It’s Dave Blaney In Lou Blaney Memorial
HARTFORD, Ohio – Former World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney held off his brother Dale Blaney to win the 410 sprint-car portion of Wednesday’s Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway.
The elder son of the late Lou Blaney took charge on lap six from Caleb Helms and set a torrid pace in the 30-lap sprint-car feature to beat his brother Dale at the finish for the $5,000 victory – his first in six tries in the Memorial event.
“I guess it took me bringing a second car for Dale to finally win this,” said Dave Blaney. “This feels pretty good to win this race. I have to thank everyone for the support all of these years. It’s been a lot of fun. Nights like this make sprint car racing worthwhile. It gets frustrating sometimes as I’ve been doing this part-time and can’t seem to be able to do what I used to be able to do. I’m glad Dale was here in my car. That was really fun.”
From the outside pole, Helms took charge of the event from Caleb Griffith with Dave Blaney in third on the opening lap. Dale Blaney started sixth and was fifth after one lap then passed Cole Duncan for fourth on lap three. Helms caught lapped traffic on lap five while Dave Blaney began to challenge Griffith for second. Dave made the pass with an inside move in turn four on lap five then quickly caught leader Helms and made the winning move racing off the bottom of turn four one lap later.
Griffith began to challenge Helms for second on lap seven and finally worked his way by two laps later in traffic with the help of the lapped car of Dennis Wagner. Dale Blaney meanwhile continued his way forward as he caught Helms and made the pass on lap 11 to grab third. Dale looked strong as he ran down Griffith and appeared ready to make the pass when the first caution was displayed for C.J. Jones with 15 laps scored. The caution erased a 4.208 second lead by Dave Blaney.