HARTFORD, OH - With their nomad-like schedule, most Pennzoil World of Outlaws competitors don't have many chances to be at home. Dale Blaney and crewman Gene Jenkins will get a chance for some home cooking this week when the Amoco ...
HARTFORD, OH - With their nomad-like schedule, most Pennzoil World of Outlaws competitors don't have many chances to be at home. Dale Blaney and crewman Gene Jenkins will get a chance for some home cooking this week when the Amoco #93 team competes at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA, before moving to historic Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA on Thursday and Friday night. "We're looking forward to coming home and racing at Lernerville, the Grove and Hagerstown," said Blaney, who owns seven victories at Lernerville." "We're continuing to get better each race. Those are tracks that Gene and I have both raced at a lot and hopefully, that will give us an advantage. I've never really had a lot of success with the Outlaws at Lernerville, but we're hoping to change that on Tuesday. Gene won last year's $10,000-to-win Octoberfest show at Hagerstown with Billy Pauch, so I'm sure he'll be confident when we race there on Saturday and Sunday."
Blaney is making DB Racing's debut with Outlaws a successful one through 25 WoO races this season. The team ranks sixth in the standings and have been consistently running in the Top-ten all season. For Jenkins and Crew Chief D.J. Lindsey, this has been their first taste of full-time WoO racing, and the trio continues to show signs of a consistency with 10 Top-ten finishes in the last 13 races.
"I think we're all learning our roles better at each race," said Jenkins, who's owns the #55 sprint car that Pauch drives in Central PA. "I've really enjoyed racing all over the country, but I'm ready to get to victory lane. Dale continues to get more confidence, while D.J. and I seem to be getting better at setting the car up the way he likes it. I've raced at the Grove quite a few years and would really enjoy getting a win there."
Part of the learning process for the team has been working with new equipment. The trio seems to have identified a good set-up for the Maxim cars and an understanding for the best way to utilize the horsepower of the Mopar Engines, which are being built by Gary Stanton.
"I think this Mopar motor will really run well at the Grove," said Blaney, who surpassed the $1 million career earnings milestone on Saturday. "That track takes a lot of horsepower and these engines have proved that they can provide it. I'm really starting to get comfortable with these Maxim cars too, and we're feeling more and more confident with this Mopar and Maxim combination."
This week's races will be the first of three stops in Pennsylvania for the Outlaws. The team is hoping to continue their progress while keeping the big picture in mind.
"We're going to continue to plug away," said Blaney, the 1995 & 96 All-Star Champion. "Hopefully, we can get back into the Top-five. I felt like on Saturday at Terre Haute we should have run in the Top-five, but it seems like we're stuck on seven here the last few races. Seven's not a bad spot, but we need to have some finishes higher up. As long as we can continue to move forward in the features and can take advantage of our opportunities when starting up front, we'll be happy with the results." <pre>
EVENT QUALIFIED HEAT DASH "A" EARNINGS STANDINGS Hanford (2/25) 16th 3rd 3rd 15th $1000 15th Perris (2/26) 13th 2nd 2nd 6th $2200 8th Las Vegas (3/2) 17th 4th 9th 18th $550 10th Las Vegas (3/3) 15th 4th 4th 13th $900 10th Las Vegas (3/4) ------- 4th 10th 10th $2050 10th Devil's Bowl (3/11) 26th 6th ----- 17th $950 11th Joplin 66 (3/24) 12th 1st 4th 13th $900 11th Joplin 66 (3/25) 4th 1st 6th 4th $3200 8th Texas MS (3/30) 23rd 3rd 6th 19th $500 8th Texas MS (3/31) 20th 4th ------ 13th $1500 9th Pike Co.(4/5) 8th 1st 2nd 23rd $600 12th Houston RP (4/7) 7th 2nd 3rd 5th $1400 11th Houston RP (4/8) 11th 7th ------ 7th $2300 9th W. Plains (4/14) 10th 1st 1st 4th $2500 8th Tri-City (4/15) 3rd 2nd 3rd 5th $2300 6th Eldora (4/22) 8th 3rd 3rd 5th $2300 6th Knoxville 4/28) 6th 2nd 3rd 5th $1400 6th Knoxville (4/29) 5th 2nd 2nd 8th $2100 6th I-80 (5/5) 8th 3rd 6th 13th $900 6th I-80 (5/6) 1st 1st 6th 7th $2100 6th Huset's (5/7) 3rd 2nd 3rd 7th $2300 6th KY Lake (5/11) 11th 1st 1st 11th $1400 6th Terre Haute (5/12) 13th 8th ------ 13th $1020 6th Terre Haute (5/13) 7th 3rd 2nd 7th $2300 6th AVG/TOTALS 10th 2nd 4th 10th $38,560