Comics are serious business to Ryan Blaney

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 20: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Omnicraft Auto Parts Ford, sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR drivers who stayed out West during the #NASCARGoesWest swing found a variety of ways to spend their time between races.

Brad Keselowski went off the grid to climb mountains and marvel at the majesty of California’s giant sequoias. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate, Ryan Blaney, did something altogether different.

A Star Wars and adventure fiction enthusiast as well as a comic book collector, Blaney visited the offices of D.C. Comics in Burbank, Calif., where he got a rare treat.

“I got to go in their archives and see some Superman No. 1’s, No. 2’s, things like that,” Blaney told the NASCAR Wire Service during an announcement of NASCAR’s expanded partnership with Twitter at the sanctioning body’s offices in Century City. “That was so cool to me. Those archives—there are three people that have keys to that thing.

“It was super cool. And then to let us go in and look at it first-hand. Every single comic they’ve ever had is in this archive. They had a Richard Petty comic in there—it was pretty old. That was super cool to see.”