NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title contender Ryan Blaney was looking toward the weekend of his life at Kansas last week. The 20-year old was back in his No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 for the first NCWTS race since March 30 and was then looking to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut and perhaps a chance to race against his father, Dave. He entered the NCWTS race last Friday fourth in the standings and was only four points out of the lead. However, Blaney was caught up in an accident just about halfway through the 167-lap race and dropped to sixth, 19 points out of the lead held by series leader Matt Crafton. Before qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series race, the younger Blaney was excited about the possibility of racing against his father. “I think it would be really great,” Ryan said of father versus son. “Just being part of that list would be really cool, of father/sons who have raced a Cup race together.” In reality, it was not to be as Ryan qualified 21st in his No. 12 Team Penske SKF Ford for his Sprint Cup Series debut, but his father did not, negating the chance for fans to see the father-and-son combination drive in the same Sprint Cup Series race since Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Jr. raced at Atlanta in October of 2005. Blaney finished 27th in his Sprint Cup debut, running 263 of the 267 laps in the race won by Jeff Gordon. Fans will get their chance to see Blaney in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 6. Tickets are available at texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling 817.215.8500. … Simon Pagenaud and his team did not have much time to celebrate Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis victory in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 77 Honda. The team stripped the chassis after the victory and it was in the painter’s shop early Sunday morning where its new livery could be applied and cleared coated for the upcoming Indy 500. … There will be at least one old familiar face trying to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500 later this month as 1995 winner Jacque Villeneuve returns to the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 19 years. After winning the CART title that season, Villeneuve left the series for a successful Formula One career. If he qualifies for the race, he'll establish a record for the biggest gap between starts held by Cy Marshall and Roland Free between 1930 and 1947. … NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Kurt Busch is looking to become just the fourth driver to attempt the Memorial Day weekend double, which consists of driving in the Indianapolis 500 the day of Sunday, May, 25, and then flying to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 that evening. John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart are the three that have attempted the double, with Stewart being the only one to complete both races. Ironically, Stewart is the co-owner of Busch’s No. 41 Sprint Cup car. The 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion has no previous open-wheel experience save for some testing at Indianapolis last year and earlier this month. … Last week NASCAR announced that the sanctioning body reached a seven-year agreement with Camping World to remain the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series through 2022. The new deal ensures that Camping World will own exclusive rights as title sponsor for a total of 14 consecutive years, equaling the longest entitlement sponsorship in the history of the national series, which is celebrating its 20th season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series features some of the toughest and most competitive racing in the sport. The series has helped catapult the careers of many of the sport's most popular and successful drivers such as Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.
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