Yesterday’s 7-car crash at Daytona has left Dave Blaney without a ride for both today’s Budweiser Duels and the Daytona 500 this weekend, after team owner Randy Humphrey was unable to purchase a back-up car for his No. 77 Ford. Although, they had to withdraw their entry, the team will still get credit for the qualifying attempt.
According to reports, the pileup was initiated when Joey Logano’s aggressive driving sent him into Matt Kenseth’s car, which in turn sent Paul Menard spinning into Parker Kligerman. Kligerman’s car got the worst of it when it went flipped over into the front stretch catch fence and had its roof ripped off. Luckily, none of the drivers were injured.
Blaney joined the Humprey team after suffering through an on again/off again relationship with Tommy Baldwin Racing, who ended up replacing him in the No. 7 with Michael Annett. The switch was due, in large part to Annett's secured sponsorship with Pilot Flying J.
Born October 24, 1962, Blaney has competed in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. He was also a regular in the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, NY although he never won that event. He owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH. He is also the father of NASCAR competitor Ryan Blaney.