Dale Jr., Gordon, others encourage Blaney after Indy letdown

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (left) was among those who offered kind words to Ryan Blaney (right) after Saturday's race.

As disappointments in racing go, they don’t get much worse than the one Ryan Blaney experienced in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway — a track where every driver desperately wants to win.

Afterward, the 21-year-old Team Penske driver (and part-time Sprint Cup driver for the Wood Brothers) put the blame on no one but himself.

"I messed up in (Turn) 2 and he got a run on us, my fault," Blaney said. "Everybody at Team Penske did a great job giving us a good car. We drove from 11th to the lead and the driver gave it away."

Not long after the race ended, several of the Sprint Cup Series’ biggest stars — including Hendrick Motorsports drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, and Blaney’s fellow Team Penske drivers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano — tried to encourage the downtrodden young driver on Twitter.