Dave Blaney on competing in this weekend's Coca Cola 600-- "This is one of my favorite races," said Blaney. "It's really exciting because it's raced under the lights in front of a sold out crowd. For a racer, it's even better because it is...
Dave Blaney on competing in this weekend's Coca Cola 600--
"This is one of my favorite races," said Blaney. "It's really exciting because it's raced under the lights in front of a sold out crowd. For a racer, it's even better because it is such a long race that you can overcome a lot of things before the end of 600 miles. We should have a really strong car after a decent run in the Open (Blaney sat on the pole for the Open and led laps before succumbing to a tight racecar) and a real good test a couple weeks ago. I think we'll be able to prove again that we are worthy of having a full-time sponsor in this series. We've run a race a month and the plan is to continue that until we can secure a full-time deal. The races where we hadn't been taken out, we've run no worse than 15th. I think if we can put a package together to run the whole schedule that we would be running better than that. But, our goal is to go there this weekend and run like we've been running and get ourselves another good finish."
Accession Consulting Inc. joins Bill Davis Racing as an associate sponsor for Blaney--
Accession Consulting Inc. is a healthcare information system consulting company that was founded in 2003 by a small team of industry experts that were hand selected from some of the country's largest and most successful organizations. Accession Consulting Inc. provides its clients, not only with the system expertise, but also with the project management's capabilities to ensure a successful project. With a focus on patient care and medical records, Accession Consulting Inc. brings high-tech expertise and a clear vision of the future to their clients, ensuring their short and long-term success. Accession Consulting Inc. is an established leader in PACS and RIS implementations with several highly successful projects recently completed.
Blaney will carry the names of nearly 200 individuals on the #23 Whelen Dodge's decklid. The names inscribed were part of a promotion to support the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, whose mission is to construct superior equipment for the U.S. men's and women's bobsled teams. For every $50 worth of Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project apparel purchased, a single name was added to the car's decklid.
Blaney and the #23 Whelen Dodge team will return to the Coca-Cola 600 with car #80. It is a brand new car that hasn't been raced, but the team tested with it a couple weeks ago. Blaney, however, lost control of the car and spun, hitting the wall. The team brought it back to the shop and put a new clip on it before returning with it this weekend.
Blaney competes in his fifth Coca-Cola 600 this weekend. He has made four starts, finishing his best last year -- 14th. But, Blaney likes these 1.5-mile tracks. This year alone, Blaney competed in Atlanta and Texas and finished both races 11th. Blaney also sat on the pole for last weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Open.