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Dave Blaney

Template:NASCAR current driver Dave Blaney (born October 24, 1962) in Hartford, Ohio is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver and is currently searching for a new ride for the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Blaney is most famous for his sprint car exploits as well as other success on dirt tracks. For many years, he was a regular in the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York, although he never won that event.

World of Outlaws

Blaney began racing in the WoO in 1992, and won the Championship in 1995. When he moved into NASCAR, he kept his team going, fielding a car for his brother Dale and the late Kevin Gobrecht.

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NASCAR

Blaney made his Winston Cup debut in the #80 Daffron's Body Shop Ford owned by Stan Hover of Fowler, Ohio at the 1992 AC Delco 500, finishing 31st. Six years later, he caught the eye of Bill Davis of Bill Davis Racing, and he signed to drive a Busch Series car for Davis, the #93 Amoco(Blaney's WoO trademark) Pontiac. His debut season was impressive, as he garned three sixth-place finishes and a pole position at Lowe's Motor Speedway. 1999 was even better, when his pole total rose to four and he climbed up to seventh place in the final points standings. In 2000, he and his Amoco team moved up to Winston Cup, posting two-top tens and finishing third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award standings. After coming close to victory in 2001, he left BDR because of sponsorship concerns and signed with #77 Ford provided by Jasper Motorsports. Blaney had a total of nine top tens and a pole in this ride, but he never got to victory lane. After being unemployed for the first half of 2004, he hooked on with Richard Childress Racing late in the year, before being replaced by Jeff Burton. He came back at the end of the season to take over the #07 ride. He owns Sharon Speedway (named after nearby Sharon, Pennsylvania) in Hartford Township, Ohio. He is being replaced by Clint Bowyer in 2006. He will return to the Bill Davis stable to run the #22 Caterpillar Dodge as a teammate to Michael Waltrip.

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