Texas Motor Speedway News and Notes * Texas' Toyota...The No. 22 team will leave the COT behind this weekend and take Chassis No. 83 to Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung 500. This is the same Caterpillar Toyota the team used ...
Texas Motor Speedway News and Notes
* Texas' Toyota...The No. 22 team will leave the COT behind this weekend and take Chassis No. 83 to Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung 500. This is the same Caterpillar Toyota the team used at California Speedway, where Dave Blaney qualified 14th and ran solidly in the top 10 before losing an engine halfway through the event.
* Martinsville Recap...Because they stood outside the top 35 in points, Blaney and the team had to qualify on time to make it into the 500-lap event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Blaney started 22nd and drove to a 37th-place finish after blowing a tire and making contact with the wall early in the event.
* Blaney's Career Stats...Blaney will make his 242nd career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start when the green flag waves Sunday afternoon. He made his first career Cup Series start in October 1992 at [Rockingham] North Carolina Speedway and finished 22nd after qualifying 24th for his first Cup Series start in Texas in 2000. Like this weekend, Blaney was aboard a Bill Davis Racing-owned machine.
* Blaney at Texas...Blaney has made nine starts on the 1.5-mile oval during his Cup Series career, starting as high as 12th (2005) and finishing as high as sixth (2001). He has scored three top-15 finishes in Cup Series competition at Texas Motor Speedway and has qualified in the top 15 twice.
* BDR at TMS...Competitors driving Bill Davis Racing-owned cars have been racing at Texas Motor Speedway since 1997 and have made 17 starts. Those drivers have posted two top-10 finishes and have completed 5,156 of 5,683 possible laps (90.7 percent).
* Points Position...Blaney and the No. 22 team's 37th-place finish at Martinsville dropped them two places in the owners' point standings. The team now stands in 39th place, 58 points outside the top 35.
* Texas Two-Step...Blaney will continue doing double duty this week as he competes in his No. 10 ABF Ride for Braun Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series. Blaney earned a third-place finish after qualifying 15th last week at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. He now stands second in the Busch Series drivers' point standings. .
* Texas Broadcast Schedule...Qualifying for the Samsung 500 is scheduled to start at 5:10 p.m. ET Friday, April 13. The 500-mile event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, April 15, and will broadcast LIVE on FOX (TV), PRN (radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio.
* Don't Miss it...Blaney will visit the Caterpillar souvenir trailer to sign autographs following the conclusion of Cup Series qualifying on Friday, April 13 . Stop by the Cat souvenir trailer or visit www.daveblaney.com for updates and additional information.
Dave Blaney on Texas Motor Speedway..."We've been having some fun with our Caterpillar Cars of Tomorrow here the last couple of races, and we're kind of sorry to be leaving them behind this week. But we're bringing our Fontana car to Texas, and we know it's a good one. Obviously, we didn't make any headway last weekend trying to close the gap to the top 35, but with a couple of good finishes, we'll be right there. That doesn't help us much come qualifying on Friday, but we'll just do the best we can and hope it's enough. It's a stressful situation. I don't think we realized how stressful it was in Martinsville until we were safely in the show. Then, it felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off our shoulders. We'll go through it again this week and maybe we'll get things going on raceday and in the next week or two, we won't have to worry about it. We've got everything we need to get the job done, so hopefully we'll be fine."