CONCORD, N.C. — Six-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Dale Blaney has landed a ride with Chase Briscoe Racing to compete in the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am Nov. 1-3 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Blaney has only run in a handful of races this season, after undergoing surgery on his hand for a work-related injury. He was originally scheduled to drive roughly 40 races for Bill Coomer Motorsports.
Briscoe posted on Twitter Monday afternoon that his car was still open for the two-day weekend, asking for fan input in selecting a driver. By the end of the day, Briscoe had received a text message from Blaney and the deal was complete.
“We hadn’t decided on Dale until just the first of this week, to be honest with you,” said Briscoe. “I had called a couple of other people and they either already had a ride or were bringing their own cars. It was starting to get to the point where … being a week and a half away, I was worried that there wouldn’t be anybody good left to grab, so I put it out on social media to see what other people thought.
“Dale and I had talked before the season started about running the winged car quite a bit and then he had surgery on his hand, so he didn’t get to race very much, and it never worked out to where he could run my car,” Briscoe continued. “In full disclosure, I still thought he wasn’t able to race … but people kept Tweeting at us and then Dale finally texted me and said, ‘Hey, if you still need a driver, I’m available.’ It just all worked out the way it needed to and now, here we are, ready for Charlotte.”
USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Series Logan Seavey, who drove for Briscoe at Charlotte in May during the Outlaw Showdown, was not available for the World Finals due to prior racing obligations, opening the door for Blaney to return in a top-flight ride.
Briscoe noted that the combination of his team and Blaney is one that he’s eager to see hit the race track next weekend, given Blaney’s vast sprint car experience and his prior speed at Charlotte.
“This is definitely big for me as a team owner, especially on the winged side of things … because we don’t run that car as much and when we do, it’s definitely a learning process because you’re racing against guys that do that type of racing so often,” said Briscoe. “We’ve had (Christopher) Bell in our car quite a bit and I’ve run it some, but neither of us are necessarily smart when it comes to setup stuff … whereas Dale’s kind of done it all and knows what feel he likes and how to get the car where he wants is.
“I think that’s a big part of what he brings to these races he’ll run with us, is experience and the ability to tell us where our stuff is really at,” he added. “It’s not that Bell can’t, but Dale has done it for so long that he has more of that experience and application. It’s exciting because he knows so much about the cars and how to make them go fast, so we’re really looking forward to it.”
Though Blaney was the unrivaled kingpin of the All Star sprint car field until a couple of years ago, he only made one start with that series this season due to his injury and subsequent surgery.
However, Blaney extended his streak of winning at least one 410 sprint car feature per season to 29 straight years with a victory at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway on Aug. 11 in the Jimmy Morris-owned No. 4n machine.
That kind of a pedigree has Briscoe optimistic that Blaney can contend for a World Finals triumph.
“It wasn’t that long ago that it seemed like ‘The Low Rider’ couldn’t be beat, so we’re excited to work with him,” said Briscoe of Blaney. “We’re curious and excited to see how he does at Charlotte and hopeful of making some magic as a group.”