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Randy Humphrey puts his team on hold in order to retool

Dave Blaney behind the wheel of his Roush-Yates powered No. 77 Ford.
Dave Blaney behind the wheel of his Roush-Yates powered No. 77 Ford.
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Humphrey Racing may be getting ready to sit out a few races in the Sprint Cup series this season, but owner Randy Humphrey wants to make it clear that he is not shutting down his fledgling team, but merely taking a break so they can retool the Roush-Yates powered No. 77 Ford currently being driven by Dave Blaney, with. Peter Sospenzo crew chief. So far, the team has only qualified for 4 out of the 15 races this year, with a top finish of only 33rd. In its other finishes the No. 77 came in either 39th or 40th, and failed to even qualify at Phoenix for the Profit on CNBC 500, the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Auto Club 400 at Fontana, the STP 500 at Martinsville, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, Talladega’s Aarons 499, the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas and Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte.

In addition to withdrawing from the Daytona 500 at the beginning of the season (after Blaney’s car was wrecked during practice and the team was unable to purchase a replacement in time), Humphrey was absent from last Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, the team will miss Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky.

Humphrey did state that he hopes to return to the track for the John Walding 400, presented by Crown Royal at the at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.

Dave Blaney has had a long career in NASCAR drivingfor a variety of teams, beginning with driving th #93 Amoco Pontiac for Bill Davis Racing in the Nationwide Series in 1998. During his first season he came in 6th three times and garnered a pole position at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He also drove for Davis in the Winston Cup Series the following year. He later finished 3rd in the NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year award standings for the 2000 season

Blaney has also driven for Richard Childress Racing (2005), run the #66 Prism Motorsports Toyota for a full season in 2009, and divided driving duties between Tommy Baldwin Racing and Front Row Motorsports for the 2010 Sprint Cup season before returning to TommyBaldwin for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. In addition, Blaney also signed with Brad Keselowski Racing to pilot their No. 19 in the Camping World Truck Series at the series' Mudsummer Classic|inaugural visit to Eldora Speedway. He finally joined Humphrey after being replaced at Baldwin Racing by Michael Annett.