Dover II: Dave Blaney preview

Dover International Speedway News and Notes * Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to use COT No. 11 this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. This is the same car the team last utilized at Bristol ...

Dover International Speedway News and Notes

* Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to use COT No. 11 this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. This is the same car the team last utilized at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway several weeks ago.

* Blaney's Career Stats...Blaney hopes to make his 260th career NASCAR NEXTEL 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 drove his Bill Davis Racing-owned entry to a 25th-place finish (qualified 27th) in his first Cup Series start at the one-mile track in Dover.

* Blaney at Dover...Blaney has made 13 starts on the one-mile oval during his Cup Series career, starting as high as 14th and finishing as high as 11th, both in 2002. He has scored two top-15 finishes in Cup Series competition at the Delaware track. Blaney has competed in a Bill Davis Racing entry at Dover seven times.

* BDR at Dover...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at the track since 1993 and have made 38 starts. Those drivers have posted four top-10 finishes.

* Blaney gets Back to the Busch Series ...Blaney will return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend. He will drive the No. 10 Haas Avocado Toyota Camry for Braun Racing.

Dave Blaney's thoughts on Dover..."Obviously, in the back of our minds, we're going to be worried about making the show in Dover since we missed it the last time around. We'll probably spend all of practice on Friday making qualifying runs and then worry about race set up once we make the race. We were certainly hoping that we'd be back in the top 35 by the time we got to this race, but these past couples of weeks have really been rough. Our Caterpillar Camry has run pretty well, but we can't seem to get through a race without having problems. We're still bound and determined to get ourselves locked into the top 35 by the end of the season, and all we need is for everything to come together for a couple of races in a row. It'll get better for us; it has to. It can hardly get any more frustrating than it has for the past month. Everyone has worked so hard, and we just need to stop beating ourselves. Once that happens, we'll be fine."

-credit: bdr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing