Wood Brothers push Blaney's schedule to 18 Sprint Cup races

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Wood Brothers have pushed Ryan Blaney's schedule to 18 Sprint Cup Series races this season.

Blaney was originally scheduled to run 12 with the Ford team.

Blaney is a Team Penske development driver, and the additional races are being funded by Penske sponsors Ppg, SKF and Snap-On.

Among the races added to Blaney's schedule in the No. 21 Ford are the Bristol night race and the Southern 500 at Darlington on Labor Day weekend.