Watkins Glen: Dave Blaney preview

Dave Blaney No. 22 * Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to utilize chassis No. 11 for this weekend's event at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. This is the same car the team used in the road-course race at Infineon...

Dave Blaney No. 22

* Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to utilize chassis No. 11 for this weekend's event at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. This is the same car the team used in the road-course race at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif., earlier this season. The car has also been tested several times at [Alton] Virginia International Raceway.

* Blaney's Career Stats...Dave Blaney will make his 255th career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start when the green flag waves Sunday. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1992 at [Rockingham] North Carolina Speedway and finished 35th after qualifying 33rd for his first Cup Series start at Watkins Glen in 2000. Like this weekend, Blaney was aboard a Bill Davis Racing-owned machine.

* Blaney at Watkins Glen...Blaney has started as high as 16th (2003) and finished as high as 18th (2002) on the 2.45-mile New York track and has scored three top-25 finishes there.

* BDR at WGI...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at the track since 1993 and have made 18 starts. Those drivers have posted one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes.

* Practice Makes Perfect...The Caterpillar Racing team spent Tuesday, July 31, testing at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for this event. Blaney and the team also tested at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway this week and [Newton] Iowa Speedway next week.

* Dirt Track Fun...Blaney will host several of his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series competitors Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, for the "NASCAR Duel on the Sharon Speedway Dirt". Scheduled participants include Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Blaney's teammate, Jeremy Mayfield. The racers will drive e-mods on the 3/8-mile dirt track.

Blaney's Thoughts on the Weekend..."We're happy to be locked into the top 35 again this weekend heading into Watkins Glen, that's for sure. It's helpful to be able to spend Friday working on race set up if we want to instead of spending the entire practice in qualifying trim, and that just makes the entire weekend go smoother. We lost a bit of ground to the 36th-place car in Pocono, which was disappointing. But our goal was to stay out of trouble and get our Cat Racing team a top-20 finish, and that's what we did. We also managed to put a good-sized dent in catching up to the guys ahead of us. It's not a great feeling to be on the bubble, but it sure beats being outside of it."

-credit: bdr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer , Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing