HARTFORD, Ohio (July 7, 2016) – Dave Blaney, driver of the Motter Equipment Mohawk Northeast Beltline Body Shop Sprint Car, is looking forward to the annual Lou Blaney Memorial race at Sharon Speedway scheduled for Saturday evening, July 9. Besides drawing a star-studded field of competitors, it is also a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lou, the Blaney patriarch, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before his death in 2009. During his liefetime, he developed a passion for racing sprint cars and modifieds, a ‘fever’ passed along to his sons.
This year marks the eighth annual Lou Blaney Memorial presented by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and it is one of the highest paying, single-day programs on the 2016 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions schedule, paying $10,000 to the winner.
Activities benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association will begin at 1:30 p.m. with racing warm-ups scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
“It is a big race for Dale and me, for my mom and whole family really,” said Blaney. “Mom raises a lot of money for the Alzheimer's Association. She also invites a lot of people that raced with dad to this event. That part is cool, sometimes it's the only time I see them.
“It's turned into a good event, a lot of support from racers, fans and sponsors. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet has been a long-time sponsor of the event and we are grateful for their participation.”
Dave won the event named in honor of his father in 2014. He and Dale will be racing hard to be able to be able to pay tribute to their father in victory lane Saturday night.
In addition to driving the Motter 71M Sprint Car, Dave will debut one of his Big Block Modifieds.
The Blaney men hold a coveted spot in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Father Lou was inducted posthumously in 2013, Dave in 2014, and Dale, the newest member, was welcomed this year.
“Our Dad was the ‘real deal’,” said Dave. “He loved racing more than anything else in the world and we are carrying on the family tradition. We know he would be so honored to see so many friends gathered together to celebrate the night.”
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