Rookie Ryan Blaney says best finish of season 'something to build off of'

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Ryan Blaney has been pretty impressive so far in his rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Blaney scored his best finish of the year with a fifth-place effort in Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.

"When the track cooled off, I feel like we lost a little bit of speed," Blaney told FOX Sports after the race. "I feel like everyone got a little bit better, and we kind of maintained, but we really didnt't gain speed like most of the other cars. We got a little bit better at the end."

Blaney in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford put up a fight on the final restart with fresher tires, but the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of eventual race winner Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were too strong.

"I thought we might have a shot at it if we get clear, but the 20 (Matt Kenseth) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) were really fast," said Blaney, who sits 16th in points. "I couldn't really get alongside the 20 to try to make a run towards the front."

Blaney came up one spot short of tying his best career Sprint Cup finish -- a fourth-place in last year's spring race at Talladega Superspeedway.

After Blaney's dad, NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, was involved in a scary sprint car crash at Eldora Speedway on Friday night but escaped with no injuries, a top five was a great way to end the weekend on a positive note.

"It's a solid day," Blaney added. "I think it's just something to build off of."