Blaney seeing improvement, eyes Kansas
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Dave Blaney turns laps during practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Blaney's best finish is 41st at Texas this season.
By Dominic Aragon
May 8, 2014
Ten races into the season, the Sprint Cup point standings show veteran driver Dave Blaney mired to 48th overall with two starts this season—but what those numbers don’t show are the strides the Randy Humphrey Racing single-car operation is making, according to Blaney.
“We haven’t raced a whole lot,” Blaney said to The Racing Experts. “Randy Humphrey started a new team, with a little bit of equipment and a few people. We’ve been building it week-by-week.”
The struggle to be a first year startup in NASCAR’s premiere series has been real for RHR. Blaney and team have failed to complete a race this season, and the team has withdrawn from several events.
“We’ve passed up going to a few races,” Blaney said. “But [we’ve got] a great group of people hired, and I’m looking forward to getting considerably better pretty quick.”
If Blaney makes Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway, RHR plans to run the No. 77 car the full distance Saturday night.
Blaney’s son, Ryan, will be attempting make his first Cup race this Saturday night in a third entered Team Penske car. If both drivers make the field, it would be the first father-son combo to make a Cup race since the late Bobby Hamilton and his son at Atlanta in 2005.
“It’d be cool, but I haven’t thought a whole lot about it or talked to him much about it, honestly,” Blaney said. “I hope things go well for him. It’d be nice we ran well and got in [the race]. It would be fun to do.”
The team will continue to attempt races on the schedule after Kansas. Although team owner Randy Humphrey’s companies adorn the car, additional sponsorship wouldn’t hurt.
“[We’re] okay to keep going, just like we are, but obviously, the more help we can get, the better we can race.”
Blaney, who turns 52 in October, said he has no plans of slowing down.
“I’m still plenty interested in racing,” Blaney said. “I’ve been racing my dirt Sprint Cars more and more the last couple summers, and I’m sure I’ll continue to do that for a while.
“The NASCAR side of it, I don’t know. It won’t be a whole lot longer, but I’m still having a little bit of fun with it. Having Ryan out there is a lot of fun, so we’ll stay racing something for a little while.”