Bad Economy Plays Into Some Drivers Hands, Dave Blaney Now Has Two Rides

Brandon CaldwellCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2010

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 25:  David Stremme (R), driver of the #26 Air Guard Chevrolet, talks with Dave Blaney, driver of the #66 PRISM Motorsports Toyota, on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 25, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Sometimes this sport can work in very mysterious ways. 

Dave Blaney's recent silly season proves that theory very true.

Blaney and former team PRISM Motorsports parted ways two weeks ago.

For the veteran Blaney, it was bittersweet. Since his departure from Bill Davis Racing at the end of the 2008 season, Dave has been running for PRISM.

It's been a start and park tenure. However, at the beginning of 2010, PRISM started a second team with driver Michael McDowell, and the #55 team. Team co-owner Phil Parsons stated that the 55 would fund Blaney's 66 team, and the 66 would start and park.

After missing the Daytona 500, the season did not go as planned for the 47 year old, Hartford, Ohio native. So after missing the race in Watkin's Glen, Blaney and PRISM parted ways.

Many people, including the 1995 World of Outlaws Series champion, himself thought that Blaney's career might have been over.

But before Bristol it was announced that he would drive the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in six of the remaining 14 races.

Baldwin had said that they would have the dollars to run those races. Blaney hasn't ran more than half the race since Las Vegas earlier in the year where his team finished 29th.

And then early Wednesday morning, as if the Baldwin deal wasn't enough, Blaney had said that he was flying to the Front Row Motorsports shop to finalize a deal that would put him in the #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford in the races he's not running for Baldwin.

Another team that runs, and for Blaney another extremely good deal. With PRISM over the last two seasons, all he has done is qualify. His qualifying is the best in the sport, and he's had an outstanding driving career. He's done a great job everywhere he has been minus RCR in 2005.

So teams that need to get in on time and run well are hiring Blaney, and just watch the heads he turns when he runs. I mean, if you remember the 2008 fall Talladega race, the first C.O.T. race there, watch Blaney, he nearly wins that race in the 22 Toyota. Something where when the economy is good, and sponsors are o'plenty, a kid would be hired to keep the sponsor on the car. 

I'm rooting for Dave Blaney, he's a fantastic guy and a very good driver, hopefully this sport can keep him around another few years, and keep a good guy in the sport, when so many of them are going by the way side.