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Blaney with RCR until end of year
LONG POND, Pa. -- -- Barring unforeseen changes, Dave Blaney will drive Richard Childress Racing's No. 30 Chevrolet for the rest of the 2004 Nextel Cup season, Childress said Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
"We wanted to get somebody in here to get this car stable and to get this team running, week in and week out," Childress said. "Right now we've pretty much got Dave for the rest of the year."
Rookie Johnny Sauter started the year in the No. 30 car, which has struggled through the last couple seasons with several drivers.
It was at Pocono Raceway in June that Childress put Blaney in the car for what he called a seven-race tryout.
Childress said he didn't need that long to make the decision, as the car has run better with Blaney than it consistently has, with some crazy bits of racing luck hurting it.
"He has run about as good as this car has ever run," Childress said. "Last time here he was running really, really well and we broke a (suspension) chain, which we've never done -- and last week the ignition came unplugged and we don't know why.
"He was running eighth and got in a wreck at Chicagoland so we've been there, we just haven't been able to get it all done."
Quarterley gets look, consideration
Childress' decision to maintain Blaney in his third car put a conversation at New Hampshire between Childress and Busch North Series driver Dale Quarterley on hold.
After Childress decided to use Blaney in the No. 30 in June, he ran West Coast NASCAR Touring Division driver Jim Inglebright at the Infineon Raceway road course.
Quarterley, who became the latest of eight Busch North drivers to win races on a speedway, short track and road course, was seeking a Nextel Cup road course opportunity when he visited Childress.
"Dale is somebody we would definitely have wanted to give a shot to, if we weren't going to keep Dave in the car," Childress said. "I've been impressed with what's he's been able to get done."
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