Dave Blaney joins Jasper Motorsports in 2002

Dave Blaney To Drive Jasper Engines Ford In 2002 Driver Signs Multi-Year Contract to Drive for Jasper Motorsports Jasper Motorsports announced today that Dave Blaney would take over the driving duties of the ...

Dave Blaney To Drive Jasper Engines Ford In 2002
Driver Signs Multi-Year Contract to Drive for Jasper Motorsports

Jasper Motorsports announced today that Dave Blaney would take over the driving duties of the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford Taurus for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Season.

Blaney, 38, now in his second full season in the Winston Cup Series, finished third in the 2000 Raybestos Rookie of the year standings, behind Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Before making his first Winston Cup start at North Carolina Speedway in October of 1999, Blaney finished a solid seventh in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings that same year after capturing four pole positions and finishing in the top 10 13 times.

"The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Racing Team has come a long way in the past couple of years," said Doug Bawel, co-owner of Jasper Motorsports. "This season has been our best ever. The combination of Ryan Pemberton, Dave Blaney and Penske Jasper Engines brings infinite possibilities for the future."

Blaney, who hails from Hartford, Ohio, is one of open-wheel racing’s most respected and successful racers of the past decade. He won 192 feature sprint car events during 17 seasons of competition in The World of Outlaws National Challenge Series, United Sprint Association and the All-Star Circuit of Champions. He won the World of Outlaws Championship in 1995 and finished in the runner-up position for the title four times.

"I’m looking forward to a new challenge," said Blaney, who is married and has three children. "I think there is a lot of potential at Jasper Motorsports. The chance to work with Ryan and the whole Jasper team, as well as the opportunity to run Penske Jasper Engines and a Ford Taurus makes me confident about the future."

Bawel also announced a contract extension between Pemberton and Jasper Motorsports. Pemberton recently signed a three year commitment to lead the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Racing Team.

"We are looking forward to three more years with Ryan," said Bawel. "He has brought a lot to this team. Ryan, of course, plays a big part in this and with him, and now Dave Blaney, we feel we can definitely build upon the foundation we have already laid."

Jasper Motorsports is still seeking additional sponsorship for the upcoming season. Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been the primary sponsor of the #77 Ford for the past six seasons and has renewed its commitment to sponsor the car in 2002, but has made additional space available in the form of primary, co-primary or event primary capacities.

-JM-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Matt Kenseth , Dave Blaney