From Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Release

Ryan Blaney and his crew chief Jeremy Bullins have never competed in a Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, site of this weekend's Good Sam 500.

But they have raced on a similar track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which like Phoenix is a mile in length and relatively flat.

At New Hampshire last year, Blaney put his team's No. 21 Ford Fusion on top of the scoreboard after the opening session of knock-out qualifying and wound up starting 16th.

The notes gathered that weekend in Loudon, N.H., have Bullins encouraged as the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team prepares for a three-race stretch of racing at tracks that he and Blaney have never run as Cup competitors.

"Fortunately, we ran Loudon in 2015, and that track and Phoenix are somewhat similar," Bullins said, adding that the new lower downforce package NASCAR has mandated for most tracks this year will add another challenge for the young team. "The low-downforce package will change some of our set-ups.

"The low-downforce package will change some of our set-up parameters as we expect the cars to be a little looser this year with the much smaller spoiler."