Fontana II: Dave Blaney preview

California Speedway News and Notes * Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to use Chassis No. 109 this weekend at California Speedway. This is the same car the team ran in the most recent event at ...

California Speedway News and Notes

* Blaney's No. 22 Camry...The Caterpillar Racing team plans to use Chassis No. 109 this weekend at California Speedway. This is the same car the team ran in the most recent event at Michigan International Speedway, in which Dave Blaney drove to a sixth-place finish.

* Blaney's Career Stats... Blaney will make his 258th 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 drove his Bill Davis Racing-owned entry to a 38th-place finish (qualified 17th) in his first Cup Series start at the two-mile track in Fontana, Calif.

* Blaney at California Speedway...Blaney has made nine starts on the Fontana-area track during his Cup Series career, starting as high as 15th and finishing as high as ninth. He has scored two top-15 finishes in Cup Series competition at California Speedway and has qualified in the top 15 on two occasions. Blaney's Cat Camry was running near the front of the field during the spring race at this track when engine problems forced him to retire from the event early.

* BDR at California...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at California Speedway since 1997 and have made 19 starts. Those drivers have posted two top-10 finishes in Cup Series competition.

* Moving on up...The Caterpillar Racing team continues to hold the coveted 35th place in the owners' point standings and is looking ahead to chase down both the No. 45 and No. 70 teams. The No. 22 entry stands only 21 points outside of 34th place (No. 45 team) and 27 points behind the 33rd place No. 70 team.

Dave Blaney's Thoughts on Fontana..."Our Cat Racing Toyota ran really well in Michigan, and because of that, we've really been looking forward to getting to California. We're bringing the Michigan car this weekend to Fontana, so we're looking for really good things this weekend. On top of that, we had a really strong run going at California Speedway in the spring before we ran into some engine issues, so hopefully we can kind of pick up where we left off. I can't say enough about the job [crew chief] Tommy Baldwin and all of the guys at the shop have done lately. Our qualifying program has been pretty good all year, but it has really come on strong in the last month or two, and we're getting much better come raceday as well. We weren't happy with the way the car handled early in Bristol last week, but Tommy made some major changes, and by the second half of the race we were as fast as anyone out there. The difference between the start of the season and now is like night and day, especially since we have a better idea of how to fix problems when we run into them. We've got a solid team right now, and we're really looking forward to the remainder of the season."

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Bill Davis Racing