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October 24, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: Blaney adds another notch to his laurel list

MORGANTOWN — Dale Blaney, who was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame last month as a basketball great, has added another national feat to his growing list of sprint car racing achievements.

The Hartford, Ohio, native finished third in the All-Star Car Circuit of Champions finale at the Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Oct. 12. His finish locked up the 2013 ASCOC national point championship and the 2013 ASCOC regional point title.

This is Blaney’s fourth such championship – 1995, 1996, 2008 and now 2013.

The All-Star Circuit Champion Series dates back to 1980. Blaney did not enter the competition until about 1991.

Blaney had set an all-time record for most victories in that sport on Sept. 14 when notching the 99th win as a car racer in Freemont, Ohio.

He comes from an auto racing family.

Dale’s father, Lou, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Racing Hall of Fame last summer. His brother, Dave, currently is enjoying success on the NASCAR circuit after numerous wins in sprint car competition.

Dale Blaney, who’s 49 years old, was an outstanding guard on WVU basketball teams from 1983-86. The four-year standout was a leading contributor to records of 23-8, 20-7, 20-9, and 22-11.

Blaney helped the Mountaineers to appearances in three NCAA Tournaments and one National Invitation Tournament. Gale Catlett was his coach.

A rare two-year team captain, Blaney ranks 18th among all men’s basketball scorers in school history with a collection of 1,522 points.

Blaney, a totally complete performer on the hardwood, ranks 16th all-time in WVU career assists (331), 10th in career double-figure games (89), 10th in career free throws made (370), and 10th in career free-throw percentage (.813).

Blaney turned down what seemed like a sure-shot to play in the National Basketball Association in favor of a career in sprint car racing.

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In case you’re interested, Kansas State has been installed by the oddsmakers as a 10½-point favorite over West Virginia on Saturday at Manhattan, Kansas.

The Wildcats (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) will be trying to end a three-game losing streak. They were idle last week.

The Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) have lost two in a row to Baylor and Texas Tech since upsetting Oklahoma State 30-21.

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