Homestead: Dave Blaney preview

* Homestead's Hot Rod...The No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Dave Blaney is scheduled to drive in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is chassis No. 109. This car has been utilized many times during the second half of the 2007...

* Homestead's Hot Rod...The No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Dave Blaney is scheduled to drive in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway is chassis No. 109. This car has been utilized many times during the second half of the 2007 season. It was most recently run in Atlanta.

* Blaney's Career Stats...Blaney will make his 268th career 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 23rd-place finish (qualified 4th) in his first Cup Series start in Homestead in 1999.

* Blaney at HMS...Blaney has made seven starts on the 1.5-mile oval during his Cup Series career, starting as high as fourth and finishing as high as sixth ('01 and '05)). He has scored three top-10 finishes in Cup Series competition at Homestead-Miami Speedway and has qualified in the top 15 three times.

* BDR at HMS...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at the track since 1999 and have made 14 starts. Those drivers have posted two top-10 finishes.

* It'll be a Busy Weekend...Not only will Blaney be back behind the wheel of the No. 10 Braun Racing entry this weekend in the Busch Series, he also hopes to make his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start. Blaney will pilot the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra in Friday night's 134-lap Ford 300. Blaney made his lone NCTS at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in 2004, finishing sixth after starting the event in fifth in a BDR Tundra.

Dave Blaney on Homestead..."This Caterpillar Racing team is in a pretty good position heading into Homestead as far as the top-35 points battle is concerned. Barring something really unexpected, we should be able to walk away next Sunday knowing we are locked into making the first five races next season, and that's huge. The pressure of knowing we had to race our way into the Daytona 500 would have made for a really stressful off season, so we're hoping all goes well this weekend. I like to think we'll start 2008 with a little better luck than we did this season and not dig ourselves into such a hole. All the guys on this Caterpillar team have worked unbelievably hard this year and we've really been under a lot of pressure. We've had our ups and downs and we're hoping to finish the season off on a high note."

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing