Dave Blaney switches to a Ford for 2002

Motorsport.com - In a surprise move, Blaney announced that he is leaving Bill Davis Racing at the end of the 2001 season and will drive for Jasper Motorsports for the 2002 season. Blaney expressed his gratitude to Bill Davis for allowing him ...

Motorsport.com - In a surprise move, Blaney announced that he is leaving Bill Davis Racing at the end of the 2001 season and will drive for Jasper Motorsports for the 2002 season.

Blaney expressed his gratitude to Bill Davis for allowing him the opportunity to move to NASCAR in 1998 after a career in Sprint cars. Blaney's first full year in the Busch series was in 1999 where he finished seventh in driver standings and Bill Davis Racing finished sixth in team standings. During 1999, Blaney made five Winston Cup starts. His rookie season, 2000, in Winston Cup netted him three rookie awards and he finished third in the rookie standings for the year. Blaney currently sits 23rd in the Winston Cup points for the current year, 2001.

Blaney signed a multi-year contract with team owners Doug Bawl, Mark Wallace and Mark Harrah. Blaney will replace the current Jasper Motorsports driver, Robert Pressley.

Blaney hails from Hartford, Ohio. "I'm looking forward to a new challenge," said the former World of Outlaws (WOO) Champion, Blaney. He remains active in WOO as team owner with his brother, Dale, as the driver.

Blaney's career in Sprint cars speaks for itself. In his last full season in WOO, he finished second behind Sammy Swindell. Blaney understands tight competition as proven in 1995 when he won the WOO Championship with 10,850 points over Jac Haudenschild 's 10,708 points.

In 1984, Blaney not only won the rookie-of-the-year honors, he also won the USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Championship becoming the first rookie and youngest driver to achieve the championship. In 1997, he won the Knoxville Nationals.

Besides Blaney's career in Sprint cars, he also drove Midgets winning the prestigious Chili Bowl in 1993. And in 1992, Blaney competed in six ARCA starts.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Pressley , Sammy Swindell , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild
Teams Bill Davis Racing