Blaney Ready to Race at Tricky Texas Driver Returns to A&W No. 37 for Front Row Statesville, N.C. (November 2, 2010) - Ask Dave Blaney what the secret is to racing well at Texas Motor Speedway and you might get a shrug. The veteran driver has 15...
Blaney Ready to Race at Tricky Texas
Driver Returns to A&W No. 37 for Front Row
Statesville, N.C. (November 2, 2010) - Ask Dave Blaney what the secret is to racing well at Texas Motor Speedway and you might get a shrug. The veteran driver has 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval - some good finishes, some bad - and he says it's still a tricky track to figure out. He'll have another chance at a good run this weekend when he returns to the track in the No. 37 A&W All American Food Ford for Sunday's AAA Texas 500.
Blaney has earned a top-10 and three top-15 finishes in his Cup career at the Fort Worth, Texas, venue. Sunday's race will be his fifth start for Front Row Motorsports this season.
Comments from A&W All American Food Ford Team Driver Dave Blaney on Texas Motor Speedway:
"Texas is a fun place. It's one of the fastest tracks we run at, no doubt. I think it was the fastest for a while. But it's hard to run well there. I've been there multiple times, and it seems like sometimes I run well and sometimes I run really bad and not really know why I did either. So, that's probably not a good thing.
"It's just a fun place to go to. It's a fun track and a fun facility, the area is really cool, and they always get huge crowds there. And it is a really racy track. So it's all good there.
"Races there are long. For some reason, 500 miles there seems longer than maybe 500 miles some other places. I think you're just on edge a bit because you're going so fast and lots of things can happen. The wall kind of creeps up on you really fast out of Turn 2 and also fairly fast out of Turn 4.
"It's not uncommon at all to see a crash within the first 10 minutes of the first practice there. There's always somebody slamming the wall on Turn 2 or Turn 4. Actually, it's not uncommon to see five or six people do it in the first practice. It's tricky for the speed you're going. The track just has a characteristic on exit that not many other tracks have. And it will catch you."
-source: front row motorsports