December 29, 1935 |
Gaffney, South Carolina, United States
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|3 races run over 3 years|
|Best finish||82nd - 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season|
|First race||1973 World 600 (Charlotte Motor Speedway)|
|Last race||1978 American 500 (North Carolina Motor Speedway)|
This driver participated in 634 laps of racing action - the equivalent of 814.3 miles (1,310.5 km). He would earn a total of $3,135 in his total racing career ($11,762.65 when adjusted for inflation) while starting and finishing in 27th place on average. One of his celebrity appearances in print was on the January 1970 issue of Popular Mechanics; where he would appear alongside Tiny Lund, Buck Baker, Randy Hutchison, Marty Robbins and Jim Vandiver.
One of Blanton's more notable non-Winston Cup Series performances was at the 1971 Florida Citrus 250; a NASCAR Grand American Series event where Blanton finished in fourth place against the winner James Hylton and the runner-up Wayne Andrews. The race took two hours and twenty nine minutes to finish. While never winning at the Winston Cup Series level, Blanton did exceptionally well on dirt tracks in the other series; he managed to finish in second to David Pearson at the 1972 Bold City 200 in Jacksonville, Florida.