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MAGAZINE: Blaney Gets Back To His Dirt Roots
Editor’s Note: After many years of racing NASCAR stock cars, Dave Blaney has returned to sprint car racing full time this season. Blaney, who drives Dan Motter’s No. 71m, was featured in the August issue of SPEED SPORT Magazine. Here is an excerpt from that story.
Over the last several years Dave Blaney has returned to his roots in dirt track racing. (Frank Smith Photo)
Dave Blaney, who turns 54 in October, has been fast this season but a violent crash May 4 at Eldora Speedway set him back a bit with a concussion. Prior to the crash, he raced with the All Stars in Pennsylvania, performing well in outings at Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedways.
“We didn’t race for quite a while after Florida and came to Pennsylvania for the All Star weekend and ran really good,” said Blaney. “We didn’t win one, but we ran good. Those two races really got me excited and the next race was Eldora when we crashed.”
Blaney crashed hard in the first turn during qualifying at the half-mile track. He was out of action for more than a month.
He returned to the seat of the No. 71m sprint car June 28 at his family’s Sharon (Ohio) Speedway. He started 22nd and finished 13th. He traveled to Pennsylvania the next night and drove a big-block modified to an impressive runner-up finish at Williams Grove Speedway.
“All the symptoms are gone,” said Blaney. “I’m back to normal in every way. It was one of the worst wrecks I’ve had if you just want to look at the car. I really don’t remember anything about it. I did have some concussion symptoms for a few weeks.”
Blaney did practice his sprint car before returning to competition.
“I went off on my own and ran for a night in the sprint car,” he said. “I wouldn’t have went back racing if I didn’t feel 100 percent. Everything is back to normal.”
Blaney was happy with his performance in the Super DIRTcar Series round at Williams Grove.
“I was thrilled to run that good in one of those races,” said Blaney. “It’s hard to jump in with the best guys like that and compete with them. That was awesome.”