Originally created 10/17/01

Pressley fired from Jasper Motorsports, Blaney to take over



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jasper Motorsports fired driver Robert Pressley on Tuesday and hired Dave Blaney for 2002.

The team also gave crew chief Ryan Pemberton a three-year contract extension.

Blaney, who currently drives for Bill Davis Racing, is in his second full season in the Winston Cup Series. Davis has yet to secure a sponsor for the car for next year, so Blaney had been pursuing his options.

He has five top-10 finishes this season and is 23rd in the points standings.

"I'm looking forward to a new challenge," Blaney said. "I think there is a lot of potential at Jasper Motorsports. The opportunity to run Penske Jasper Engine and a Ford Taurus makes me confident about the future."

Pressley, in his second season with Jasper, has three top-10 finishes and is 27th in the points.