonated with fans, he was realistic to Earnhardt about what would happen if that staged fight ever became a reality.

“I would be destroyed by all the Elliott fans,” he said.

Yes he would.

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