Dave Blaney: Why is there no Credit?
by Peter Carcia
Back in 2009, while Dominic and I were aquainting with each other, we had a conversation about starting & parking, as the era first sprung up courtesy of economic downturns that killed many of the small but noticeable teams. Two of the teams that were mentioned the most were PRISM Motorsports (now HP Racing, LLC) and Tommy Baldwin racing.
PRISM was a pretty obvious sight to see, since the team was without sponsorship for every race in its existence omitting Terry Labonte's whack at the 500. The problem was so bad for owners Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey that they were forced to finish in last place a record eight times, and ended up in the bottom five a staggering 28 times.
Tommy Baldwin Racing came from a different angle. They originally had sponsorship for the first couple of races in 2009, but after a DNQ early, that's right, just one DNQ, the sponsors apparently had enough. Baldwin and the 36 team for the next two seasons switched around between multiple drivers and sponsorless color schemes, and although there was some sponsors on the hood at one point like Wave Energy Drink, it was usually start & park week in the TBR garage.
Both of these teams were driven at some point by an unknown victim of the economy; Dave Blaney. The Buckeye Bullet has over 300 starts under his belt with only 27 top 10s and not a single victory. When Caterpillar decided that they would be better off driving for RCR than Bill Davis Racing, he as well as the rest of that historic organization collapsed. Blaney was searching to find other teams, but had to settle for a team that had no sponsorship.