Disappointment in the Desert for Dave Blaney and SANY America
Date: March 3, 2013
Event: Subway Fresh Fit 500k (Race 2 of 36)
Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Point Standing: 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, 52 behind leader Jimmie Johnson
The debut of SANY America ended with disappointment for Dave Blaney after contact early in the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Blaney and the No. 7 SANY America Chevy SS kept digging after making repairs and brought home a 33rd place finish.
After qualifying in the 26th position, Blaney and Crew Chief/Team Owner Tommy Baldwin worked to dial in the car as they were fighting a loose handling condition. Blaney ran as high as 18th during the course of the race before contact with the No. 30 car caused him to head to the garage for repairs. The TBR team made repairs in short order, and he finished the race in 33rd and 10 laps down.
“I’m disappointed we got crashed so early into the race,” Blaney said. “Having SANY America on board and this being their first race with TBR, I really wanted to get them a solid finish, but some things are out of our control. We’ll take this and move on to Las Vegas with SANY America back on board.”
“It was a shame we sustained damage so early in the race,” said Baldwin, “We had the car really fast during practice and were making great progress during the race. Although we didn’t get the result we had hoped for, we’re encouraged as a team that we’re headed in the right direction. SANY America and our other sponsors have really allowed us to continue to upgrade our program — so we feel really good about that. I’m confident that we’ll be dealt a really good hand in Vegas this weekend.”