Dave Blaney&Ndash; Amoco Ultimate Team 93 Dodge FACTS & FIGURES: Kansas 400 (Kansas Speedway/9-30-2001) * DAVE BLANEY and Amoco Ultimate Team 93 started 42nd and finished 35th at Dover Downs last weekend, being sidelined on Lap 266 after ...
Dave Blaney&Ndash; Amoco Ultimate Team 93 Dodge
FACTS & FIGURES: Kansas 400 (Kansas Speedway/9-30-2001)
* DAVE BLANEY and Amoco Ultimate Team 93 started 42nd and finished 35th at Dover Downs last weekend, being sidelined on Lap 266 after cutting a tire while running fourth; he posted a career-best sixth-place finish last month at Michigan, running as high as fourth in the final laps of the rain-shortened race; his qualifying effort (fourth) at MIS in June tied career bests at Miami (1999), Daytona (7/00) and Atlanta (11/00); BLANEY passed 61 cars enroute to a career-best sixth-place finish at Texas in April after being forced to take a provisional starting spot (43rd) when tire problems doomed his qualifying effort; in March, BLANEY led 70 laps at Atlanta before a late-race tire problem derailed his effort; BLANEY and the #93 Amoco-Siemens Dodge team tested at Kansas Speedway on September 10, but could not complete their two-day test when the tragic events of September 11 cancelled their plans and forced them to drive back to NC as did several other NASCAR Winston Cup teams testing at KC.
* BLANEY ranks 25th in the Winston Cup driver points standings (2450), 20 points behind Terry Labonte and 50 points behind 23rd-place Ricky Craven; BLANEY has a best-start of fourth (MIS) and best-finishes of sixth (Texas, MIS-2) in 27 starts during the 2001 season; BLANEY also ranks 15th in miles-completed (94.3%), more than three-fourths of his unfinished miles coming in the Daytona 500 (engine failure) and with blown tires at New Hampshire (July) and Dover (September); Burton and BLANEY rank 3-4 in the points standings among all Dodge teams.
DOVER DOWNS NOTES:
* Like Jeremy Mayfield earlier in the race, DAVE BLANEY also hit the Turn 1-2 walls after cutting a tire during the MBNA 400 at Dover last weekend; unlike Mayfield, however, BLANEY walked away with virtually no physical injuries; both his seat and seat-belts held as designed during the hard impact; BLANEY’s tire blew before entry into the corner, allowing time for him to correct toward the wall and minimize the distance toward impact; also, BLANEY—as with many NASCAR drivers—has modified his left-side belt configuration, eliminating the clasp that may have contributed damage to the belt during impact in several crashes—including Mayfield’s at Dover—this season; BLANEY wore his belts in this manner during his successful 15-year career as a sprint-car driver prior to moving to NASCAR in 1998.
* Including the $10-per-lap contributions promised by car owner Davis, Blaney, and sponsors Amoco and Siemens for the Dover race, the #93 Dodge earned $10,640 in specific funds for the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund, to accompany the collective $7 million already contributed by Amoco and Siemens to a range of relief organizations. Blaney carried the colors of the American Red Cross (hood) and Fire Department of New York (deck) in space surrendered by Amoco and Siemens, respectively, for NASCAR’s first race after the national tragedies of September 11.
* The #93 Amoco-Siemens Dodge was the only car to carry the official shield of the FDNY and carried the ARC full logo for the first time-ever on a race car at Dover along with their 1800-HELP-NOW contact information. The #93 team—which will run a special green BP design at three of its next five races (Charlotte, Talladega, Rockingham)—will continue to carry the FDNY shields weekly and will likely run a design similar to the Dover car later in the season, continuing its commitment to provide on-going awareness to the relief organizations working to support the victims of the September 11 events.
KANSAS CITY NOTES:
* Sprint-car legend Doug Wolfgang will join the #93 Amoco-Siemens team as a special guest of DAVE BLANEY and the #93 Amoco-Siemens team throughout the KC race weekend in a region where both BLANEY and Wolfgang share a considerably higher regional profile than many of the NASCAR stars after many years of World of Outlaws competition at local tracks throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa where the major NASCAR series have seldom performed.
* Wolfgang, the four-time WoO runner-up, finished eighth on the "Driver of the Century" list compiled by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and is credited more than 600 feature wins (107 WoO final-night "A" mains) in 22 seasons, including 60 at fabled Knoxville Raceway—five in the Amoco Knoxville Nationals (1976-77, 1984-85, 1989). He was seriously burned in a 1992 accident at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, but returned to win the IMCA 1995 title for 360-sprints. Wolfgang retired in 1997 but remains active in the sport through his WOLFWELD business.
DAVE BLANEY– CAREER HIGHLIGHTS (WORLD OF OUTLAWS)
* One of open-wheel racing most respected and successful racers of the past decade, BLANEY won 192 feature sprint car events in 1,349 starts (14.2%) over 17 seasons of competition in the division’s three major organizations– The World of Outlaws National Challenge Series, United Sprint Association and All-Star Circuit of Champions; his top-5 (55.3%) and top-10 (73.2%) are among career WoO best.
* BLANEY won World of Outlaws championship in 1995 and finished as runner-up for the championship every other year between 1993 and 1997 (four times); won the 1984 USAC Silver Crown Championship, the youngest-ever USAC Silver Crown champion and the first rookie to win that series’ title—something drivers such as A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti did not do; BLANEY was selected as Sprint Car Driver-of-the-Year in 1995 as well as to the AARWBA All-American Team; ranked in top-five in National Sprint Car poll throughout the 1990’s.