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Caterpillar Racing Event Preview - Richmond

Tuesday September 2, 2008


Cat Racing/Dave Blaney Event Preview
Richmond International Raceway
Chevy Rock and Roll 400

Richmond International Raceway Notes
· Richmond’s Ride…The No. 22 Bill Davis Racing team plans to utilize chassis No. 33 for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This car was last run earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and it has been extensively tested during the summer months.
· Blaney’s Career Stats…Dave Blaney hopes to make his 293rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the green flag waves Saturday evening. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1992 at [Rockingham] North Carolina Speedway and finished 34th (qualified 32nd) in his first Cup Series start in Richmond in 2000. Like this weekend, Blaney was aboard a Bill Davis Racing-owned machine.
· Blaney at RIR…Blaney has made 16 Cup Series starts at the .75-mile track during his career. The veteran driver has started as high as third (2002) and finished as high as fourth in 2006. Blaney has scored two top-10 finishes at the Richmond-area short track in his Cup Series career.
· BDR at RIR…Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at Richmond International Raceway since 1993 and have made 40 starts. Those drivers have posted one top-five and six top-10 finishes at the track. Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have started from the pole on two occasions.
· Bring Your Sharpie…Look for Blaney to stop by the Caterpillar/Toyota Racing merchandise hauler to sign autographs on Saturday. Please check with the trailer for exact times.
· Watch and Listen…Qualifying for the event is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. ET Friday, September 5. The 400-lap event is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept 6, and will broadcast LIVE on ABC (TV), MRN (radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Blaney’s Thoughts on the Chevy Monte Carlo 400…“Richmond is usually a really good place for this Caterpillar Racing team. Generally speaking we qualify well and run pretty good too, so we’re hopeful this will be a good weekend for us. We didn’t run as well as we hoped to last week in Fontana, but we did at least manage to get back to High Point (N.C.) with our Toyota Camry in one piece. After three wrecks in a row, that was at least something.

“Richmond is a great track. There’s not a driver or a fan out there that doesn’t think that way. It’s small enough to put on a great show for the fans, but big and wide enough to be able to pass on in certain places, so the drivers are always happy with it too. Night racing in Richmond has always been a lot of fun and now that it’s the last race before the start of the chase it’s even that much more exciting for everyone.”

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