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Tuesday September 30, 2008
Cat Racing/Dave Blaney Event Preview
AMP Energy 500
Talladega Superspeedway Notes
· Dega’s Ride…The No. 22 Bill Davis Racing team plans to utilize chassis No. 27 for the AMP Energy 500 this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. This car was previously raced in the July event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
· Blaney’s Career Stats…Dave Blaney will make his 297th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the green flag waves Sunday afternoon. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1992 at [Rockingham] North Carolina Speedway and finished 30th (qualified 16th) in his first Cup Series start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in 2000. Like this weekend, Blaney was aboard a Bill Davis Racing-owned machine.
· Blaney at TSS…Blaney has made 14 Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway during his career. The veteran driver has started as high as second (2007) and scored his best finish at the track – third – last fall.
· BDR at TSS…Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have made 39 starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Those drivers have posted two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes at the track.
· Bring Your Sharpie…Look for Blaney to stop by the Caterpillar/Toyota Racing merchandise hauler to sign autographs this weekend. Please check with the trailer for exact times. Blaney will also be making an appearance at Toyota PitPass Sunday morning.
· Watch and Listen…Qualifying for the event is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 4. The 188-lap race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 5, and will broadcast LIVE on ABC (TV), MRN (radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Blaney’s Thoughts on the AMP Energy 500…“We had a good run last year in Talladega and then ran into problems there in the spring, so I think there are some mixed emotions heading into this race. The good news is that we are in the top 35 in points, so we know we are going to race our Caterpillar Camry, and that takes a bit of the pressure off, especially since it’s an impound race, which would make a bigger difference to us if we had to race our way in. We had a decent car during the last restrictor plate race in Daytona, and we’re hopeful we can come away with a good finish here as well. Talladega and Daytona are two very different animals, obviously, but we feel pretty good about our restrictor plate program right now. We’re hoping for good things this weekend.”
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Kim DeHaven.
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