Heading into Saturday night’s race at Bristol, Bill Davis Racing entry Dave Blaney was on a bit of roll.
Blaney’s only top-10 finishes of the season have come in the past four races, with a ninth-place finish last month at Indianapolis and a season-best sixth earlier this week at Michigan. That surge helped Blaney move into the top 35 in car owner points, meaning he was guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol.
It’s the first time the No. 22 Toyota has been in the top 34 since the season-opening Daytona 500. Teams outside the top 35 in owner points must rely on qualifying times to make the race.
“It’s a big relief to get into the top 35, but you have to enjoy a nice run like (Michigan) even more than that,” Blaney said after his strong showing at Michigan.
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“When you can run like that, you’re not going to be out of the top 35 very long.”