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  • Switches to #98:

    been told the team will switch from #46 [after merging with the #66 HP Racing team, and run the #98 Ford in 2012 with McDowell driving. Parsons and Dustin Whitney will be the owners, using the #56 owners points.(2-2-2012)

  • see current news about the former #66 team, now #98 team on the #98 News and Links page

  • McDowell to announce 2012 plans soon: UPDATES: Add Michael McDowell to the list of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers planning to moonlight in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The current entry list shows Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya and AJ Allmendinger in Daytona Prototypes and Michael Waltrip in a GT-class Ferrari. McDowell was introduced as one of the drivers for Michael Shank Racing's #6 Ford Riley DP. "I'm grateful I can do both NASCAR and run the Rolex 24," McDowell said. "It is a fun race. It's one race and a big race. It's exciting to get back behind the wheel of a DP car. I grew up road racing. To come back road racing is a lot of fun. It's a refresher, too. It reminds me where I came from and how it used to be for me. It's cool." McDowell said he's getting close to making an announcement about a full-time Sprint Cup ride in a few weeks. "I am going to switch manufacturers and I got a new partner onboard, too," he said. "We'll be talking about that soon. I will also be in the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide car for a handful of races. I'm excited about that."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-10-2012)
    UPDATE: McDowell says he'll be back in the #18 car in 2012 for five Nationwide races with plans for him to race at Road America, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Iowa twice. On the Sprint Cup side, McDowell says he'll be back full-time with Phil Parsons Racing (formerly HP Racing). He isn't sure what number he'll have this year, but he does know that they are making a change to Ford this coming season, powered by Roush-Yates engines. And they have found enough sponsorship to race the first five races of the season, rather than resorting to a start and park situation.(Yahoo Sports)(1-19-2012)
    UPDATE 2: According to the #46-Whitney Motorsports facebook page, "Whitney Motorsports has joined forces with Phil Parsons Racing to field a Sprint Cup car for Michael McDowell, we are remaining with Ford and are hoping for a great season and some sponsorship to join us here in 2012."(1-21-2012)

  • #66 team crew member suspended: Charles Day, a crew member for the #66 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. Day was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR)(11-3-2011)
    UPDATE: "Regarding the suspension of crew member Charles Day, HP RACING has zero tolerance with crew members failing on NASCAR drug tests. As a result, the crew member is no longer with the team. We fully support NASCAR's substance abuse program."(HP Racing)(11-4-2011)

  • Special scheme for McDowell on the #66: The #66 HP Racing Toyota that Michael McDowell drives, will carry the James Fund colors at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Family Christian Stores, through The James Fund, partners with its customers in a shared mission: Reaching out to orphans and widows. In addition, The James Fund provides adoption assistance to partner agencies as well as hands-on orphan care and quality of life initiatives that make differences in the lives of orphans and widows. More info at The James Fund. See an image of the car on my #66 Team Schemes page.(9-3-2011)

  • McDowell settles suit over go-kart track: The owners of a more than century-old farm have given up their legal fight against NASCAR driver Michael McDowell's planned go-kart track off Mazeppa Road, after McDowell's DryLake Entertainment LLC agreed to pay them $14,000 to settle the case, court records show. Linda Overcash said she and other landowners who filed the lawsuit against DryLake and the town of Mooresville last year couldn't afford the $20,000 in lawyer fees to continue the case before the N.C. Court of Appeals. Iredell County Superior Court Judge Charles Lamm ruled against the landowners in March, saying the town's decision to grant DryLake a conditional use permit allowing the track to open wasn't "arbitrary or capricious" and contained no errors of law. Lamm also ruled that landowners failed to present evidence that they'll suffer damages because of the town's decision. McDowell is partnering with ARCA driver Justin Marks on their 31.68-acre Mooresville Motorplex project in the town's Mazeppa Road Park. Their company paid the town $821,431 for the property, which is at the far end of the park. McDowell and Marks agreed to certain conditions before the board's 2010 vote, including that they will limit use of the track to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.(Charlotte Observer)(6-28-2011)

  • Edwards and McDowell doing double duty: Carl Edwards will leave his #60 Nationwide Mustang to Roush performance Continental Tire Challenge Series driver Billy Johnson on Friday for all its Road America practice, while Edwards practices and qualifies his #99 at Infineon Raceway. Edwards' Cup car will sit silent on Saturday and he's told his team no one else can drive it while he goes to Wisconsin for his qualifying, sponsor appearances and the Bucyrus 200. Michael McDowell will first go to Road America for the opportunity to win the Nationwide race driving JGR's #18 typically wielded by Kyle Busch. While he's there, Cup owner Phil Parsons said K&N Pro Series West driver David Mayhew -- who's had some opportunities with Kevin Harvick Inc., will practice and qualify Parsons' #66, which McDowell will race on Sunday.(NASCAR.com)(6-24-2011)

  • Drivers test at Infineon: Sprint Cup Series drivers #00-David Reutimann, #6-David Ragan, #71-Andy Lally and #66-Michael McDowell, as well as West Series driver and Hayward native Jessica Brunelli, completed a one-day test session at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-26. Reutimann completed approximately 50 laps around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Reutimann will compete in his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway next weekend. He posted a best finish of 20th in 2010. Reutimann was joined at the test session by Lally, who will race the #71 entry for Petaluma-based TRG Motorsports. Lally, who has competed in Sonoma in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Series, will make his first Toyota/Save Mart 350 attempt. All four Sprint Cup Series drivers piloted late-model stock cars provided by a Northern California-based race team.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-15-2011)

  • K Love featured on the #66: K Love is featured on the hood and quarter panels of the #66 HP Racing Toyota driven by Michaell McDowell. K Love communicates the Gospel through mass media, such as their website and radio. See an image of the car on the #66 Team Schemes page.(4-29-2011)

  • McDowell's looking to adopt: #66-Michael McDowell and his wife Jami hope that within the next 18 months their family will expand with a child (or more) from Honduras. The couple has a son, 2-year-old Trace. They were seeking to adopt a child from Ethiopia but changes in that country have slowed the process and an opportunity to adopt a child from Honduras arose and they are pursuing that. "Adoption really wasn't on our minds maybe two years ago, (but) once we saw the need, we almost felt like it would almost be wrong of us to have our own child  that's how convicted we were, not to say that anybody shouldn't have a child,'' McDowell said. "We just felt so strongly about it, it was what we were supposed to do and we've been working on it ever since.'' McDowell, who is 26 years old, said he hopes to "help bring awareness, even maybe to our community, of how a great a need there is. See full story, quotes and more at the Virginian Pilot.(4-3-2011)

  • #66 returns in 2011, renamed HP Racing, goes part time: HP Racing, LLC, a renamed entity [formerly PRISM Motorsports] formed by owners Randy Humphrey and Phil Parsons is pleased to announce the formation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team HP Racing (HP). Debuting in 2011 HP is set to compete with the #66 Toyota Camry with driver Michael McDowell at the controls. McDowell qualified for 17 Sprint Cup Series races in 2010 driving for PRISM Motorsports, including the Daytona 500 in February. After moving into a spacious shop at the JTG Racing facility in Harrisburg, North Carolina, the team is currently expanding its fleet of Sprint Cup Series cars and upgrading equipment. The crew chief will be Gene Nead and is slated to run the Daytona 500. "It is great to reunite with Randy and Phil at HP. The new shop and equipment will help us develop partnerships to grow this race team and help us push into the next level of competition," McDowell expressed. "I have had great success with Gene Nead in the past and feel confident we can qualify and run competitively in the races we attempt."
    Aside from Daytona, HP intends to compete in select races, including events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International, with others to be named at a later date. HP is actively seeking sponsorship to fund the remaining races on the Sprint Cup Series Schedule and is positioning itself as a viable race team for partnership with organizations looking to break into the racing industry. "HP is a reinvention of our race team that has been operating for a couple years. We're still the same people, but we see this as a tremendous opportunity to compete on a more consistent basis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Co-Owner Phil Parsons.
    "We really feel like we've elevated our program and we're thrilled about the team we've put together. It's an exciting time for us and we're thankful to be able to reunite Gene Nead and Michael McDowell. We have all the elements in place to succeed, and with sponsorship we'll be able to race competitively on a consistent basis," Co-Owner Randy Humphrey commented.(HP Racing PR)(1-19-2011)

  • Prism Motorsports to shut down operations UPDATE maybe not? Prism Motorsports, owned by Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey, that field the #66 Toyota [all the races] and the #55 Toyota [34 races], will shut down operations after the race in Homestead. The team is only running one car, the #66 at Homestead, with Mike Bliss as the driver. Crew chief Zach McGowan and the crew members are looking for oppurtunities in 2011.(11-18-2010)
    UPDATE: Team owner Randy Humphrey says Prism Motorsports is not closing and are working on their 2011 plans.(11-20-2010)

  • Blaney to run for two teams: Dave Blaney thought his NASCAR Sprint Series racing was done for the year when he quit his association with Prism Motorsports [#66/#55 Toyota's] before the Michigan race Aug. 15, but the crankshaft gods had other plans. Blaney didn't skip a beat as he joined two racing teams to finish out the remaining 12 dates on the 2010 schedule. "I guess I just got to the point where I thought I wasn't going anywhere," Blaney said on Tuesday, a few weeks after parting ways with Prism. "It finally wore me down. I was going to be OK being done and not going back to any races this year, but then drivers started moving around a little and a couple seats opened up. So, I'll finish out most of the year and see what happens." Just when Blaney thought he'd use the down time watching the racing career of his son, Ryan, Dave got a call from Tommy Baldwin of Tommy Baldwin Racing. "We tried to run Bristol [Aug. 21], but didn't make the race, but, between Baldwin and the 38 [or 34 & 37] of Front Row Motorsports  those two cars  I'll probably run the majority of the races left." As Blaney spoke, he was en route to Statesville, N.C. to finalize his plans with the Front Row team that will run Dave in six races. He'll run five or six others in Baldwin's #36. "I'll jump back and forth between the two teams," Blaney said of his latest arrangement. While FRM races every week (no start-and-park gimmick), Baldwin's will be a mix. "I might get to race [full distance] the majority of them [the 12]. I don't know for sure, but looks like I'll, at least, have something else to go run. That may lead to something down the road or maybe not." The Front Row seat opened on Aug. 13 when Kevin Conway and the #34 lost its ExtenZe Racing sponsorship. "It sounds like I'm going to run six races and Tony Raines will run the other six," Blaney said of his schedule split with Front Row. With Baldwin, Blaney assumes the seat vacated when Baldwin lost Casey Mears, who jumped in the #13 car that Max Papis was in. "I got a couple chances to jump in here and there," Blaney said. Of Blaney's newest teams, Front Row is the better funded, running three cars fulltime. "Most weeks, either Long John Silver's or Taco Bell is on the #38," Blaney said. Sponsors for Baldwin aren't as steady. Front Row's other two teams are the 34 of Travis Kvapil and the #37 of Dave Gilliland.(Vindicator), no word which races for which team yet.(8-25-2010)

  • Riggs driving for PRISM Motorsports at Michigan: Scott Riggs will make his PRISM Motorsports debut driving the #66 Toyota in the August 15 Carfax 400 at Michigan. "Scott clearly has an impressive racing resume and we are excited to bring a driver with his experience to PRISM Motorsports," said Phil Parsons, who serves as a co-owner of the team, along with Randy Humphrey. "Dave Blaney has been instrumental in getting our team started and to this point in the 2010 race season, so we are thankful to him and wish him the best in his future endeavors."(PRISM PR)(8-13-2010)

  • Blaney, McDowell swap rides at Phoenix: This weekend at Phoenix Dave Blaney has moved over to the #55 Prism Motorsports Toyota, swapping seats with Michael McDowell, who will be in the #66. SPEED reported that Blaney was moved to the #55 in preparation for Michael Waltrip's race in the car at Talladega. Blaney usually runs more laps that McDowell and that will enable the team to focus more on the performance of the #55. It was not mentioned if they will swap cars again next weekend at Texas.(4-10-2010)

  • #66 team scrambles to get Vegas car ready: NASCAR cut Prism Motorsports a break when it adjusted its post-race inspection procedure after last weekend's Fontana race to enable Phil Parsons' impounded "random post-race inspection" car -- the #66 Toyota driven by Dave Blaney -- to be checked Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway rather than taking the car back to NASCAR's R&D facility in Concord, N.C. "They really went out of their way to help us by sending their guys in [Thursday] to start the inspection process -- they didn't have to do it," Parsons said with a relieved wave of his hand. "I really appreciate them working with us and doing that. I understand being the random [car]. We may have overachieved at [Fontana] by qualifying fifth -- I don't know if we expected it, never mind anyone else. But I've been in this thing my whole life and all we ever ask is a level playing field. And [NASCAR] does all they can to ensure it's a level playing field -- they're the umpires. We know we have to qualify into the field on time, just like the other nine cars that are here, and if they need to make sure the playing field is level for anybody, it's those 10 [go-or-go-home cars]."
    "Following last Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway, as we do after each NASCAR Cup Series race weekend, we impounded two cars -- the race winner and a random selection," said Kerry Tharp, NASCAR director of communications, competition. "The #48 car was the race winner and the #66 car was the random selection. Due to West Coast travel and logistics, we [inspected] the 66 car prior to practice at Las Vegas. The 48 car will come back to the R&D Center and be inspected early next week."
    In a tough economic climate, Prism is short-staffed and financially challenged. While the team proved its mettle in 2009 by sending a car to every event, with its last-minute decision to field two cars this season, Prism only has two complete cars -- one for each team -- with a mostly-complete backup on each hauler. While trying to accrue enough sponsorship backing to be able to afford to race complete events, Prism does a "start and park" strategy to offset the sizeable expense of traveling to and attempting to qualify for Cup races.
    "We really appreciate all the hard work by all our guys this week," Parsons said. "It was a great job [Friday] by all of them." But Parsons wouldn't short sell what NASCAR and its inspectors had done, along with engine builder Terry Elledge from Pro Motor, Mark Smith's partner who Parsons said was the head of the company's Toyota program, turned around a complete backup engine for Blaney's car, plus a carburetor and intake manifold that were intended as the former backup engine's primary pieces, which weren't needed when NASCAR bent over backwards. "NASCAR actually came in here [Thursday] and let us take the engine out of the [Fontana] car so it could be inspected, and let us take some of the pieces that we needed to put in the backup car -- so they did us a favor," Parsons said. "They actually came in early to do that, they unloaded it and we took the motor out so they could inspect it. They finished it [Friday], doing the body, the rear end housing and the rest of it. If we'd have been on the East Coast, all this would have been done at the R&D Center on the Tuesday after the race."
    The newly-assembled "Vegas primary" was in the inspection line at Las Vegas on time Friday morning and went out for the first of its 10 laps in pre-qualifying practice about 15 minutes into the 90-minute practice.(in part from NASCAR.com)(2-28-2010)

  • NASCAR confiscates the #66 car: watching start-and-parkers? UPDATE: When Dave Blaney headed to the garage in his #66 Prism Motorsports Toyota after 43 laps [at Auto Club Speedway], NASCAR officials were waiting. Three laps earlier, #55-Michael McDowell drove the other Prism Motorsports car to the garage. The final race report concluded that both cars had engine failures. So why did the sanctioning body confiscate the #66 car? "Because they can," said Bill Henderson, crew chief of the #66 team and general manager for Prism Motorsports.
    Henderson, who has just two cars for the team, was told the car will not be returned until next Saturday  long after qualifying is over. However, the primary car has the basics of racing  swaybar, shocks and springs  that the team simply can't afford to duplicate on the backup car. Without those necessities, Henderson will not be able to race. Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said he hopes to perform the inspection at Las Vegas in order to return the car to the team in a timely fashion, but that's hardly a guarantee.
    Which begs the question: Is NASCAR attempting to send the message to "start and park" teams  those that enter a race primarily to collect a check and don't always try to finish  not to stink up their show? Prism Motorsports wasn't the only team that ended their day prematurely Sunday at Fontana.
    Joe Nemechek initially parked his car on Lap 27 then mysteriously returned to the track a short time later and ran an additional 27 laps before a "rear gear" failed. Boris Said also went into the garage early, came back out, and then disappeared. Even Aric Almirola, who was driving the #09 Phoenix Racing entry that won at Talladega last year, ended up in the garage after 34 laps with an engine failure.
    "It's one thing to try to race each week," said the manager of a team that generally finishes among the 40-somethings who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "But I think doing two (teams) to get a check isn't going to sit very well with NASCAR." Prism Motorsports pocketed $160,070 for Sunday's combined effort of 83 laps. #17-Matt Kenseth, who finished seventh, ran the full 500 miles and earned a $161,696 pay day.
    Darby said choosing the #66 Toyota as "the random" car was part of "the normal inspection procedure. That particular car stood out given that Blaney qualified fifth and led three laps. "The 'randomness' of inspection covers everyone in the field," Darby said. "The 66 was a car that was very competitive. Yes, he was outside of the top 35, but he was the fastest of the group. He was fifth overall qualifying and he led the race today. We've got to make sure that as we fulfill our responsibility to our competitors to make sure that everyone is playing with the same rulebook and adhering to the same rules  and that means everybody. That car deserves a look at to make sure it's up to start." Darby said the sanctioning body cannot try to "outguess the teams" to determine who the start-and-park cars are every weekend.(FoxSports)(2-22-2010)
    UPDATE: Phil Parsons didn't take it personally or consider it a message to start-and-park teams when NASCAR impounded the #66 driven by Dave Blaney following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway. He took it as a compliment. Had Blaney not qualified fifth, led three laps and run in the top 10 for a while before parking 43 laps into the 250-lap event, Parsons doesn't believe the car would have been a random selection for a full teardown. "If I am them and they are me and they qualified fifth, I may want a little extra look at that car,'' said Parsons, the owner of Prism Motorsports that fields the #66 and #55 of Michael McDowell. "We're fairly new and haven't been around that much. There aren't many relatively new teams that are able to do stuff like that. We may be a victim of our own success.'' Some might question success. Both Prism cars parked early Sunday, saving the engines and other parts for this week's race at Las Vegas. Like it or not, that's the business model some owners have to follow until the economy lightens its grip around the sport. Parsons understands it could gives owners like him a bad name. He also understands that he's doing everything he can to stay in the sport. "We try to race when we have money to race,'' said Parsons, who formed an alliance just before the season to get cars from Michael Waltrip Racing. "We raced Daytona the week before and [McDowell] broke a drive shaft with five laps to go. We're out there in the market place. It's just been very difficult to raise money.'' Bottom line, when the cars are sponsored Parsons will race them. When they are not he'll likely park them unless he's made enough money from days like Sunday to take a chance. "The economics of the thing, the additional cost for an engine, to use the engine for all 500 miles and the amount of tires that it takes to run the rest of the race ... it could be astronomical,'' Parsons said. "We're all racers. I know how hard it is for Dave. But we also want to race next week. We have to try to be smart and do what we can with what we have. I'm trying to build this thing. Hopefully, deals like Dave Blaney qualifying fifth opens some eyes.'' There are some who believe Parsons is throwing the whole start-and-park philosophy in NASCAR's face by doing it with two cars, and that NASCAR tossed it back by impounding the 66. That means Blaney, who only had two cars to start with, will have to qualify his backup at Las Vegas unless NASCAR is able to complete its inspection in Vegas in time. That likely won't happen. What makes this difficult on the 66 team is the backup won't be nearly as equal to the primary as might be the case on large, well-established teams.(in part from ESPN)(2-22-2010)

  • Prism Motorsports Announces 2010 plans: The Daytona 500 weekend will mark a historic weekend for PRISM Motorsports. For the first time in the team's history, they will enter two cars for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Dave Blaney will return to the track in the #66 Toyota, and the #55 PRISM Motorsports Toyota will make its debut with Michael McDowell behind the wheel. The team is actively pursuing sponsorship opportunities, and will compete full-time with two cars throughout the entire 2010 season. "We have a tremendous relationship and alliance with MWR that allowed us to purchase the cars and equipment we needed to grow our program," said Phil Parsons, co-owner of PRISM Motorsports. "Randy [Humphrey] and I believe the economies of scale of running two cars are very beneficial for our program and will help us have continued success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, to continue to race competitively throughout the season, we need to find a quality sponsor that can help drive the success of PRISM Motorsports. Randy and I are extremely excited to have a driver of Michael McDowell's caliber joining Dave Blaney, and we are excited about continuing our technical alliance with MWR. We believe that we have the right programs and staff in place to lead PRISM Motorsports to success in the Sprint Cup Series."(PRISM Motorsports)(2-10-2010)

  • McDowell to run full season UPDATE: per Michael McDowell's Facebook page - Michael McDowell has signed with Prism Motorsports to run full time in the Sprint Cup Series in the #55 car. It was posted recently that Dave Blaney would return to Prism Motorsports to run the #66 car full-time in 2010 and McDowell would run some races in a 2nd car. The #66 Prism Motorsports team attempted all 36 Sprint Cup Series races in 2010, with Terry Labonte in the Daytona 500, Blaney in 34 races and McDowell at Talladega in April when Blaney had a family obligation. No word on a sponsor or crew chief.(2-1-2010)
    UPDATE: Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey's Prism Motorsports, which kicked off 2009 with a guaranteed start in the Daytona 500 and ran a single Toyota for the full schedule, will attempt to run two cars all season in 2010. Parsons confirmed Tuesday that Prism had entered a #55 Toyota for Michael McDowell, with debuting Cup crew chief Zach McGowan and a #66 Toyota for veteran Dave Blaney, again with Bill Henderson leading the crew. "We're going to race those things in," Parsons said. "We have our same alliance with MWR [Michael Waltrip Racing] that we did last year. We're going to attempt every race. We've been talking about the second car, and we solidified it in the last few weeks [because] if you're going to go anywhere and take a shot at getting in, that's the one to do it because the rewards are so great. We really don't have any sponsorship. We thought we were really close to having something for Dave for [Speedweeks], and it turned out they went a different direction at the 11th hour. We're still actively pursuing everything we can pursue; we have some good conversations going, but nothing imminent." Engines will be supplied by Pro Motor, built by Mark Smith and Terry Elledge, the father of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing crew chief Jimmy Elledge and a Parsons associate for 30 years.(NASCAR.com)(2-3-2010)

  • Blaney back with Prism, McDowell too: Dave Blaney will remain driver of the #66 Toyota with the Prism Motorsports team owned by Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey even though he was a start and park driver in 29 of his 30 races for the team in 2009. The teamt is adding a second car to be driven by Michael McDowell, Parsons said Friday as he and Humphrey try to find an economic model that will allow Blaney to race this year. "Dave is our guy," Parsons said. "We didn't want to be a start and park last year. But we're trying to build something for the future and that's what we had to do to survive without sponsorship. We want to race this year. We're talking to people about sponsorship but don't have anything yet. We hope to have the money from the outside that will let Dave race. But if we don't, we want to be able to do it ourselves. And having the second car is part of that." Blaney said he talked to some other teams. "I talked to a couple of other small teams like Phil but this turned to be the best," Blaney said. "Phil's trying to get something established and they are heading in the right direction." He said that he inquired about the [#49] BAM Racing ride and had not taken a look into an opportunity with Vermont businessman Bill Jenkins, who has purchased Roush Fenway Racing's #26 team. "I talked to the BAM people at Homestead in November but I never heard anything from them, so I don't know what they are doing," Blaney said. "I don't know anything about that new team but I would imagine that will go to one of the drivers associated with Roush." Parsons said that no matter the circumstances, Blaney will race the full distance in the Daytona 500 if he qualifies. "Daytona pays enough purse that you can afford to race," Parsons said. "We've got to concentrate on going down there and racing our way in."(High Point Enterprise)(1-18-2010)

  • Blaney's plans up in the air for 2010, Prism not returning? a few weeks old, but lack of money continues to be the bane for Dave Blaney, who sputtered through the 2009 Sprint Cup season with an under-funded #66 Prism Motorsports team. For the past 11 months, the Hartford native started in 30 of the season's 36 races [Blaney attempted 34 of the races in the #66 Toyota, Terry Labonte ran the Daytona 500 and McDowell attempted Talladega in April] and handled the start-and-park gimmick as best he could to earn $2,343,060. At age 47, Blaney isn't ready to put the brakes on his career, but he's looking less like a NASCAR driver and more like a NASCAR dad everyday. "In Sprint Cup, especially, there's not going to be any really good opportunities down the road," said Blaney. "I'm old enough where it's just not going to happen. So, we'll run what we can and see what happens. But Ryan's got a future, possibly, in racing, so we'll see if we can help him and see how it goes," Blaney said of his son, who most recently ran stock cars in North Carolina this past summer and ran well. Ryan Blaney turns 16 at the end of December and the likelihood of Dave grooming the son instead of pushing himself is real. "At the moment, I'm trying to help Ryan get going more than I'm worried more about my stuff, honestly, so I'll do what I can do to help him first, then worry about me. From what I've seen of Ryan so far in the past few years, I think the sky's the limit, potential-wise." Although two months remain before the Sprint Cup's 2010 season kicks off, Dave Blaney sees little movement in potential rides for himself. "There's not much there, not much going on," Blaney said, chuckling after being asked about the new season. "I don't have anything other than the same stuff I was doing in 2009  the start and park thing." He rode for Prism Motorsports in 2009, but, although Prism still exists, it doesn't have a budget for fulltime racing. He said there are some other opportunities, but nothing better. "I thought I was close to a 6-8 race schedule with one of those [Nationwide] teams, but that's still up on the air as well," Blaney said. "I'd run any of the series  trucks, Nationwide  whatever could be put together if it's a pretty competitive team. It would all be fun to do, but there's no sponsorship right now anywhere, so all the teams are struggling to stay alive." Blaney insists that he'll be racing in some form in 2010, even if it's a smorgasbord.(in part from The Vindicator)(1-10-2010)

  • Blaney upbeat about future: #66-Dave Blaney's NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been tumultuous, so to speak. The Hartford native, who drives for Prism Motorsports, has competed in 15 of the 18 Cup races. He has a completion percentage of 16.9 percent, starts with an average of 32.2 and finishes with an average of 40.7. He's accumulated $1,161,200 in winnings heading into this weekend's race in Chicago. "In my case, all you can do is stay in the car, stay at the racetrack and do all you can do," Blaney said prior to Tuesday's Lou Blaney Memorial Classic. "The first few weeks, it was a really hard thing to do. You kind of resign yourself to that's what it is." Blaney finished only one race this season, the Coca-Cola 600. In the other races, Blaney and his team dealt with "star and park" status, in which some drivers finish early to preserve their cars at the first sign of mechanical problems, such as vibration or transmission, because they are unable to pit for repairs. It's a matter of economics. "Hopefully, an opportunity comes along in either of the other series or in the Cup series or my team gathers a little sponsorship along the way and it starts building up," Blaney said. "It's hard thing, but at the moment, it was the best option."(Warren Tribune Chronicle)(7-9-2009)

  • McDowell replaces Blaney UPDATE: the updated entry list for the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway shows Michael McDowell now driving the #66 Prism Motorsports Toyota for owner Phil Parsons and not Dave Blaney, who has ran six races for the team in 2009. No word if this is a permanent move or just for Talladega. See my Talladega Entry page. McDowell ran in 20 Sprint Cup races in the #00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2008 with a best finish of 18th at Darlington.(4-21-2009)
    UPDATE: Michael McDowell will replace Dave Blaney in the Prism Motorsports entry in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway for what McDowell says is only a one-race deal. Prism Motorsports has attempted eight races and qualified for seven, with Terry Labonte using a past champion's provisional for Daytona and then Blaney qualifying on speed for six of the next seven events. McDowell will have to qualify on speed for the Talladega race because the team, which is owned by Phil Parsons, is outside the top 35 in owner points that are guaranteed starting spots. "Phil Parsons called and asked if I would like to run Talladega for him," McDowell said in a statement. "Dave Blaney has been doing a great job but had a family obligation, and I am only stepping in for the weekend." McDowell competed in 20 Cup events last year with Michael Waltrip Racing and is driving this season in the Nationwide Series for JTG Daugherty Racing. He finished 24th in the Cup race at Talladega a year ago.(SceneDaily)(4-23-2010)

  • Terry Labonte looks to compete in 10 to 12 Cup races: Terry Labonte retired from driving full time in 2004, but that doesn't mean he's ready to throw away his helmet. Labonte has competed in 44 races in the four years since he retired, and he will attempt to make this year's Daytona 500 in Prism Motorsports' #66 Toyota. So far, that's Labonte's only scheduled race this year, but things could change. "I wouldn't mind running eight or 10 or 12 races, something like that," Labonte said. "It would depend who it was. I've got to know them. I had a blast last year. It was actually fun." Labonte insists he's still retired from full-time competition, saying he doesn't understand "why anybody would want to run every week."(SceneDaily)(2-4-2009)

  • Terry Labonte to attempt Daytona 500 UPDATE full-time Blaney: Add two-time NASCAR Cup champ [1984, 1996]] Terry Labonte to the list of Daytona hopefuls. Labonte is expected to pilot the Phil Parsons' Toyota [MSRP Motorsports] for the Daytona 500 field.(FoxSports), Labonte would become 2nd in line for the past champions provisonal, 43rd spot, if needed. #14-Tony Stewart [past champ 2005] would get first dibs on the spot if he fails to have a fast time or race in thru the Gatorade Duels and #21-Bill Elliott would be 3rd in line to get the spot, if needed.(1-23-2009)
    UPDATE: Two-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Terry Labonte inked a deal that puts him behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry fielded by newly-formed Prism Motorsports for the 2009 "Daytona 500". In making the announcement, team co-owners Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey also indicated that they expect to compete in the full 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule. Window World, based in motorsports tradition-steeped North Wilkesboro, NC, will provide sponsorship for Labonte's Daytona effort. Parsons, a former Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series competitor, and now analyst for SPEED Channel's Camping World Truck Series telecasts, is pleased how quickly and smoothly things have fallen into place for his operation. "Randy and I have both long dreamed of owning a Cup team, and now that day has arrived," said Parsons. "And to secure Terry Labonte and Window World for Daytona is more than we could have possibly hoped for our first race out of the box." According to Humphrey, veteran Dave Blaney will take over for Labonte after Daytona. "Like Terry, Dave is not only a talented, competitive race driver, he is also a first-class guy off the track. He's someone that we believe we can build a great team around."
    Window World CEO Todd Whitworth is enthused about the opportunity with Prism and is looking at additional race sponsorships. "Window World has grown to be the nation's largest window remodeling company," said Whitworth. "We started Window World just a little over 13 years ago, and today have more than 200 offices in 46 states", said Whitworth. "We see the same level of energy and excitement at Prism Motorsports that has helped make our Window World team so successful. It's a thrill for us to be able to help Prism get off to a fast start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona."
    Prism has also formed a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, and the team's Toyotas will get their horsepower from Joey Arrington, one of NASCAR's most successful and respected engine builders. Bill Henderson, who served as car chief for Hall of Fame Racing's Toyotas in 2008, has come aboard as Crew Chief for the new organization. Parsons, who finished 9th in Sprint Cup points in a 1988 season that included a win at Talladega, summed up his new venture with more than a hint of emotion. "Randy and I are committed to building an organization founded on integrity and driven to succeed; one that every team member and every sponsor can be proud of," he said. Humphrey agreed, "Phil and I are incredibly blessed to be able to call ourselves 'Cup team owners'. And we plan to make the most of this opportunity we have been provided and the good fortune to have Window World as our key sponsor at Daytona."(Prism Motorsports PR)(1-26-2009)

  • MSRP Motorsports plans Daytona 500 attempt: Phil Parsons was on Tradin' Paint on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio with Rick Benjamin and Chocolate Myers Friday and said he intends to put a car in the Daytona 500:
    Rick Benjamin: "Chocolate and I had speculated a little - and you were one of the guys I had in mind - you might see some ARCA teams, some truck teams, some Nationwide teams go out - and we know there are ways you can acquire a Cup car. You can lease one, borrow one, buy one, whatever is takes and go put a car on the grid there. You do that with Randy Humphrey in the Nationwide Series. You had two cars last year. Are you thinking about doing that in the Cup Series in '09?"
    Phil Parsons: "We are. We are strongly considering that. We're going to kind of let the chips fall where they may and see how many cars are going to be there but our intention is, right now, is to race the Daytona 500. Not park and start in park but race the Daytona 500."(Sirius PR)
    AND hearing that the car will be a Toyota and truck series regular Terry Cook will be the driver. MSRP, owned by Phil Parsons, Randy Humphrey, and their wives, competed full time in the Nationwide Series in 2008 with two cars, #90 & #91. The #90 was primarily driven by Johnny Chapman and competed in 31 races with a best finish of 35th. The #91 had a variety of drivers, mostly Larry Gunselman and Justin Hobgood, was in 30 races, and had a best finish of 38th.(1-11-2009)

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