January 9, 2014 — Courtesy of Lee Spencer, FOX Sports — Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports photo — DENVER, NC — Dave Blaney will enjoy a reunion of sorts when he gets to Daytona International Speedway on Thursday for Preseason Thunder.
Blaney is reviving the No. 77 Ford for Sprint Cup team owner Randy Humphrey. It’s expected to be a full-time ride for 2014. Blaney also raced a No. 77 Ford for Jasper Racing in 2002-2003. Veteran crew chief Peter Sospenzo will oversee the operation.
“We dealt with each other at Front Row (Motorsports),” Blaney said of the announcement. “I always liked him, but we never raced together before.
“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 Chevys. So we’re off to a good start.”
Blaney, 51, has 466 career Sprint Cup starts. His best Cup finish is third at Darlington (2003) and Talladega (2007, 2011). The Hartford, Ohio, native, affectionately known as the “Buckeye Bullet,” won the 1995 World of Outlaws title and the 1984 USAC Silver Crown championship. His only NASCAR win came in the 2006 fall Charlotte Nationwide Series race.