Dave Blaney

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Dave Blaney
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Blaney at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007
Born (1962-10-24) October 24, 1962 (age 51)
Hartford Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, U.S.
Achievements 1984 USAC Silver Crown Champion
1995 World of Outlaws Champion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
473 race(s) run over 17 year(s)
Car no., team No. 77 (Humphrey Racing)
No. 37 (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
2013 position 30th
Best finish 19th (2002)
First race 1992 AC Delco 500 (Rockingham)
Last race 2014 Irwin Tools Night Race (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 28 2
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
121 race(s) run over 12 year(s)
Best finish 7th (1999)
First race 1998 NAPA Auto Parts 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2009 Dollar General 300 (Charlotte)
First win 2006 Dollar General 300 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 31 7
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
2013 position 95th
Best finish 74th (2004)
First race 2004 MBNA America 200 (Dover)
Last race 2013 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 71st (2002)
First race 2002 Canada Day Shootout (Cayuga)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of August 23, 2014.

David Blaney (born October 24, 1962) is an American stock car racing driver who currently drives the No. 37 Chevrolet SS for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Blaney was a successful sprint car driver before he started racing in NASCAR, competing in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. For many years, he was a regular in the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York, although he never won that event. He owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. His son, Ryan Blaney, is also a NASCAR competitor.

Sprint car racing career[edit]

Blaney's 1982 sprint car

Blaney, born in Hartford Township in Trumbull County, Ohio, was awarded the 1983 All-Star Sprint Circuit Rookie-of-the-Year.[1] He raced in the United States Automobile Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series in 1984 and won the national touring series' championship.[1] Blaney won his first World of Outlaws (WoO) race at Tri-City Speedway in 1985 and won the Championship in 1995.[1] He also made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the #80 Daffron's Body Shop Ford for Hover Motorsports in the 1992 AC Delco 500, finishing 31st. In the 1997 season, he won the Gold Cup, the Eldora Speedway event, and the Knoxville Nationals, which is considered the premiere event in sprint car racing.[1] He was the first driver who did not defend his Knoxville win, when he moved into NASCAR. After moving to NASCAR, he kept his sprint car team going, fielding a car for his brother Dale and the late Kevin Gobrecht.

NASCAR career[edit]

1998–2005: Early career and team instability[edit]

Blaney began his Busch Series career in 1998 with Bill Davis Racing, driving the #93 Amoco Pontiac and in his first season had three sixth-place finishes and a pole position at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The following season, he ran a full-time schedule and won four poles and ended the season a career-best seventh in points. That season, he returned to the Winston Cup series with Davis, earning a best finish of 23rd at Homestead in the #93.

In 2000, Blaney and his Amoco team moved up to Winston Cup full-time and posted two-top tens. He finished third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award standings for the 2000 season.[2] He returned to the Busch Series in 2000 with a limited schedule in BDR’s #20 AT&T Pontiac, gaining a pole position at Charlotte and also finish 3rd twice. In 2001, the team would switch to Dodge and he would compete in all the races with a best finish of 6th, three times. He left Davis at the end of the season because of sponsorship concerns and signed with the #77 Jasper Motorsports team. His best finish during the 2002 season was a 7th at Phoenix. Blaney started the 2003 season with three top-tens and a pole the first five races, but fell to twenty-eighth in points at the end of the season, forcing his release.

Blaney returned to Bill Davis Racing in 2004 for a limited schedule, because of a lack of sponsorship. Part of his deal was making his Craftsman Truck Series debut for Davis in the #23 truck at Dover, where he finished sixth. After two eleventh-place finishes, Blaney joined Richard Childress Racing, taking over the #30 AOL Chevrolet for eight races. After two top-fifteen finishes, he was replaced by Jeff Burton Blaney would also start one race for Roush Racing in the #99 Canteen Vending/Kraft Foods Ford in the place of rookie Carl Edwards, who missed the start due a Craftsman Truck Series race that ran late. Blaney exited the car on Lap 24, and Edwards went on to finish 37th after a crash. He also ran the spring race at Richmond International Raceway for Ultra Motorsports in the #7 Dodge, and finished fortieth.

Blaney returned to Richard Childress Racing in 2005 to drive the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet. During the season he would post two top ten finishes and finished 26th in points.

2006–2008: Second Bill Davis Racing stint[edit]

Blaney's 2007 Nextel Cup car

In 2006, he returned to the Bill Davis stable to run the #22 Caterpillar Dodge. His best finish in 2006 came at the Richmond International Raceway, where he finished 4th. He also scored his first Busch Series victory at Lowes Motor Speedway, when Matt Kenseth spun on the last lap and Blaney was in the lead. In 2007, he failed to qualify for three races and finished thirty-first in points. The following season, he had two top-tens and moved up to thirtieth in points.

2009–2010: Loss of ride and start and park teams[edit]

BDR shut down before the 2009 season, leaving Blaney without a ride. In 2009, Blaney signed to run the start and park #66 Prism Motorsports Toyota for a full season, getting a best finish of twenty-eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Incidentally, Blaney did not qualify for 3 out of the 4 races the team had sponsorship for (Hyde Park was on the car at Las Vegas, and the Denny Hamlin Foundation at Charlotte and Texas). With the team continuing to start and park during the 2010 season, Blaney has a best finish of 29th at Las Vegas and led 3 laps the previous week at Fontana, he has parked his car prior to completion in all but one race this season. For the race at Phoenix, Blaney is piloting the #55 Prism Toyota, with teammate Michael McDowell driving the #66 in an attempt to get both teams in the top 35 in owners points according to team owner Phil Parsons.

Throughout the summer of 2010, Blaney ran in dirt track 410 sprint car racing, and the "Buckeye Bullet" has been successful in his return posting two top 5 finishes during Ohio Sprint Speedweek and has one feature win thus far as he was triumphant at TRI-CITY Speedway in Franklin Pennsylvania on July 4, 2010.

Blaney has his sights set on some major events during his summer dirt tour including a stop at family owned Sharon Speedway for the Lou Blaney Memorial and Eldora Speedway for the Kings Royal.

For the remainder of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Blaney split his time between Front Row Motorsports and Tommy Baldwin Racing. Compared to Prism, both teams have some degree of sponsorship; Front Row Motorsports ran full races while Tommy Baldwin Racing was an occasional start and park entry (For example, Blaney ran the entire race at Loudon in the #36 with only associate sponsorship from Connecticut-based construction company Mohawk Northeast while parking an unsponsored TBR entry at Talladega after 12 laps).

2011–2013: Career revival with Tommy Baldwin[edit]

For the 2011 season, Blaney joined Tommy Baldwin Racing for the full season, with the team now committed to running full races. At the 2011 Daytona 500, Blaney received last minute sponsorship from Golden Corral. He led three laps and finished 26th after a late race accident. Blaney piloted the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet with backing from Accell Construction Inc. in several races during the season. Golden Corral returned at the 2011 Aaron's 499, and Blaney led 21 laps but was spun out by Kurt Busch with 3 laps to go and finished 27th. He led the second most laps behind Clint Bowyer.

On April 27, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Blaney and the #36 team would be sponsored by Golden Corral for 19 races and Big Red/ All Sport for 5 races leaving only 3 races without a sponsor.[3][4] The team did not run the Sprint All-Star Race in May in order to focus on the points-paying events. Blaney finished third at Talladega in the fall, which was the best finish for Tommy Baldwin Racing and tied for his best career finish.

Golden Corral returned for three races in 2012, with Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Accell Construction and TMOne sponsoring other races. During the 2012 Daytona 500, Blaney led after 160 laps. During a caution, shortly after race leaders had made pit stops, Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer, which was being used to blow debris from the track. As a result of the crash, the jet fuel that powered the helicopter engine spilled out onto the track and was ignited. NASCAR put the race under a red flag, at which point Blaney had the lead.[5] Blaney finished 15th after a crash on lap 196.

Blaney competing in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500.

Blaney returned to Tommy Baldwin Racing for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, moving to the new No. 7 Chevrolet; he also signed with Brad Keselowski Racing to drive their No. 19 in the Camping World Truck Series at the series' inaugural visit to Eldora Speedway,[6] which he drove to a ninth place finish.[7] With Blaney's son Ryan's career having reached a level in which it no longer needed family funding, Dave went into semi-retirement after 2013. His last race with TBR was the season finale at Homestead. He was replaced at TBR by rookie Michael Annett. Blaney was credited with being a major part of building TBR into a legitimate Cup-level organization. [8]

2014: Part-time racer[edit]

In January 2014, it was announced that Blaney would be driving the No. 77 Ford for owner Randy Humphrey during several 2014 races.[9] However, during practice for the Daytona 500, Blaney's car was caught up in a wreck. The team attempted to purchase a backup car from another team, but was unable to, and was forced to rescind their entry.[10] Blaney and the No. 77 team have yet to make a race as of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team was on the entry list for the Auto Club 400, but the team withdrew the Tuesday before the race.[11] The team was again on the entry list for the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, but withdrew before practice. After failing to qualify in their first four races,[12] the No. 77 team qualified for the first time in 2014 at the Duck Commander 500.[13] At the season's midway point, Humphrey's team suspended operations.

At the August race at Pocono, Blaney returned to TBR for the first time,[14] driving a third car for the team he helped build. He finished 26th in the race, making for a happy reunion. Blaney returned to the car at Michigan later in the month.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dave Blaney". The Inside Groove. 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, Mark (July 13, 2001). "The field of hopefuls". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Big Red Partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Daytona 500 Red Flagged". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  6. ^ Pockrass, Bob (January 15, 2013). "Brad Keselowski Racing to field trucks for Ryan, Dave Blaney". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  7. ^ "2013 Inaugural Mudsummer Classic Results". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  8. ^ Pearce, Al (November 15, 2013). "Michael Annett to replace Dave Blaney in Tommy Baldwin Racing's NASCAR Cup seat in 2014". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Lee (January 8, 2014). "Dave Blaney reviving No. 77 Ford for Sprint Cup team owner Humphrey". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  10. ^ Boarman, Carrie (February 19, 2014). "Dave Blaney involved in wreck, will miss Daytona 500". tireball. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Auto Club Entry List". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  12. ^ Pockrass, Bob (April 5, 2014). "Sprint Cup: At Texas, Duck Commander 500 lineup breakdown". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  13. ^ "NASCAR: Stewart surges to Texas pole". Racer. April 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  14. ^ "Pocono Entry List". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Kinser
World of Outlaws Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Mark Kinser