Ryan Blaney is ashamed after a gesture towards Ross Chastain

“Am I ashamed of it? Yes. I hate that people caught that"

by Sead Dedovic
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Ryan Blaney is ashamed after a gesture towards Ross Chastain
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As the last race of the 2023 NASCAR season was coming to an end, cameras seemed to catch Ryan Blaney making a gesture towards fellow competitor Ross Chastain. He gave Chastain the finger. The biggest achievement for Blaney was winning the championship, a dream he'd had since he was a kid.

Yet, he admitted his gesture and isn't proud of it. Ryan explained that in those high-pressure championship moments, clear thinking isn't always easy. “I might have … briefly,” -Blaney said, talking with PEOPLE.

“Am I ashamed of it? Yes. I hate that people caught that. Sometimes I have a short temper and it sort of bursts in the car. I just got to get it out and then I feel better about it."

Ryan Blaney on his and his father's character

Blaney admitted that his father has a similar character.

Both are calm, but in moments when they really want something, sometimes another side of their personality comes out. “I'm similar to my father in that aspect. He and I are very close in terms of our personalities. We are pretty quiet guys most of the time, but we're fiery about what we do.

When you're passionate about what you love, sometimes that boils over”. Ryan Blaney is aware that in the heat of battle, he can make a mistake. However, his goal is to change himself and try to stay calm in such moments.

Although Ryan knows that it is very difficult to change, he is ready to do his best to make certain changes. “It's just one of those things that I try to get better at. It's hard to do for me. I just care about it so much... it’s something I'm working on, but it's hard to get those things out of you”. - Ryan Blaney concluded.

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