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Former NASCAR Driver Dave Blaney Hospitalized After Sprint Car Crash


Former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, father of Sprint Cup rookie Ryan Blaney, was transported to an Ohio hospital Friday night after crashing during qualifying for a race at Eldora Speedway, a track spokesperson told reported Friday night.

Blaney was competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the half-mile dirt track owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart for Motter Motorsports.

Blaney hit the Turn 1 wall and flipped multiple times before the car landed in Turn 2. He was taken by ground to a local hospital and was awake and alert, according to a track spokesperson. A LifeFlight helicopter was on site but wasn’t needed to transport Blaney to a local hospital.

Family members later took to Twitter to confirm his condition.


Dave Blaney drove sprint cars before moving to NASCAR. Blaney won the 1995 World of Outlaws championship and was named that year’s sprint car driver of the year. He won the Knoxville Nationals, the Historical Big One and the King’s Royal in 1995. He was series runner-up in the World of Outlaws in 1993, ’94, ’96 and ’97.


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