Blaney was born in Hartford, Ohio, where his father worked at a sawmill.
He won 600 races in 47 years of racing, and is a member of the DIRT Motorsports and Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Halls of Fame.
He had 2 sons, both of whom race, as does a grandson. Dave Blaney is a World of Outlaws champion and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver along with his son Ryan, who himself is a Team Penske driver, while Dale Blaney is a sprint car driver. Dale also was a college basketball player and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but decided not to pursue an NBA career so that he could focus on racing.
Lou Blaney Memorial Race runs at Sharon Speedway every year.
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- "Lou Blaney Memorial Tuesday; Blaney Brothers look to fend off invaders with Sprints; BRP Mod Tour also featured « Sharon Speedway". Sharonspeedway.com. Retrieved 2013-12-15.