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Dave Blaney

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Hometown:  Hartford, Ohio, USA
Born: 24 October 1962

A sprint car & NASCAR driver and father of driver Ryan Blaney.

On 29 June 2007, Dave Blaney became the first driver to drive a Toyota to a NASCAR Nextel Cup pole, in his case he qualified his Caterpillar Camry on the pole for the 2007 Lenox Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.  In 2012, he was leading the Daytona 500 when Juan Pablo Montoya hit a jet dryer and burned the track surface; had the race been unable to resume Blaney would have been credited with winning the Daytona 500 but the race resumed.

His accomplishments include:
First pole position for a Toyota driver in the Nextel Cup

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dave Blaney page on 12 September 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

David "Dave" Blaney is an American professional stock car racing driver. Blaney was a successful sprint car driver before he started racing in NASCAR, competing in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. For many years, he was a regular in the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York, although he never won that event. He owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. His son, Ryan Blaney, is also a NASCAR competitor.

Blaney, born in Hartford Township in Trumbull County, Ohio, was awarded the 1983 All-Star Sprint Circuit Rookie-of-the-Year. He raced in the United States Automobile Club (USAC) Silver Crown Series in 1984 and won the national touring series' championship. Blaney won his first World of Outlaws (WoO) race at Tri-City Speedway in 1985 and won the Championship in 1995. He also made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in the No. 80 Daffron's Body Shop Ford for Hover Motorsports in the 1992 AC Delco 500, finishing 31st. In the 1997 season, he won the Gold Cup, the Eldora Speedway event, and the Knoxville Nationals, which is considered the premiere event in sprint car racing. He was the first driver who did not defend his Knoxville win, when he moved into NASCAR. After moving to NASCAR, he kept his sprint car team going, fielding a car for his brother Dale and the late Kevin Gobrecht.


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Dave Blaney 2003 Jasper Engines 77 Action 104199 2003 Winston Cup Car by Action
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Dave Blaney 2003 Jasper Engines 77 Action 104199 2003 Winston Cup Car by Action
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2012 Kobalt Tools 400 - Dave Blaney 2012 Kobalt Tools 400
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 January 2003NASCAR Winston Cup PreviewDave Blaney
17 February 2007NASCAR Busch Series: Orbitz 300Marcos Ambrose
Dave Blaney
Carl Edwards
17 February 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Gatorade Duel 2Dave Blaney
Brian Keselowski
Joe Nemechek
23 October 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Good Sam Club 500Dave Blaney
Jeff Burton
Carl Edwards
23 February 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Gatorade Duel 2Dave Blaney
Joe Nemechek


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Action 104199Dave Blaney #77 Jasper Engines1:24 scale 2003 Ford Taurus, Production 4,008
Collector Card - 2003 Press Pass Optima 2Dave Blaney#77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions
Die Cast - Action 109934Dave Blaney #07 Jack Daniel's / Country Cocktails1:24 scale 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, ARC Version, Production 5,904; Also 110104
Die Cast - Action 110104Dave Blaney #07 Jack Daniel's / Country Cocktails1:24 scale 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, QVC Version, Production 504
Also 109934


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