Amoco, Blaney Ready to Take on Outlaws

Amoco, Dale Blaney Ready to Take on World of Outlaws CHICAGO, IL (February 17) - Amoco and Dale Blaney are ready to make an assault on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in 1998. The new sponsor and driver for Hylton-Blaney ...

Amoco, Dale Blaney Ready to Take on World of Outlaws CHICAGO, IL (February 17) - Amoco and Dale Blaney are ready to make an assault on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in 1998. The new sponsor and driver for Hylton-Blaney Motorsports will debut the new-look Amoco 93 sprint car on Friday at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, when the series opens its 20th anniversary season. Blaney, who won successive All-Star championships in 1995 and 1996, replaced his brother, Dave, as driver when Dave was hired to drive Bill Davis Racing's Amoco Ultimate Pontiac in NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series. Dale drove the car during the World of Outlaws' final 10 events last year. He recorded four top-ten finishes, including a seventh at the 30th Annual Action Performance Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway. Blaney has set high expectations for his rookie season with the Outlaws. "I'm really looking forward to this season," said the Hartford, OH, native. "It would be nice to win the (rookie) award, but I'm looking a little bit beyond that. I want to go out and win a couple of races and more importantly gain some respect in the series." Hylton-Blaney Motorsports, which is co-owned by Keith Hylton of US Print and Dave Blaney, will continue to employ Kenny Woodruff as crew chief. Last season was the team's first year of competition, and they won three of the season's biggest races: the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, the Gold Cup of Champions and Eldora's Historical Big One. The team also finished second in the point standings. This season, the team will continue to utilize J&J Chassis, Shaver Engines and Goodyear Tires. "This team won 10 races last year, and Dave and Kenny won the championship in 1995," Dale said. "There's really nothing that's changed except the driver. Following in Dave's footsteps is going to be a big challenge for me. I think I have proven when given a good car that I can run pretty well. This is definitely going to be the best equipment that I have ever been in so a lot of it is up to me, and hopefully I'll be up to the challenge. "I think Kenny understands me as a driver," the 1986 University of West Virginia graduate said. "I have the utmost respect for him. He gets the most out of his driver. He'll be hard on me at times, but I think that will be good. He is going to keep me running as hard as I can every night." Amoco's involvement with sprint car racing began in 1995 when they became title sponsor for the series' premiere event, the Amoco Knoxville Nationals. Last August, the Chicago-based petroleum company signed up to remain title sponsor for the event through the year 2000, and the contract with the Hylton-Blaney Motorsports sprint car effort is also through 2000.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing