Dave Blaney to focus on 
sprint car racing in 2015

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Dave Blaney talks with his son Ryan at Kansas Speedway in May 2014. Blaney is doubtful he will run in any of NASCAR’s top-three touring series in 2015 and beyond.

By Dominic Aragon
January 14, 2014

After competing in 597 races across NASCAR’s top-three national touring series, Dave Blaney is uncertain he will race in NASCAR in 2015 and beyond.

Blaney, 51, will be focusing on sprint car racing and his son’s career in 2015. Blaney is convinced he and his son will never race together in a NASCAR-sanctioned race again.

“We had our one night race together at Eldora, the first truck race [in 2013], that was a fun weekend, but I doubt there will be anymore,” the elder-Blaney said.

“I’ll just mix it up,” he said. “I’ll pick my weekends to go with Ryan, and pick my weekends to go sprint car racing, that’ll be fun.

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Dave Blaney practices at Daytona International Speedway in February 2014 for the Daytona 500. Blaney attempted 15 races in the No. 77 car in 2014, making the field four times.

The Hartford, Ohio native competed in seven Sprint Cup races in 2014. Running races for Randy Humphery Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing, Blaney’s best finish was 26th at Pocono Raceway in August with TBR.

2014 featured Blaney returning to his racing roots, running nearly five times more in sprint cars than his Sprint Cup racing schedule.

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Dave Blaney celebrates his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2006. 

“[I] focused more on the sprint car side of things, probably ran 35 times in those, which isn’t a lot of sprint car races, but it was quite a bit for us, kind of a part-time little team,” he said. “We go running mainly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. [We] won a couple races, had some fun.”

While Blaney never used the word “retirement,” the veteran driver doesn’t have any plans or announcements for the 2015 NASCAR season.

“I don’t foresee any [NASCAR plans] in 2015 really,” he said. “Unless something comes up or changes, I’m going to be focusing more on sprint car racing, try to run more than I did last year.”

As Dave’s professional racing career starts coming to a close, the father-son relationship remains strong, with Dave looking forward to watching Ryan race.

“Going forward, I’ll just go spectate and watch him race, that will be fun.”

Blaney’s Sprint Cup career featured 473 starts and 13 full-time seasons with a career-best third place finish three times.

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