Getty Images In the Buckeye State, the Blaney racing family is as iconic as they come among figures in the dirt racing community. And later this year, a new chapter in their family history will be written as father and son duel on their home track in the Superstar Racing Experience.
On Monday, it was announced that NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Blaney and his father Dave Blaney will both compete in the final race of the 2022 SRX season at Sharon Speedway in Hartford Township, Ohio. The Blaney family is an integral part of the history of Sharon, as Lou Blaney was a driver at and part-owner of the speedway before his sons and grandsons followed him into racing.
Ryan Blaney will become the second active NASCAR Cup Series driver to race in SRX. Last year, Chase Elliott competed in and won the SRX season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
The SRX finale will mark the first time that Ryan Blaney and Dave Blaney have raced against each other at a professional level since a 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. Dave finished ninth and Ryan finished 15th in that race. The two had one opportunity to potentially race against each other in the NASCAR Cup Series, but Dave failed to qualify for Ryan’s Cup debut at Kansas in 2014.
A journeyman NASCAR driver from 1998 to 2014, Dave Blaney’s racing legend was built largely on the dirt tracks of Ohio, particularly Sharon. “The Buckeye Bullet” proved he still has it last year, making a dramatic last-lap pass on Sheldon Haudenschild to win the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at Sharon for his 95th career victory and his first in 23 years.
Ryan Blaney’s SRX debut and return to his family’s home racetrack will be aided by the relatively short distance between Sharon Speedway and his NASCAR Cup Series obligations. The SRX finale at Sharon will be on the same weekend at NASCAR’s trip to Pocono Raceway, but the two tracks are only 300 miles apart.