Dave Blaney Unsure of Future Plans
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on November 15, 2013 | 8:55 P.M. EST
Dave Blaney has run regularly in Sprint Cup since 2000 and will make his 466th career start in Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dave Blaney says he doesn’t know what he’s going to do next season, suggesting that Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway could be his final NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
The 51-year-old Blaney has been competing regularly in Cup since 2000. He’s won two poles and his best finish was third, most recently in 2011 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Blaney has been with Tommy Baldwin Racing since 2010 but the team announced Friday that Michael Annett will take over the ride next season. It’s a two-year deal with Pilot Flying J as sponsor, a significant deal for the low-budget team.
Baldwin has a second car but Blaney admits he might go back to the sprint car racing where he raced before coming to NASCAR. Blaney also said he would like to spend more time with his son, Ryan, at the track. Ryan Blaney, 19, will be back next season with Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series and also will do select Nationwide races for Penske Racing.
“Honestly, I’ve done this for a while to kind of support Ryan and Ryan is in good shape ... I’m just going to enjoy watching him and be a part of that,’’ said Dave Blaney, who will start 38th Sunday.
He admits he would “love to get back into sprint car racing a lot. It’s hard to do part-time. I did it part-time last year and you can’t be that good doing it part-time in those cars. They’re hard to drive, hard to get used to. I ran good sometimes, I ran bad sometimes.
“But, it’s still the kind of racing I love the most. Just as much I’m going to love watching Ryan progress, too.’’
Dave Blaney, whose father raced sprint and modified cars, became the youngest driver to win a USAC Silver Crown championship in 1984. He won the World of Outlaws championship in 1995 and finished runner-up in the standings in 1996-97. He also owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
Sunday’s Cup race will be the final race in the series for Juan Pablo Montoya, who is leaving for IndyCar next year. It also is expected to the final Cup race for Mark Martin and Ken Schrader.
Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway at 2 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.