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  • Nemechek, Jay Robinson teaming up on #87: NEMCO and Jay Robinson Racing will combine efforts to field the #87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota. The plan also includes fifteen Nationwide Series races. The new NEMCO - JRR team will use engines provided by Race Engines Plus. "There is a long history of friendship between the two organizations, so this is going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved ", says Jay Robinson. "Both groups have a lot to bring to the table and I am very excited to partner with Jay Robinson and go racing this year." commented Joe Nemechek. The first outing for the NEMCO-JRR team will be the Daytona Nationwide race followed by the Daytona 500. More information concerning crew chief and sponsors will be coming soon.(Jay Robinson Racing)(2-5-2013)

  • #49 team up for auction #2: Gavel Auction is scheduled to hold a 2nd auction of the complete assets of the #49 Robinson-Blakeney / American Israel team on January 19, 2013, including race cars, engines, hauler, EFI systems, shop equipment, pit road boxes and more. The auction is scheduled to start at 11:00am/et and be held at 3901 Sardis Church Rd, Monroe, NC 28110. No Registration Fee, Free Parking. Gavel Auction accepts Visa and Master Card, Good Check with Bank Letter Of Guarantee, and CASH. For more info and to see image of the items, go to www.gavelauction.com or call (704) 489-2201, Fax at (704) 489-2208.(1-18-2013)

  • #49 team up for auction: Gavel Auction is scheduled to hold an auction of the complete assets of the #49 Robinson-Blakeney / American Israel team on October 30, 2012, including race cars, engines, hauler, EFI systems, shop equipment, pit road boxes and more. For more info go to my Racing auctions, equipment, decals, helmets and more news and links page.(10-22-2012)

  • Yeley moving to Tommy Baldwin Racing: UPDATE: J.J. Yeley, who has been driving the #49 for Robinson-Blakeney Racing, tweeted Wednesday morning, "Making some positive changes for the remainder of 2012. Moving over to TBR". No additional details available yet.(7-18-2012)
    UPDATE: Max Q Motorsports (MQM) Owner Larry Gunselman announced that MQM and Tommy Baldwin Racing have formed a technical alliance. J.J. Yeley will be the driver of the MQM #37 entry effective immediately. "Max Q has been trying to put itself in position get back into the 'Cup series and be competitive," explained Gunselman. "Tommy and I got to talking and he explained where he want his program to go. He would like to build his program like the Hendrick, RCR and Roush teams by selling cars and engineering to make their program better, and that is something that I been looking to do to get my program to the next level." TBR competed with two teams this season in the NSCS. The team, formed in 2009, also started a NASCAR Nationwide team this season, running a partial schedule. "The only way we are going to get better is to be able to get our product out there more and have different people working on it," Tommy Baldwin said. "I'm confident that with the group of guys Larry is assembling along with J. J. behind the wheel it will benefit both teams."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(7-20-2012)

  • Nine race sponsor for #49 team: JPO Absorbents, formerly known as Green Stuff Sales & Supply, is sponsoring the Robinson Blakeney Racing Team for their first of nine races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Spewedway with JJ Yeley as the driver for the #49 Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota. JPO Absorbents is owned by James P. O'Brien. Its corporate offices are located in Fairfield, Connecticut and its National Distribution Center is in Kansas City, Missouri.JPO Absorbents is the national distributors of Green Stuff Absorbent and HTP Absorbent. The Company will continue its theme of "Saving the Environment One Cleanup at a Time" throughout the 2012 NASCAR Season.(Robinson-Blakeney Racing PR via Catchfence), per a JPO Absorbents PR, the first race was supposed to be at Texas in April and for eight other races.(3-16-2012)

  • Yeley and Robinson-Blakeney plans still on to tackle Cup Series: Robinson-Blakeney Racing is also cashing in on politics, as Americans for Israel, two Southern Baptist men simply concerned with keeping the American people in tune with Israel's plight, sponsored the #49 Sprint Cup Series Toyota for the Daytona 500. Unfortunately, Yeley developed motor problems in Thursday's Gatorade Duel and failed to make the race. Yeley says, however, the team plans to go ahead to Phoenix and hopefully the rest of the Cup schedule. "We are obviously going to have to evaluate the engine program," Yeley said after qualifying for the Nationwide Series race Friday. "This team started just a few weeks ago, so we had to jump in with both feet&we are definitely full steam ahead." Yeley says he, the team, and Americans for Israel have meetings and a conference in the next week or two and hopes the organization can sponsor the #49 car for more races or the whole season.(wsbradio.com)(2-26-2012)

  • NASCAR team races for Israel: Two Charlotte men are putting their passion for American-Israeli relations on the hood of a Daytona 500 stock car. The #49 "America Israel Racing" Toyota is owned by Robinson-Blakeney Racing and driven by J.J. Yeley. Friends Rich Shirey and Mark MacCaull said they came up with the idea for America Israel Racing at their daughters' horse show in late 2011. Shirey said they wanted to find a way to educate the public about the relationship between the United States and its Middle Eastern ally. They decided NASCAR seemed the best fit. "NASCAR is the only sport televised where they pray before every race," said MacCaull, who has a background in the sport. "They are aligned with racing, religion and patriotism. We do not want to profit from this. Our goal is simply to educate people." It's an unusual - and expensive - textbook. The friends funded the car for the Daytona 500 completely on their own. A basic full-car sponsorship can come in at around $10 million. "It isn't cheap," said Shirey. "But being brought up Southern Baptist, I was always taught we stand behind Israel. This is a way I felt I could give back to society. It's something I believe in." Both Shirey and MacCaull said they know that belief is controversial to some, but insisted this is not politically motivated. So far, America Israel Racing will serve as the #49 car's predominate sponsor in the Daytona 500 and the following race in Phoenix. The team said it hopes to run the entire schedule, but would need financial assistance to go beyond the first few races.(WCNC.com), see images of the car on my #49 Team Schemes page.(2-9-2012)

  • Yeley to drive for Robinson-Blakeney IMAGES: Newly established Sprint Cup team Robinson-Blakeney Racing has tabbed J.J. Yeley to drive its #49 Toyota for the 2012 season. In addition, Yeley will be reunited with crew chief Tony Furr, who has been hired to coordinate and direct the upstart endeavor. "I am energized and looking forward to working with [owner and manager] Jay Robinson and our team beginning at Daytona in the Duel 150 race and building success all the way to Homestead," said Yeley, who has 11 top-10 finishes in his Cup career. "I have enjoyed a good working relationship in the past with Tony Furr as my crew chief and am happy to be partnered with him again on this team." Furr brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and has the tools available to formulate a competitive effort at Robinson-Blakeney Racing. "I am excited to again be working with a talented driver like J.J., as well as the rest of the team and owners at Robinson-Blakeney Racing," Furr said. In addition to its first year in Cup, Robinson-Blakeney Racing returns for its 12th season of competition in the Nationwide Series in the #28 car. "We are preparing the team for a very successful 2012 season and we are very pleased to announce our partnerships with Tony and J.J.", Robinson said.(NASCAR.com)(1-25-2012)
    IMAGES: see images of the car on my #49 Team Schemes page.(1-30-2012)

  • America Israel Racing Teams with Robinson-Blakeney Racing: North Carolina-based America Israel Racing (AIR) is partnering with a well-respected NASCAR veteran to help bring its message of Israeli support to the track on racing's grandest stage. AIR will team with newly formed Robinson-Blakeney Racing to place a car in the 2012 Daytona 500 field on February 26 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Inspired by recent political sentiment towards the nation of Israel, America Israel Racing hopes to raise awareness of the importance of the United States supporting its Middle Eastern ally through NASCAR. "Working with Jay Robinson and the team at Robinson-Blakeney Racing is a tremendous opportunity for America Israel Racing," said a member of the AIR team. "Jay has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport and we are very excited to work with him over the coming weeks to get a car ready to run at Daytona, and hopefully beyond." America Israel Racing hopes to continue its partnership with Robinson-Blakeney Racing beyond Daytona, as AIR would like to spread its message of American Israeli support by placing a car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup field for the entire 2012 season. The AIR team hopes all like-minded individuals will take notice and help generate support for their cause. Anyone wishing to support America Israel Racing and its cause can make a donation online at AmericaIsraelRacing.com.(America Israel Racing / Sammy Eanes)(1-21-2012)

  • Nationwide owner Jay Robinson forms Cup team: Nationwide Series veteran team owner Jay Robinson will enter into his 12th year in the series and has partnered with Troy Blakeney of Houston, Texas to form Robinson-Blakeney Racing, LLC and will field a Sprint Cup Series car with Toyota as its manufacturer. The new team intends to run full time in both series this year. "I am very excited about our new venture into the Cup series", said team owner Jay Robinson" We have all of the cars and equipment in place. We will be running engines prepared by Race Engines Plus and are hoping to hire a driver very soon." The #28 Nationwide car will continue into the 2012 Season with a variety of drivers throughout the season. Jeff Spraker and his Spraker Racing Enterprises group has been hired to head up the Nationwide efforts. Troy Blakeney, with offices in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas is relatively new to the sport and brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience which will certainly prove to be an asset in the venture. Robinson-Blakeney Racing will run Toyotas from their Monroe N. C. based. The team will soon be announcing their drivers, crew chiefs and sponsorships.(Robinson-Blakeney Racing)(1-16-2012)

  • Jay Robinson Racing to run Cup? Although Jay Robinson Racing [#28 team in NNS] is no stranger to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Robinson also gave details about going Cup racing this seasonvery soon. "It's not a matter of if, but when. We already have the car, the license, and the car number. " The team is hoping to within the next couple of months.(Racing Experts)(3-29-2011)

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