Dave Blaney Leads Practice on Night One of DIRTcar Nationals
Practice kicks off sprint week, Feb. 11 to 15, at Volusia Speedway Park in the midst of DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 10, 2015 – Dave Blaney kicked off sprint week at Volusia Speedway Park on Tuesday night as he took the top spot in DIRTcar Nationals sprint car open practice.
Blaney, the 1995 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, set the fast time in his Heinke Baldwin Racing car during the second hot laps session with a lap of 12.724 at more than 141 mph.
Taking the top spot is a confidence booster for the week, Blaney said.
“It’s always good to come out here and have some speed,” he said. “We didn’t start out very fast early on and we got it better and better, and got pretty happy with it. We’ll find out tomorrow.”
A total of 15 teams took part in the optional practice in the lead up to the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions events Wednesday and Thursday nights and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events Friday through Sunday.
Brad Sweet, who comes into the event as the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, was second fastest behind Blaney with a time of 12.822. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver found success at Volusia in 2014, winning the Outlaws season opener.
Racing returns to Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night when the All Stars and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds compete on the half-mile oval. Tickets are still available for DIRTcar Nationals at http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 1-877-395-8606. Watch and listen live to DIRTcar Nationals at http://www.DIRTVision.com.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series/UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions DIRTcar Nationals Sprint Car Practice Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 10, 2015
Practice Session #1 – 1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.846; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.857; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 12.865; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.905; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.910; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.972; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.045; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.070; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.098; 10. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.128; 11. 83-David Gravel, 13.138; 12. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.147; 13. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.185; 14. 63-Kody Swanson, 13.245; 15. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon, 13.297
Practice Session #2 – 1. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.724; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.822; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.831; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.842; 5. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.852; 6. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 12.875; 7. 83-David Gravel, 12.885; 8. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.916; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.969; 10. 4-Cody Darah, 12.973; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.045; 12. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.069; 13. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon, 13.096
Practice Session #3 – 1. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.819; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.843; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.889; 4. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 12.934; 5. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.978; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.991; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.992; 8. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.060; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.070; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.098; 11. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon, 13.348
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