Blackburn returns to action in ARCA Series at Talladega
by STEVE LeMASTER
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Steve Blackburn is back on the track. He’s ready to race in his second ARCA Series race in the 2012 season. The Prestonsburg driver is in Alabama, preparing for Friday night’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Earlier in the year, Blackburn kept his local fanbase excited. Blackburn thrived in a season-opener, finishing fourth in the Lucas Oil SlickMist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. He challenged for the win at the Daytona track and hopes to do the same in Talladega.
The car that Blackburn finished fourth in at Daytona is the same one he’ll be piloting in the Talladega race. A couple of weeks ago, Blackburn had an opportunity to test at the Alabama track. He’s had success there before. Blackburn started 11th at an ARCA Series race at Talladega in 2008 and was running second to current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano when he blew a left rear tire.
“We’re excited to race again,” Blackburn commented. “In regards to the tracks, Talladega is a different track than Daytona, eventhough both are superspeedways. We had a great run going in 2008 and hope to be able to be back up near the front again.”
Blackburn will have the same crew he had during the fourth-place effort at Daytona earlier in the year. He has also confirmed that the car is the same but with a little more horsepower.
The Floyd Countian will race against many of the same competitors he faced during the Lucas Oil SlickMist 250 in February.
Blackburn was scheduled to qualify his No. 94 Chevrolet Thursday evening.
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 is slated to begin Friday at 5 p.m. ET (4 local) and air live on SPEED.
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