Fans, the “Day After” Discussion is out the window. I know, you’re sad. But it just didn’t seem to click with the fans the way I thought it might.
So I present to you, a new feature here at Stock Car Spin. Stock Car Shoutouts is a feature I plan to bring to you every Monday, highlighting solid performances by some of NASCAR’s lesser known drivers.
So without further ado, Stock Car Spin would like to give a few Stock Car Shoutouts to:
Dave Blaney: This has not been a year to remember for Dave Blaney. He was hired as a start-and-park driver for Phil Parsons’ MSRP Motorsports Sprint Cup car at the beginning of the year(the #66 for those of you unfamiliar with the team name). He had also run 3 Nationwide races for the same team before Friday night, 2 of which were start-and-park efforts. As a start-and-park driver, Blaney hadn’t really had a chance to “race” this year, until Friday night. Blaney drove the NEMCO Motorsports entry(owned by Joe Nemechek) in the Nationwide race, and did not disappoint. He had his best finish in the series since his lone win in 2006, which also came at Lowe’s. His third-place effort was NEMCO’s best effort of the year, as well.
Tony Raines: On the flip side, Tony Raines may be having the best year of his career. Raines has not had much success since joining NASCAR. But in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Raines has reeled off one top 5, which came at Talladega in April, and 3 top 10s. The latest of those top 10s came on Friday night at Lowe’s, where Raines finished 10th. But what’s more is that it was the team’s first top 10 on an intermediate track this season(the other came at Montreal), which shows that Front Row Motorsports team is stepping up its game. Raines has competed in every event this year for Front Row Motorsports, and currently sits a season-best 12th in points, less than 100 points out of the top 10.
David Reutimann: There’s something to be said about a guy who runs 334 laps while simultaneously battling the flu. There’s something more to be said about a guy who does all of that and finishes on the lead lap. In 15th place, no less. Yes, David Reutimann, who won the Coca-Cola 600 earlier this year at Lowe’s, did all of that at the same venue on Saturday night. Ziploc bags and all.