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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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