Ryan Blaney To Make Whelen Modified Tour Debut At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

As was reported by RaceDayCT on Monday, Ryan Blaney will pilot a Heinke-Baldwin Racing NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car in the July 14 Town Fire Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Heinke-Baldwin Racing made the news official Thursday. It will mark the debut for Blaney in a Whelen Modified Tour car. Blaney’s father Dave is a longtime competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Longtime Whelen Modified Tour crew chief Bob Mueller will serve in that role for the 17-year old Blaney at NHMS.

“I’m excited to compete in my first Modified race and to run for [team owner Al Heinke],” Blaney said in a release from Heinke-Baldwin Racing. “It should be a fun experience. The NWMT always puts on a good race in New Hampshire, and I feel like I will learn a lot.”

The High Point, N.C. driver has made three Nationwide Series starts this year for Tommy Baldwin Racing. He had a seventh place finish in his series debut April 27 at Richmond International Raceway. He finished 43rd on May 11 at Darlington Raceway and 15th last Friday at Kentucky Speedway.

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Blaney won in his only K&N Pro Series West start on Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix International Raceway. He had two top-10 finishes in K&N Pro Series East events in 2011. He has made three starts on the K&N Pro Series East in 2012, with a pair of top-five finishes.

“We’re excited about having Ryan race for us in the NWMT,” said Heinke-Baldwin Racing owner Al Heinke. “He is a great talent, and this is a great series to race in. We are glad we can support the Whelen Tour. I think it will be a good experience having Ryan’s talent in the car.”


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