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NSCS: Dave Blaney to Race with Randy Humphrey in 2014
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By Joseph Wolkin-Associate Editor (@JosephNASCAR)
January 8, 2014
WHITESTONE, N.Y.– Dave Blaney will be back in NASCAR competition for the 2014 season. According to Lee Spencer from FOX Sports, Blaney will be racing for a team owned by Randy Humphrey during 2014.
It is unknown how many races the team will attempt, nor has a sponsor been announced. However, the team will be running Ford Fusion’s with their engines being supplied by the Roush-Yates Engine program which builds engines for Roush-Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Wood Brothers Racing, Penske Racing, FASLane Racing and Leavine Family Racing. They will also be using the No. 77, the same one which Blaney drove in 2002 and 2003.
Peter Sospenzo will be the crew chief of the No. 77 Ford during the 2014 season. Sospenzo has previously worked with Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing, Ginn Racing, Front Row Motorsports and most recently, Humphrey’s No. 19 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Humphrey has been an owner in NASCAR for several year. He has previously co-owned a Nationwide Series organization with Jeff Gordon’s spotter, Eddie D’Hondt. Humphrey also co-owned HP Racing several years ago with Phil Parsons. In 2012 and 2013, Humphrey fielded the No. 19 and No. 91 Toyota Camry’s on a part-time basis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in collaboration with Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Though the team was primarily a start and park organization, they qualified for most of the races which they attempted.
Blaney will enter what might be his final season as a Sprint Cup Series driver as his son, Ryan Blaney, moves through the ranks as a Penske Racing development driver. Over the course of his career, Blaney has never won a Sprint Cup Series event in 466 starts, but he did win Toyota their first ever Sprint Cup Series pole award at New Hampshire in 2007.
“Obviously, it helps that we’ll have Doug Yates engines and picked up some really nice cars that Casey Mears drove before Germain switched to Chevy’s. So we’re off to a Good start,” Blaney said in an interview with Fox Sports.
Though the news is not official, Blaney did hint that the team he will be racing for is relatively new to the sport. The team has reportedly bought cars from Germain Racing, who has switched from Ford to Chevrolet.