Blaney would like to race against father in NASCAR again

By Dominic Aragon
July 26, 2017

Ryan Blaney says he would like to have another chance to race against his father, Dave Blaney, in any of NASCAR’s top-three touring series.

The younger Blaney, who was announced as the driver of the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Wednesday, took to Facebook Live from the team shop to interact with fans.

During the live session on the Team Penske page, a viewer asked Blaney if his father would ever drive a Cup Series car again.

“I would like for him to race a Cup car again, to be honest with you, I think that’d would be really neat,” Blaney said in reply to the question.

Dave competed in 473 Cup Series races from 1992 to 2014. The last time the 54-year-old ran a race in the Cup Series was in August 2014 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The younger Blaney has never race against his father in NASCAR’s premiere series. The two attempted to qualify for the same race at Kansas Speedway in May of 2014. Ryan qualified for the race but Dave did not.

The two got to race against each other in the 2013 Inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dave finished ninth and Ryan finished 15th.

“I’d love to race against him another time, whether it’s in the Cup Series, or Trucks, or XFINITY stuff,” Blaney said. “...I’d like to run a Cup car with him, I think that’d be really neat.

“Maybe Penske can start a fourth car for him and he can run the [Daytona] 500, that'd be pretty nice.”

The last time a father-son combination raced in the same Cup Series race was Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. at Atlanta in October of 2005.

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