Toy State (5 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Daytona - 2/22 (DNQ)
Atlanta - 3/1
Las Vegas - 3/8
Phoenix - 3/15
Auto Club - 3/22
Martinsville - 3/29
Golden Corral (3 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Talladega - 5/3
Daytona - 7/5
Talladega - 10/25
Accell Construction (3 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Texas - 4/11
Kansas - 5/9
Kansas - 10/18
DOC 360 (? races) has been the sponsor at the following races in 2015:
Richmond - 4/25
Contract Status: Driver: 2015; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race
Manion replaces Blickensderfer as crew chief for Hornish UPDATE: In an effort to further the chemistry of the #9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team, Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced Kevin Manion has been assigned as the crew chief of that team with driver Sam Hornish, Jr. Manion will begin his duties immediately and call the race this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Manion, a native of Boylston, Mass., is a championship-winning crew chief and was a part of leading Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing to wins at both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010. Manion has five wins in the premier Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, he has led his race teams to over 60 Top-10 and 25 Top-Five finishes in his Cup career. He also has 10 poles. Having success with different drivers with different racing backgrounds, Manion has led the sports best including Martin Truex, Jr. during his XFINITY and early Sprint Cup Series career. During his time with Truex, Jr., Manion earned two XFINITY Series championships. He then became a trusted leader to Jamie McMurray, leading him to four Sprint Cup Series wins. Manion is a respected crew chief in NASCAR and has the experience to get the #9 team in victory lane. Manion will begin his duties with RPM immedialty. Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer who has been offered another position within the organization.(RPM)(5-5-2015)
UPDATE: In light of the recent departure of Kevin "Bono" Manion, Tommy Baldwin Racing has announced that team owner Tommy Baldwin will assume the role as crew chief of the #7 Chevy, for driver Alex Bowman. "I'm very happy for Bono; we've been friends a long time, and I wish him nothing but the best," said Baldwin. "Climbing atop the pit box is somewhat of a familiar role for me and I look forward to working with Alex." Baldwin, in his seventh year of a being a Sprint Cup Series team owner, is no stranger to the position - having numerous wins and a Daytona 500 championship in 2002. Baldwin's return will take effect immediately.(TBR)(5-5-2015)
Four teams penalized with loss of practice time at Talladega: #4-Kevin Harvick's team is one of four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams that will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced. Harvick's team, along with #83-Matt DiBenedetto's team will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega after being late for pre-race inspection last weekend at Richmond. #43-Aric Almirola's team also will lose 15 minutes of practice at Talladega after being late for qualifying inspection at Richmond. #7-Alex Bowman's team failed qualifying inspection more than three times at Richmond. The Tommy Baldwin Racing team received a written warning and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega. NASCAR's rule book states that if a team receives two warnings during two consecutive events, it may result in one or more of the following P1 penalties - last choice in selecting pits, reduced practice time, reduced time for qualifying, delay in order of inspection and/or be selected for post-race inspection, among other things. NASCAR also announced that the teams of #98-Josh Wise and #32-Joey Gase (Bobby Labonte will drive the #32 at Talladega) each failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond and received written warnings.(NBC Sports)(5-1-2015)
Golden Corral Returns to Talladega with Tommy Baldwin Racing: Golden Corral is continuing their sponsorship with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) as it was announced they will be back for 2015. The three-race deal as primary sponsor on the #7 Chevy will cover both races at Talladega Superspeedway and the July race at Daytona. Also returning will be the 'Top 10 Kids Eat Free' promotion. Each time the #7 Golden Corral team finishes in the top-10 this season, Golden Corral will offer a one day "Kids Eat Free" promotion on the Monday immediately following the top-10 race finish. "We are proud to welcome back Golden Corral for another season with TBR," said team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "Their top-10 kids eat free promotion always is a fan favorite"
"Talladega is always exciting and we're thrilled to be back with the #7 team. We're pulling for some top-10 finishes this season so that we can share our 'Top 10 Kids Eat Free' promotion with race fans across the country," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing at Golden Corral.(TBR/140Buzz), see an image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2015)
BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing considering merger? Chatter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage this weekend has a potential merger between BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing being considered, CATCHFENCE.com has learned. Both teams have struggled thus far at NASCAR's top level this season, but the merger would combine resources, assets and personnel with hopes of lifting the on-track performance of their drivers. Another possible scenario is BK Racing simply acquiring Tommy Baldwin Racing, sources say. Currently, Tommy Baldwin Racing fields the #7 Chevy for Alex Bowman, while BK Racing fields three cars for rookie candidate Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto and veteran JJ Yeley. Bowman drove for BK Racing in 2014, but left the team to join TBR. Sources tell CATCHFENCE.com if the merger happened, it's likely that Baldwin's team would switch to Toyota and Baldwin taking a director of competition role. A spokesperson for RAB Racing, which currently does not field a full-time team, confirmed that they were involved in an initial discussion with BK Racing, but wouldn't elaborate.(Catchfence)(4-26-2015)
Some teams get inspection penalties at Richmond: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director Richard Buck sent a memo to teams this week about receiving warnings and penalties if they did not get through inspections in a timely fashion. Tommy Baldwin Racing's #7-team with driver Alex Bowman will be penalized 15 minutes of practice time next week at Talladega Superspeedway for failing to pass pre-qualifying inspection three times. Two Sprint Cup teams received warnings for failing to get through qualifying inspection twice. Those teams were the #98 car of Phil Parsons Racing (driver Josh Wise) and the #32 car of Go Green Racing (Joey Gase). NASCAR also stated that seven Xfinity teams will be penalized 15 minutes of practice next week at Talladega for being late to pre-qualfying inspection. Those cars are the #03 car of Mike Affarano Motorsports (Johanna Long), the #1 car of Roush Fenway Racing (Elliott Sadler), the #4 car of JD Motorsports (Ross Chastain), the #22 car of Team Penske (Joey Logano), the #54 car of Joe Gibbs Racing (Erik Jones), the #62 car of Richard Childress Racing (Brendan Gaughan) and the #97 car of Obaika Racing (Peyton Sellers).(NBC Sports)(4-26-2015)
DOC 360 sponsoring Bowman: Tommy Baldwin Racing welcomes DOC 360 aboard the #7 Chevy this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. DOC 360, as a growing brand, aligns perfectly with up-and-coming athletes as they carve their own name in the sports world. DOC 360 encourages individual creativity and innovation in athletes and those consumers that pride themselves on taking on new challenges. DOC 360, known for its distinctive taste, is available in a variety of regular and diet package sizes.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(4-23-2015)
Accell Construction returns to TBR: Heading into the Duck Commander 500 race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Tommy Baldwin Racing is welcoming back a long-time sponsor for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Accell Construction returns to serve as primary sponsor on the #7 Chey SS at Texas as well as both races at Kansas Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma-based company will continue its partnership with TBR for the fifth consecutive season. "We are proud of the relationship that our team has built with Steve and Accell Construction for the past five seasons," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "For a small team like ours, this relationship is invaluable. It allows Accell Construction to have a presence in NASCAR and bring their company to a new market while it allows TBR to sustain resources to remain competitive."(TBR), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(4-10-2015)
NASCAR issues inspection penalty UPDATE: NASCAR handed out one inspection penalty Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, with a second potential penalty under review. #7-Alex Bowman of Tommy Baldwin Racing will lose 15 minutes of practice time in the opening round of practice Friday at Auto Club Speedway. Bowman's car did not make it out of the garage on time Sunday morning at PIR. Also, AJ Allmendinger's #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet went through inspection four times and is under review for a possible penalty. A NASCAR official said "other issues" may have been responsible for the car's inspection problems. A decision likely would come on Monday or Tuesday.(FoxSports)(3-15-2015)
UPDATE: NASCAR says no-harm, no-foul on the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing team following pre-race inspection issues at Phoenix International Raceway. On Sunday, the crew made four attempts to pass through the laser platform inspection station prior to the start of Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500. Before the race, a NASCAR representative said the No. 47's situation was "under further review" at the behest of Sprint Cup Series director Richard Buck. It was later determined that the wheel plate that sits inside the wheel bead and measure the toe of the rear, the forward and aft for offset and wheel base and rear end location for the truck arm crossmember was not tight enough to provide an accurate reading. Therefore, the #47 team and AJ Allmendinger will not be penalized practice time this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. NASCAR did confirm however, that the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy, which did not line up and get out of the garage in time and the #83 BK Racing Toyota, which did not pass inspection on the second attempt will be held for 15 minutes in first practice on Friday at Fontana.(Motorsport)(3-18-2015)
Sorenson to drive for Xtreme Racing at Daytona UPDATE: Reed Sorenson is getting "xtreme" for the 2015 Daytona 500 as he joins John Cohen's Team Xtreme Racing. Sorenson joins the team after competing full-time with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014. Heading into the sport's most prestigious race of the season, Team Xtreme Racing is also proud to welcome Golden Corral onboard as primary sponsor of the #44 Chevy. Returning to the organization to resume crew chief duties will be 20-year NASCAR veteran Peter Sospenzo. "The 44 team has been hard at work over the offseason," said owner John Cohen. "We have made some big steps to further our efforts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it all begins at Daytona. Hiring Reed Sorenson to drive for us at the 500 was the right move for our team, he excels at restrictor plate racing and we are excited to get to Daytona."(140 BUZZ)(2-9-2015)
UPDATE: The Golden Corral is a one-off deal for Xtreme Motorsports. The sponsor will rejoin Tommy Baldwin Racing for the other three restrictor plate races on the #7 Chevy with driver Alex Bowman.(Motorsport)(2-10-2015)
Zing Zang to return to Tommy Baldwin Racing UPDATE no: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix, who sponsored Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 and driver Reed Sorenson for four races in 2014, announced on Facebook that: "Hey NASCAR fans! Green Flag! It's go time! We just signed with Tommy Baldwin Racing to support Reed Sorenson for the Sprint Cup season - starting with the Martinsville Speedway Race on March 29!" Doesn't say how many races.(1-18-2015)
UPDATE: Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix announced on Twitter: Due to the recent changes within @TBR_Racing Organization, we are no longer able to sponsor the #36 car and @ReedSorenson36.(2-3-2015)
Accell Construction Returns to Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing is welcoming back a long-time sponsor for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Accell Construction returns to TBR to serve as primary sponsor on the #7 Chevy with Alex Bowman behind the wheel. The Oklahoma-based company will continue its partnership with TBR for the fifth consecutive season. "We are proud to continue our partnership with Accell Construction as we head into the 2015 season," said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "Steve and his company have been an integral part of Tommy Baldwin Racing's success and growth." Accell Construction owner Steve Todhunter commented on the continued partnership saying, "We are looking forward to the start of our fifth year in the Sprint Cup Series with TBR. The 2015 season is bringing a new dimension to TBR as Alex Bowman joins the team; we are excited to be a part of his journey."(TBR), no word how many races Accell Construction will be the primary sponsor on the #7 Chevy.(2-3-2015)
Toy State to sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing for five races UPDATE: Toy State has signed on as primary sponsor for the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) #7 car. The Nikko/Toy State car is currently being prepped for the 2015 Daytona 500. "For nearly six decades, Toy State and Nikko-branded toys have created the thrill of auto racing through imaginative play," says Andy Friess, senior vice president of global marketing. "We're taking these thrills from fantasy to reality through our sponsorship with Tommy Baldwin Racing." This sponsorship will cover the initial five races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series. In addition to car graphics, all driver and team apparel and signage will bear Nikko and Toy State logos, along with the redesigned branding of the company's lights and sound brand, Road Rippers. "The Daytona 500 is the crown jewel of the racing year, making it the perfect venue to re-launch Nikko R/C to the U.S. market and introduce the new look of Road Rippers," says Friess. "It's going to be a great day at the races!" This announcement builds on Toy State's acquisition of Nikko last year. This year, Nikko-branded R/C vehicles will make their return to the U.S. market under the Toy State umbrella.(Toybook), see an image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page(1-30-2015)
UPDATE: With the announcement that Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has signed driver Alex Bowman comes the next logical question, 'who is the sponsor?' Tommy Baldwin Racing is pleased to officially announce that Toy State has signed as primary sponsor for the #7 Chevy. A new sponsor to the sport of NASCAR, the Nikko/Toy State sponsorship begins at Daytona International Speedway and will continue for the first five races of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series. Toy State's extensive portfolio features their flagship Road Rippers and Nikko brands. The company also boasts brands that include Hot Wheels, WWE and James Bond 007 lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles, as well as Cat and Cat Preschool construction toys. "Bringing a new sponsor to the sport is considered to be one of the biggest challenges for race teams," said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "We are proud that Toy State has taken this path to re-launch the Nikko R/C brand. They are a perfect fit for NASCAR and our fans."
"For nearly six decades, Toy State and Nikko-branded toys have created the thrill of auto racing through imaginative play," said Andy Friess, senior vice president of global marketing. "We're now taking these thrills from fantasy to reality through our sponsorship with Tommy Baldwin Racing."(TBR/140 Buzz)(2-2-2015)
Key Changes at Tommy Baldwin Racing for 2015: The 2015 NASCAR season signals a year of change for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR). Key personnel changes took place over the offseason, strengthening the foundation on which the team stands.
Bray Pemberton, General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel: Pemberton joins TBR as the newly named General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel. Pemberton has a rich family history in the sport paired with a deep knowledge of racing as well as a true passion for the sport.
Danielle Randall, Director of Business Development: Randall joined TBR as the Director of Business Development, procuring new sponsorship and business-to-business relationships for the team. Danielle has worked successfully on both the business development and management side of the industry.
Kevin "Bono" Manion, Crew Chief of the #7 Chevrolet: Returning for the second year atop the pit box with the 7 team, "Bono" brings his veteran experience and winning resume to work with Sprint Cup series sophomore Alex Bowman. The efforts of Manion and his team to assemble the most competitive cars will also be enhanced by TBR's new state-of-the-art fabrication shop.
Mark Gutekunst, Lead Engineer: The depth of Mark Gutekunst's engineering background elevates him to the lead engineer position on the #7 Chevrolet.
Doug Campbell, Spotter: 21-year-old Doug Campbell has worked with Tommy Baldwin Racing for over three years. Prior to working in NASCAR, Campbell got his start as a spotter in the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Moving to the #7 team in 2015, Campbell will be the "eyes in the sky" for Bowman.
"With Bono leading the #7 team again this year, Alex Bowman driving and all the changes put in place at the shop, we looking forward to the drop of the green flag at Daytona," said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "As always, we are happy to be a part of Team Chevy for another year."(TBR/140 Buzz)(1-31-2015)
Bowman to Tommy Baldwin Racing UPDATE: BK Racing announced on Tuesday that J.J. Yeley will be its primary driver for the 2014. While it initially seemed curious there was no mention of Alex Bowman in the release, BK Racing owner Ron Devine later confirmed he was no longer with the team. Bowman is expected to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the #7 Chevy. Baldwin would not confirm on Tuesday that Bowman was joining TBR, but promised the team would have "7 announcements in 7 days" starting on Friday. Yeley raced as a sub for BKR last year but plans to run the entire schedule in the #23 Toyota.(Motorsport)
AND Alex Bowman appears set to join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in the seat vacated by former driver Michael Annett (who is now with HScott Motorsports). Bowman is expected to be announced as the driver of the #7 Chevy soon, giving one of NASCAR's few independent teams a much-needed boost with the season-opening Daytona 500 less than a month away. Despite Annett's parting, the team (TBR) is still expected to utilize Richard Childress Racing cars and Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines for 2015. Tuesday, Toy State, an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights & sounds and radio controlled vehicles issued a press release announcing their sponsorship of TBR's #7 Chevy beginning with NASCAR's Super Bowl event. According to the announcement, the sponsorship is expected to cover the initial five races of the 2015 season.(Catchfence)(1-28-2015)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has announced that Alex Bowman will drive the team's #7 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season. 21-year-old Bowman just completed his rookie season in the series with a notable 13th place finish at Daytona International Speedway. If you are engaged in numerology, Bowman's new job should be destined for success. In addition to driving the #7, the native of Tucson, AZ, began racing at the age of seven. Progressing through the ranks, Bowman moved to full-bodied stock cars when he turned 17 years old. Making his NASCAR debut in 2012, Bowman has been at the forefront of NASCAR's youth movement since his arrival. With NASCAR's youth movement in full swing, Bowman will join an elite group of young talent in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "Alex is the future of TBR, and he will be a great representative of our team," said owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "He is a young driver who displayed a great talent in both the XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series the past few years. We are pleased to give Alex the opportunity to further showcase his skills behind the wheel of the #7 Chevy this season."
"I'm looking forward to working with TBR and the entire #7 team," said Bowman. "With Tommy's experience and his drive to run competitively, I feel like we can run well this year." Further details on the 2015 season will continue to be announced over the next seven days as #TBR7in7 continues.(TBR/140buzz)(1-30-2015)
Michael Annett joins HScott Motorsports as second full-time driver: HScott Motorsports enters the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season with a new look as it expands to two cars. Justin Allgaier will return to the #51 BRANDT Chevy while Michael Annett joins the team and will drive a Chevrolet adorned by longtime anchor partner Pilot Flying J. "The addition of a second team increases HScott's overall ability to better utilize its resources at track and at the shop to be even more competitive," said team owner Harry Scott Jr. "I'm proud to have seen Justin truly mature as a NSCS driver last year, and I can't wait to see what he does this year. Like Justin, Michael is coming off his rookie year following six years of competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Michael is a quality driver with a great future at HScott Motorsports. These drivers compliment one another and will make great teammates."
"This is as excited as I've been for a new season, I can't wait to get to Daytona and fire the engines," said Allgaier. "I'm looking forward to carrying the momentum from the end of last season over to this year. Michael is a great addition to our organization and I'm glad to have a teammate to compete with each week."
BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, returns as the primary sponsor of the #51 Chevy for 21 races, beginning with the Daytona 500 on February 22. Auto-Owners Insurance will also be the primary partner on the #51 for three races.
"Justin and the #51 team continue to be a great source of pride for BRANDT employees and customers, and we are all looking forward to a great 2015 season," said BRANDT President and CEO Rick Brandt. "I'm excited for the opportunity to drive for HScott Motorsports," said Annett. "I am impressed with the way Harry is building his NASCAR teams. Harry and competition director Steve Addington have a long-term vision and I'm honored to be part of it. I'm also looking forward to having Justin as a teammate." Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel retail centers, will be a primary partner on Annett's car. Other partners include Cypress Associates, Inc., Allstate Peterbilt Group and Northland Oil.(HScott Motorsports), no car number for Annett was announced. Annett drove the #7 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2014.(1-27-2015)
Annett moving to HScott Motorsports? Multiple sources have confirmed that Michael Annett and his Pilot/Flying J sponsorship will jump from Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7) to the HScott Motorsports stable in 2015, running the entire 36-race championship schedule as a teammate to #51-Justin Algaier. Annett finished 33rd in points at the wheel of TBR's #7 Chevy in 2014; his rookie year of Sprint Cup Series competition. The team managed a top finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Annett declined to comment on the move when contacted earlier today (Tuesday), but sources close to the situation say he will race as a teammate to Algaier and the #51 Brandt Chevy, making HScott Motorsports a two-car operation for the first time in their brief Sprint Cup Series history. Calls placed to team owner Harry Scott, Jr. were not immediately returned.(Godfather Motorsports). HScott Motorsports ran an 2nd car for the Daytona 500 in 2014, with Bobby Labonte driving the #52 Florida Lottery Chevy to a 16th place finish. It was the only attempt of the season for the #52 team.(1-20-2015)
Bray Pemberton joins Tommy Baldwin Racing as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced the team has hired Bray Pemberton as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel for the two car NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Team. Bray, 29, is a 2012 graduate from The University of South Carolina School of Law and became licensed in North Carolina to practice law in July 2012. Prior to joining TBR, Pemberton, whose family has a long history in the sport of NASCAR, was general manager at Swan Racing and spent a short time with Randy Humphrey Racing. "While I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had with race teams in NASCAR, I can honestly say I've never been so excited about the possibilities I now have working along-side Tommy Baldwin," said Pemberton. "I have the utmost respect for what Tommy and Beth (Baldwin's wife) have done over the past few years in building this team, basically on their own. I see so many great opportunities to help continue to grow their dream and see TBR compete with the top teams in NASCAR," he added.(TBR)(1-9-2015)
Baldwin may not run #36 full-time: Tommy Baldwin Racing may not field its familiar #36 Sprint Cup Chevrolet on a full-time basis in 2015, focusing instead on the team's #7 Chevy while forging a new partnership with Jay Robinson Racing to keep the #36 entry on track. Multiple sources tell GodfatherMotorsports.com that negotiations are underway to campaign the #36 under the Jay Robinson Racing banner in 2015, with TBR handling fabrication and preparation for the four restrictor plate races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. That move, if finalized, will result in the layoff of approximately eight TBR employees, all of whom have been invited to apply for positions at JRR's facility on Rolling Hill Road in Mooresville, NC. Baldwin reportedly informed team personnel of the move Monday, saying the deal will be finalized later this week. Baldwin stressed today that he has no plans to sell TBR, and is speaking with a number of parties in an effort to improve the performance of the #36 team. Baldwin has made a total of 321 career Sprint Cup Series starts since becoming a team owner in 2009, with a best finish of third at Talladega in 2011 with driver Dave Blaney. Michael Annett ran the full, 36-race schedule in Baldwin's #7 Pilot/Flying J Chevy last season, finishing 32nd in championship points. He is expected to return in 2015. Reed Sorenson drove the #36 Chevy to 34th in the final standings.(Godfather Motorsports)(1-6-2015)
Golden Corral again sponsoring TBR: Golden Corral will continue its longstanding partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing and, for the first time, join NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett as the primary partner on his #7 Chevy SS in the upcoming Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 19. If Annett finishes inside the top 10 at Talladega, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion on Monday, Oct. 20. Kids' buffets will be free (limit of two per purchase) with the purchase of an adult buffet purchase at regular price.(TBR)(10-15-2014)
Feed the Children and Golden Corral partner with Tommy Baldwin at New Hampshire: Feed the Children, one of the world's leading anti-hunger organizations, has joined forces with Golden Corral and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team Tommy Baldwin Racing for the upcoming race this Sunday, Sept. 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "The Feed the Children program is near and dear to my heart," said Tommy Baldwin, owner of TBR. "They've come to my hometown of Long Island, and they've done great things for individuals all over the world. We're proud to go to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and raise awareness for such a worthy cause." Feed the Children and Golden Corral will both adorn the #7 Chevy SS driven by Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Annett. "Hunger affects children all over the world and even in our own communities," said Kevin Hagan, President and CEO of Feed the Children. "Feed the Children is proud to have a long partnership with the NASCAR community and thankful to include Tommy Baldwin in that partnership, especially during this weekend's race. Tommy Baldwin Racing and Golden Corral are not just helping us feed children, they're giving kids hope and the opportunity to just be kids."(TBR), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(9-18-2014)
Annett gets new sponsor: Cypress Associates, and its groundbreaking wellness policy CypressHQ, will join NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael Annett and the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team, signing a multi-year primary sponsorship agreement beginning with the race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 28. CypressHQ is the first fully insured wellness indemnity policy. Unlike any program before it, this innovative new product attacks America's healthcare epidemic while remaining compliant with HIPAA guidelines. Its unique structure utilizes available tax savings to completely offset the costs of providing employers with a suite of benefits that match or exceed anything offered by a traditional indemnity plan. It uses a combination of incentives, personal coaching and a game-based online platform to help employees take charge of their wellbeing. Cypress joins current Annett partners Pilot Flying J and Accell Construction at TBR.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(9-17-2014)
Special decal on the #7 at AMS: To support an awareness campaign for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Michael Annett and the Tommy Baldwin Racing team will feature the logo of St. Jude, Annett's charity of choice since 2009, on the #7 Chevy alongside partner Pilot Flying J. Annett served as the honorary chairperson for the St. Jude Tournament of Hope, a golf tournament that took place earlier this month in the driver's hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.(TBR/Buzz140), see image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2014)
New sponsor debuts on Annett's car at Michigan: Allstate Peterbilt Group, one of the industry leaders in parts, service and sales of medium and heavy-duty trucks and equipment, adorns #7-Michael Annett's Chevy SS as a co-primary sponsor this weekend. It marks the first of three races this season in which APG will partner with Annett in this capacity.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(8-14-2014)
Bobby Labonte Joins Tommy Baldwin Racing for the Brickyard 400: 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte joins Tommy Baldwin Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 this weekend. Labonte will be piloting the #37 Chey, sponsored by Accell Construction. Accell Construction has been a partner of Tommy Baldwin Racing since 2009 and acts as a primary sponsor on the #7 of Michael Annett for six races throughout the year. "I am excited to have Bobby Labonte come on board this weekend at Indy," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "Bobby and I are good friends, and I know that his experience both on and off the track will bring a lot of great information to everyone at Tommy Baldwin Racing. I'm looking forward to seeing the impact Bobby will have, and great Brickyard 400."
"I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by Tommy, getting to run my 21st race at the Brickyard means a lot to me," said Labonte. "Jeff Gordon and I are the only active drivers to run all the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and I am glad to continue that quest with TBR."(TBR), this will be Labonte's 3rd Cup start of 2013. He ran the Daytona 500 in the #52 HScott Motorsports Chevy and at Daytona in July, running the #33 Thunder Coal Chevy for Circle Sport. See an image of the car on the #37 Team Schemes page.(7-24-2014)
Cup drivers competing in CWTS race at Eldora: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett will compete in the second running of Eldora Speedway's Mudsummer Classic, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt, piloting the #14 TMC Transportation Chevy Silverado for NTS Motorsports. Last year the inaugural event drew a sellout crowd and record television ratings, sparking the imagination of a fan base eager for sliding, mud-slinging action. The Mudsummer Classic will air live on Wednesday night, July 23 on FOX Sports 1 at 9:00pm/et.(Rising Star Management), Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson are the other Cup drivers running. See the Eldora entry list and complete race and series information on Jayski's Camping World Truck Series page.(7-18-2014)
Five drivers to run K&N Pro Series West race: #42-Kyle Larson, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Michael Annett, #51-Justin Allgaier and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are entered in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. They're seeking additional road course experience before Sunday's Sprint Cup race there.(Motor Racing Network)(6-18-2014)
Teams to test at Martinsville: Motor Racing Network's Dustin Long, reported that #7-Michael Annett and #36-Reed Sorenson of Tommy Baldwin Racing will be testing with #47-A.J. Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team next Tuesday and Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway.(3-14-2014).
IOA Joins TBR as associate partner on the #7 at Daytona: Longwood, Fla. based company, Insurance Office of America (IOA), has partnered with the Tommy Baldwin Racing's (TBR) #7 Pilot Flying J Chevy SS as an associate sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duels and the 56th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. IOA founder and chairman, John Ritenour, commented on the partnership,"Insurance Office of America is proud to join Tommy Baldwin Racing and its partners to support the #7 car and Michael Annett at the 2014 Daytona 500. We are glad to work with and be a part of the team that shares a passion for building people and delivering results at the highest level."
"IOA has partnered with us in the past at the July race in Daytona," said TBR team owner Tommy Baldwin. "I'm excited to have them on board again for this special weekend." IOA is currently the 10th largest privately-held insurance agency in the U.S. by Insurance Journal and is the 28th largest American broker according to Business Insurance magazine.(TBR/RSM)(2-20-2014)
Accell Construction to sponsor the #7 for six races: Accell Construction returns to Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and welcomes a new experience as a primary sponsor of the of the #7 Chevy with Michael Annett behind the wheel for six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. The Oklahoma-based company will continue its partnership with TBR for the fourth consecutive season commencing at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2nd, 2014. "Accell has been an important part of TBR's growth", said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "We are pleased to keep that relationship going." Accell Construction owner, Steve Todhunter commented on the partnership, "We are very excited to be starting our fourth year Sprint Cup Series with TBR. The 2014 season will begin with a new car number and driver for us as we welcome Michael Annett and the #7 Team to our racing resume. We have enjoyed our racing relationship with TBR over the last three years and wish the 36 well." "I'm looking forward to having Accell come on board the #7 car this season," said Annett. "Their support is a key element in bringing forward momentum to TBR." The Accell Construction brand will adorn the #7 car at both events at Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway in 2014.(Rising Star Management Group/TBR), see an image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page.(2-7-2014)
Bono Manion is Annett's new crew chief UPDATE: Kevin "Bono" Manion is the new crew chief for Michael Annett and the #7 Pilot Flying J Chevy at Tommy Baldwin Racing. The 41-year-old Boylston, Mass., native will oversee Annett's rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series. Manion's reunion with Baldwin is the result of a two-decade friendship that developed while the two worked on modifieds in the Northeast. Before the pair moved to North Carolina in fall 1995, Baldwin promised Manion that one day he would own a Cup team. As Manion says, the racers' relationship has "come full circle." When Martin Truex, Jr. left Earnhardt Ganassi Racing after the 2009 season, Manion was assigned to Jamie McMurray's team in 2010. Together, Manion and McMurray won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 as well as the fall race at Charlotte. Despite winning at Talladega Superspeedway in October, Manion was relieved of his post at season's end.(Fox Sports)(1-22-2014)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired veteran Kevin "Bono" Manion as the crew chief for Michael Annett and the # Pilot Flying J Chevry SS. With Manion on board, the team seeks to take the program to the next level as team owner, Tommy Baldwin, will have the ability to focus on business and management aspects of the team rather than as both owner and crew chief. Manion is excited to make his move to TBR, the opportunity to work with Michael in his rookie season and a team that is more hands on.(Rising Star Management)(1-22-2014)
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