Blaney father-son combo set for Kansas Cup action
May 06, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
Ryan Blaney, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, will attempt to make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend when the series travels to Kansas Speedway for Saturday’s 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Blaney is entered in the Team Penske No. 12 Ford, with Greg Erwin listed as the crew chief. It is the same group that will field the entry for Juan Pablo Montoya later this year at Michigan and Indianapolis in a two-race effort with the organization.
Team Penske fields two full-time teams in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series –- the No. 2 of 2012 champion Brad Keselowski and the No. 22 of Joey Logano. Logano has a pair of victories this year while Keselowski has one win.
Should both Blaneys qualify for the race, it would be the first time a father and son have competed in the same Cup race since Bobby Hamilton and Bobby Hamilton Jr. started the 2005 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney has made four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts for Team Penske this year in the No. 22 Ford, earning three top-10s and a best finish of fourth at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He is scheduled to run the full season for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the Camping World Truck Series, where he captured Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. With sixth- and fifth-place finishes in this year’s two Truck events, Blaney enters this weekend’s stop, the SFP 250 scheduled for Friday night at Kansas, third in points.
Dave Blaney, a former World of Outlaws champion, has qualified for two races this season while driving for team owner Randy Humphrey in the No. 77 Ford. The team has missed making the 43-car field for six races while withdrawing from two others.
With only 44 Sprint Cup teams on the entry list for Kansas, if the younger Blaney should qualify for the race, it could be at the expense of his father and the No. 77 team, which is 47th in owner points.