Dave Blaney, driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, made his inaugural start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ (NCWTS) dirt track debut during Wednesday night’s CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC’s Prime’s the Profit at Eldora Speedway.
Blaney handled the early pressure well, by qualifying his Reese Towpower Ford F-150 in the sixth starting spot for the main event Wednesday night.
Blaney made his way up to third position by lap 10, gaining on the leaders each time by the start / finish line. On lap 47, Blaney came on the radio and said he was tight in and through the center, which prompted crew chief, Chad Kendrick, to start building out a pit road plan, knowing the first NASCAR mandatory caution would be on lap 60.
Blaney battled hard all night in the top five with a fast Reese Towpower Truck, but slipped to a ninth place finish at the inaugural Mudsummer Classic, because of being too loose in the latter stages of the race.
It was Blaney’s third time running against his son, Ryan, and the first in a NASCAR national series. Primary sponsor, Reese Towpower, along with a sold out gathering of fans at Eldora speedway came out to watch history be made.
The No. 19 BKR team now sits 10th in the NCWTS owner points standings, 75 points back from first.
“What a cool experience to share with my son. My team was awesome; we had a fast Reese Towpower F-150 all night, but just got too loose late in the going. I love coming out to Eldora and racing here, it’s a special place, but tonight was certainly one for the memory books. I really appreciate Brad Keselowski and Reese Towpower for giving me the opportunity to race for them.” – Dave Blaney
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his inaugural start at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday.
After qualifying and heat races concluded, determining where each driver would start in the lineup, Blaney was slated in the 23rd position as the 30 Truck field came to the green.
Blaney certainly had his work cut out for him starting near the rear, but he was able to manage through each of the three race segments to make up ground and better position him for the final run.
When the sixth and final caution fell on lap 148 for debris in turn four, it set up a green-white-checkered finish for the Cooper Standard team. Blaney was able to hold position and claim 15th in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Since Wednesday night marked the third time Blaney had raced his father, Dave, on a dirt track and the first time in a NASCAR national series race, proud sponsor of the No. 29 BKR F-150, Cooper Standard, came out to watch the action.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits eighth in the NCWTS driver points standings, 74 points back from first and just one point back from fifth.
“It was disappointing the way things fell out of our control with qualifying and ultimately putting us behind the eight ball early, but without overlooking the chance to race with my father in such a high profiled event, I’m happy we were able to gain from where we started the race. I am so proud of my team for all their hard work and I can’t wait for Pocono next week in my Cooper Standard Ford.” – Ryan Blaney