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Danica to get owner points from Baldwin? Reutimann in the #10? UPDATES: Danica Patrick will be a guaranteed starter in the 2012 Daytona 500, using owner points from Tommy Baldwin Racing. Multiple sources say a deal is nearly complete to make Patrick a guaranteed starter in Stewart Haas Racing's #10 Chevy in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opener, using owner points accrued last season by driver Dave Blaney in TBR's #36 Chevy. Blaney will now be forced to qualify for the "Great American Race" on time.
Patrick is scheduled to run approximately 10 Sprint Cup races this season, and TBR driver David Reutimann will run many of the events Patrick does not; also in the #10 machine. While Patrick will drive Stewart Haas cars purchased from Hendrick Motorsports in her 10 races, Reutimann will steer Baldwin's cars in his outings. TBR will reportedly receive technical and pit crew support from SHR as part of the deal.(Sirius Speedway)(1-30-2012)
UPDATE: Go ahead and pencil Danica Patrick into the Daytona 500 starting lineup. Stewart Haas Racing has finalized an alliance with Tommy Baldwin Racing that guarantees Patrick a starting spot in the Sprint Cup opener and keeps her #10 car on the track for the entire Cup schedule, team owner Tommy Baldwin said on Tuesday. Patrick will be locked into the Feb. 26 race with the owner's points accumulated last season by TBR driver Dave Blaney, who was 33rd. The top 35 in owner's points from last season are guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races, meaning Blaney now will have to qualify his way into the 500 field. Since Patrick is scheduled to compete in only 10 Cup races while participating fulltime in the Nationwide Series, TBR driver David Reutimann will drive the remaining 26 races in the 10 car. The goal is to keep the 10 locked into the top 35 so Patrick will be guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races of 2013 when she runs her first full Cup schedule. TBR will receive technical and pit crew support as a part of the deal. Baldwin said there were no conflicts with NASCAR or Chevrolet in having Patrick use Hendrick Motorsports engines as all the SHR cars do and Reutimann using Earnhardt-Childress Engines as all TBR cars do. Greg Zipadelli will remain the crew chief for Patrick's Cup races. Baldwin said he and Zipadelli will work with Reutimann in the other 26. Reutimann will not drive another TBR car in the non-Patrick races. Baldwin said this is all about getting Patrick "prepared for 2013."(ESPN.com)(1-31-2012)
UPDATE 2: Stewart-Haas Racing has entered into a collaborative partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing where TBR will field the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevy for all 10 of Danica Patrick's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2012. The alliance guarantees a starting spot for Patrick in her Sprint Cup debut - the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. TBR's #36 car, which finished the 2011 season 33rd in points, becomes the #10 for 2012. For the 26 races where Patrick is not scheduled to drive, David Reutimann will pilot the #10 car. TBR has sponsorship inventory available for these 26 races.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(1-31-2012)
Reutimann joins Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) added NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver David Reutimann to the team's 2012 driver lineup alongside Dave Blaney. Still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney, details regarding car number, sponsors and team members will follow in the upcoming weeks. "Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time," said Reutimann. "One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It's the way I was raised with my Dad, so we are on the same page. I'm just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do." TBR competed in every event in the 36-race NSCS schedule in 2011 and raced into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points, meeting the team's 2011 season goals. Blaney drove to the team's best finish of third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway. The team also fielded a second car for five events in the second half of the season.
"Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney," commented team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Last season, we met our goal of running the entire schedule and making the top-35 in points. This season, our goals is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program's growth. We are still working on finding funding for next year, but having a car guaranteed in the first five races, including the Daytona 500, is a big step for our team. We had success last year with our partners. Although Golden Corral will not return in 2012, they were very happy with the exposure they received. We hope they have shown other companies the value of our program and that our program will once again align with their business objectives."
TBR competed in every race and locked the #36 Chevy in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. TBR also fielded a second [#35 Chevy] car for select races in the past two seasons with multiple drivers.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)
MORE: Reutimann agreed to a one-year deal for 2012. Baldwin will start the season as Reutimann's crew chief, while veteran chief mechanic Philippe Lopez would again work with Blaney. Reutimann said he and Baldwin had discussed their schedule, with start-and-parking not in their plans. "As we talked [Monday] we're looking at 26 races -- not a full season but that's something we're obviously angling towards and trying to do and we're going there to race," Reutimann said. "They have a great group of guys over there who are really working their butts off and it's really cool. It's gonna be a different side of things, but I think it'll be a good fit for me. Baldwin said on Monday that sponsorships for the full seasons and which car numbers his two drivers will use were still being determined, "we've got some things etched on paper and hopefully we can get those announced and move ahead." Accell Construction, which has been with Baldwin in limited appearances the past couple seasons, has already committed to the team. Baldwin said his team would bring a new car to the season-opening test at Daytona Jan. 12-14, probably with Blaney driving "to see how it compares to the field." Reutimann said he has also been talking to some Camping World Truck Series owners about some 2012 races in that series.(NASCAR.com)(1-3-2011)
AND Tommy Baldwin Racing has also signed an agreement to run Earnhardt Childress Racing engines for the 2012 season.(FoxSports)(1-3-2011)
Geoff Bodine, sponsor have big Sprint Cup plans for 2012: In an industry that relies heavily on sponsors, the tough economy has brought uncertainty among many NASCAR drivers and teams this off-season. That's not the case for veteran driver Geoff Bodine, who has developed a bond with emerging 2011 stock car sponsor Luke & Associates Inc., which is looking to broaden its exposure in Sprint Cup. At 62, the Chemung native made a comeback of sorts this past season, competing in four of his six Sprint Cup races with sponsorship from Luke & Associates. "I'm very thankful that they gave me this opportunity," Bodine said Wednesday from his Melbourne, FL home. The Florida-based health care provider to the U.S. military is stepping up its program in NASCAR in 2012 and beyond, with Bodine as its initial driver. "There's teams out there that want us and would like to work with us and we're happy about that," Bodine said. Bodine has sponsorship for a minimum of 15 Sprint Cup races next season. He said he and his sponsor are not just shopping this deal around to teams but instead want a partnership. "They are serious about it and they want some ownership with a team," Bodine said. "A little bit this year (2012), and next season a little bit more." Bodine has been working with Serena Brock of Charlotte, a marketing representative with Luke & Associates who has previous experience in NASCAR racing. "We've got a lot of data from different teams and we're looking through it so that we can try to make the best decision, business-wise and performance-wise," he said. Bodine said while it won't be a top-tier team, it will be a competitive team that already runs multiple cars. Bodine said a deal could be struck as early as the end of this week, but "for sure before New Year's." Depending on the team deal, Bodine could race fewer than 15 events himself or even a full season if more sponsors come aboard. Driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing this year, Bodine had a best finish of 30th in his four starts. "I had no problem as far as endurance," Bodine said. "I felt great. The only problem I had was I didn't go fast enough. That was strictly related to the vehicle." Baldwin is a small, relatively new team, and Bodine knows he can do better with the right equipment. "I'm thankful for what Tommy did for us last season, but I'm hoping next season we get in a better opportunity where I can show whether I can do a good job or can't do a good job," he said. "I think I can do well." Bodine said he would prefer to run a full season.(see full post at the Elmiria Star Gazette)(12-22-2011)
Blaney and Bodine switch cars for rest of year: Tommy Baldwin Racing drivers Dave Blaney and Geoffrey Bodine will swap numbers and crews starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in an effort to continue to build TBR and give the team the best chance to qualify both cars for Sunday's event. Dave Blaney will drive the #35 Big Red Chevy and attempt to qualify for the AAA Texas 500. Geoffrey Bodine will pilot the #36 Luke & Associates Chevy and is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday's race. Both cars will compete for kids to eat free in Golden Corral's â"Racing for America's Families" promotion, where kids eat free on Monday, November 7th if either car finishes in the top-10. The teams will keep the switch for the final two events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Blaney will drive the #35 Golden Corral Chevy and attempt to qualify for both events at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bodine will stay in the #36 Luke & Associates Chevy and be guaranteed a spot in both events.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(11-2-2011)
Blaney and Leicht to Swap Rides at Richmond: In an effort to put the team's best foot forward, Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will swap drivers for the event at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. Veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney will pilot the #35 Pepsi Max Chevy and attempt to qualify for the Wonderful Pistachios 400. Rookie Stephen Leicht will wheel the #36 Golden Corral Chevy in the 400-mile event. Both cars will be competing for kids to eat free in Golden Corral's "Racing for America's Family" promotion, in which kids eat free on Monday, September 12th if either car finishes in the top-10. In preparation for the race at Richmond, the TBR #35 team tested with Leicht during two sessions at Gresham Motorsports Park. Blaney attended the first session with the team. Both drivers showed good speed. Leicht showed improvement during the second test session, and the team is confident he can have a good run next weekend. "With Dave's 14 years of experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his proven ability to qualify for races, we felt like swapping cars was best for our partners and will give us the best opportunity to get both cars in the field," explained TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. "I have full confidence in Stephen's abilities, and he was very successful at the test. We just didn't want his inexperience in Cup cars to affect both cars making the event. Both drivers are team players and understand how important it is for the future of TBR for both cars to make the field this weekend. Dave is a standup guy and understands that giving Stephen the opportunity to show his talent in a TBR racecar will help our team's future."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(9-7-2011)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Tests at GMP: Gresham Motorsports Park was expecting one driver to test with Tommy Baldwin Racing and was surprised to see two! Steve Park and Stephen Leicht arrived early Tuesday morning to test on GMP's half-mile oval. "The test was good today. This is a good place to make changes on the car without going through a lot of tires," said TBR owner, Tommy Baldwin. "The track is beautiful! This is the first time I have been here and I was really impressed with the race track," said NASCAR driver, Steve Park. "This track is most similar to Richmond. Richmond is a little bigger and the banking is a little more dramatic than the track here, but the corners are very similar to Richmond." TBR will team up with Park for the second annual modified tribute car. Park will run the #35 "Ole Blue" Chevy to tribute owner, car-builder and mechanic Len Boehler in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25th. Fans will have the unique opportunity to sponsor the #35 "Ole Blue" Chevrolet by making contributions from $20 to $10,000. For each contribution, fans will have the opportunity to add their name to the Len Boehler tribute car that will race in the Sylvania 300. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race in the Sylvania 300, will be donated by Tommy Baldwin Racing to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Geoff Bodine will run the #35 Golden Corral Chevy in Atlanta this weekend. Stephen Leicht will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for the Cup Series race at Richmond in the #35 Pepsi Max Chevy.(Gresham Motorsports Park)(9-1-2011)
Stephen Leicht Joins TBR: Stephen Leicht will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway September 10th. As an extension of Pepsi Max's promotion with Golden Corral and TBR, Pepsi Max will adorn the hood of the #35 Pepsi Max Chevrolet piloted by Leicht. Leicht made his NASCAR debut in 2005 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). He made 71 starts in the series while driving for Yates Racing and Richard Childress Racing. The Asheville, N.C., native scored his only win in the 2007 NNS race at Kentucky Speedway while driving for Yates Racing. That same year, he finished seventh in the NNS point standings. In his 71 NNS starts, Leicht collected three top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The 24-year-old also made a start in the NSCS at Pocono Raceway with Yates Racing. He started 36th and finished 33rd. "I've always watched Stephen's career," explained TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. "He did really well when we tested a Cup car together, and I was really impressed. The opportunity came up, and we needed to fill the seat. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give Stephen a shot at racing in the Cup series."
"I'm very excited to be working with Tommy Baldwin Racing," said Leicht. "I've known Tommy since back when I raced with Robert Yates Racing in 2007, and I'm really looking forward to this opportunity to compete in the Cup series." Pepsi Max is partnering with Golden Corral to promote the brand's entrance into Golden Corral restaurants. Golden Corral has served Pepsi's robust portfolio of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages in each of its 485 locations since 2007. "We are excited to expand our presence in the sport by partnering with Tommy Baldwin Racing for this unique Pepsi MAX promotion with Golden Corral," said Rand Eyberg, Vice President National Restaurants, PepsiCo Foodservice. Leicht will get behind the wheel of a TBR Chevrolet Wednesday to test at Gresham Motorsports Park in preparation for his TBR debut at Richmond International Raceway (TBR).(8-17-2011)
Ron Fellows to Run #36 Chevy at The Glen; Blaney in the #35: Road course racing veteran Ron Fellows will get behind the wheel of the #36 Golden Corral Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Watkins Glen International August 14th. Dave Blaney will pilot the #35 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. Fellows, a three-time American Le Mans Series GT Drivers Champion, spent most of his career driving for the Corvette Racing team. He made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start in 1995 at Watkins Glen International. Since his NASCAR debut, the Canadian native made 56 starts in NASCAR's top-three series, including 22 starts in the NSCS, and talliedfour NASCAR Nationwide Series and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins. Fellows collected two second-place finishes and five top-10 finishes in his 22 NSCS starts. "I am excited to pick up where we left off last year," commented Fellows. "It is always great to be a part of the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. We had a decent qualifying run last year at the Glen, but then didn't finish the race after we were running inside the top-15. Although it is a year later, we are just looking to build on that."
"We had pretty good success last year until we were wreced halfway through the race," explained TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. "We want to finish what we started last year. It's always good to have a road course ringer, and Ron is the best of them. Dave has done a great job for us this season, so we are excited to field the 35 car for him as well."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(8-8-2011)
TBR hires new crew chief; seven crew members: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) recently hired seven key crewmembers for both the #35 and #36 teams. With the addition of the second-team, owner Tommy Baldwin hired crew chief Philippe Lopez for the #36 Chevy (for driver Dave Blaney). The new hires allowed for shifting to create two solid teams. All teams will work their first races together in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. "We have recently hired seven more people and put them in the areas they need to be to make our program better," explained Baldwin. "Philippe is a well-respected crew chief, and someone I can trust to do a good job for TBR. I'm excited that now this allows me to dedicate more time toward the future of TBR from both the competition and business sides." Lopez previously worked with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) drivers Darrell Waltrip, Ward Burton, Steve Park and Blaney. Lopez and Baldwin also worked together, as they were co-crew chiefs at Bill Davis Racing. Lopez collected four top-fives, 13 top-10s and one pole throughout his 15-year NSCS career.
"I'm excited to be with TBR," explained Lopez. "I have always worked with underdogs. I really enjoy the challenge. I look forward to helping the team grow to where I see it can. I have a lot of respect for Tommy. We both started programs two years ago. He started TBR, and I started with Nemco. He has weathered the storm and turned a start-and-park program into a full-time team. He's really the only one to do that. Tommy and I work really well together because we are such opposites. Together, we made good co-crew chiefs. I would settle him down, and he would rile me up. We evened each other out. I look forward to continuing that relationship." Lopez will reunite with Dave Blaney for a third time. The pair previously worked together in 2005 at Richard Childress Racing (#07) and 2001 at Bill Davis Racing (#93 Dodge). The twosome made 26 starts and collected two top-10 finishes. "I'm really happy to be back with Philippe," explained Blaney. "We worked together a couple of times, and we have a really good relationship."
In addition to the personnel changes, TBR is also making changes on the competition side by taking the first steps to developing their own chassis. "I am really excited about the state of TBR right now," explained Baldwin. "We are quickly moving forward with our progress on the competition side. We have completed our first phase of wind tunnel testing with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and now have the direction we need to further along our program in that department. We have also just purchased an RCR car that we will be racing next week in Kentucky. While all this has been going on, we have completed the drawings for our first TBR-designed chassis. We will start building it next week with the goal of debuting in the September New Hampshire race."(TBR)(7-1-2011)
Luke & Associates Extend Partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Florida-based Luke & Associates, Inc. extended the company's partnership to include associate placement on the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet driven by Dave Blaney. Luke & Associates previously announced a partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing fielding the #35 Luke & Associates Chevrolet driven by Geoffrey Bodine for five races. Luke & Associates will make the company's debut on both the #36 and #35 Chevys at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on July 2. Luke will run associate logos on the #36 Chevrolet for the duration of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. The company will adorn the hood of the No. 35 Luke & Associates Chevy at Daytona, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas and Homestead.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(6-30-2011)
Park and "Ole Blue" Tribute Moved to New Hampshire in September: Originally scheduled for the Coke Zero 400 in July, Steve Park will now drive the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) #35 "Ole Blue" Tribute Chevy in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 25th. With the announcement of the TBR's new partner Luke & Associates and the company's five-race deal, the team needed to shift the tribute car to another date. The team decided it was best for Steve Park to pilot the #35 "Ole Blue" Chevy in the modified country of New England. The team chose the Sylvania 300 at NHMS on Sunday, September 25th in order to give more time to raise funds for the tribute car. With a goal of $100,000, the cost to run the race, the tribute raised a mere $3,000 to this point. For each contribution starting at $20, fans will have the opportunity to add their name to the Len Boehler tribute car that will race in the Sylvania 300. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race in the Sylvania 300, will be donated by TBR to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Fans can visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com/team/ole-blue for more information and to make a contribution. "We needed to buy more time to get more fans involved," explained Baldwin. "We haven't raised near enough money yet. We picked a New England race to try to get more fans of modified racing involved, which is our goal."(TBR)(6-9-2011)
Geoff Bodine Team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will field a second car for five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season. Geoffrey Bodine will pilot the #35 Luke Associates, Inc. Chevy for all five events, starting with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) July 2nd. He will return to the Luke Associates, Inc.-sponsored Chevy at Charlotte (Oct), Talladega (Oct), Texas (Nov) and the season finale at Homestead.
Luke Associates, Inc. (Luke) is one of the largest providers of healthcare for the U.S. military and is rapidly expanding into national and local healthcare systems. Headquartered on the Space Coast of Florida, Luke formed in 2004 and has grown exponentially in the last six years. The company now has more than 1,300 medical and support personnel worldwide. Luke is responsible for recruiting, qualifying, hiring and retaining healthcare workers for positions that include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and ancillary personnel in addition to all dental positions. The company's primary focus is the company values, which include integrity, innovation, communication, community and a focus on the employees. Geoffrey Bodine made his NSCS debut in 1979. Over his 26-year NASCAR career, the Chemung, N.Y., native collected 18 wins, 100 top-fives and led over 8,600 laps. At age 62, Bodine ranks 16th all-time with 37 career poles.
TBR, formed in 2009, began the team's first full season of competition in 2011. Running all the races in 2011, TBR moved into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points early in the year guaranteeing the team a spot in the race for the first time in the team's history. The #35 Luke & Associates, Inc. Chevy will make its debut with Bodine behind the wheel of the Luke Chevy at DIS for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2nd. More details about the #35 TBR Chevy to follow. Tommy Baldwin Racing currently fields the #36 Chevy for Dave Blaney full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(6-7-2011)
AND Tommy Baldwin Racing had previously announced that Steve Park would run the "Ole Blue" Tribute #35 car at Daytona in July. TBR has moved the race date to the New Hampshire race on September 25th due to other sponsorship, choosing the later date because the donations received are far less than last year and no where near enough to run the race. New Hampshire was a given choice because it has such a deep history in modified racing.(6-8-2011)
Geoff Bodine looking for a ride: Geoff Bodine, who raced in one event last season, is wanting to return to any of the three NASCAR national touring series. "I've been trying to get a ride and a sponsor, but I've had no luck. I've talked with Tommy Baldwin [#36 Chevy in Sprint Cup]. He has really good equipment I've also talked with a Nationwide [Series] team, but you need money to go racing." Bodine, now age 62, said he is actively trying to find a way back into NASCAR. "I still think I can go out there and be competitive. If I didn't feel that way, I would not want to look bad and ruin my reputation. I'd like to be the oldest winner in NASCAR." Despite being out of the sport for almost a year now, Bodine had been keeping himself busy. "I have raced a little, but not enough," stated Bodine. Bodine also said that he has done some charity work for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Chamber of Commerce Fireball Run for Melbourne, Florida. On top of those two activities, Bodine says that he plans to run a Wheelen Modified race this year at North Wilkesboro with Danny Bagwell. In addition to the above, Bodine says that he will be opening a new store down the road called Geoff Bodine Power Sports-which will sell motorcycles, accessories, and boats. Bodine also tries to alert people about the lack of nutrition in the foods we eat. "I have to programs called Protandim and Mona-Die. They are fantastic programs. It's helping a bunch of people."(TheRacingExperts)(3-22-2011)
"Ole Blue" Chevrolet: Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of history by sponsoring the #36 "Ole Blue" Chevrolet with contributions from $20 to $10,000. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race the Coke Zero 400, will be donated by Tommy Baldwin Racing to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. For each contribution, fans will have the opportunity to add their name to the Len Boehler tribute car, as well as additional items including a 1:64 diecast #36 "Ole Blue" Chevrolet. More info at tommybaldwinracing.com/teams/ole-blue-tribute.(4-15-2011)
UPDATE: with the #36 getting sponsors for the majority of the season, announced April 27th, Dave Blaney will drive the #36 Chevy and Park will drive a 2nd TBR Chevy, the #35 at Daytona. Driving the #35 "Ole Blue" Chevrolet.(4-27-2011)
Steve Park returning to the #36 at Daytona: Tommy Baldwin Racing will team up with NASCAR veteran Steve Park for the second annual modified tribute car at Daytona International Speedway. Park will run the #36 "Old Blue" Chevy to tribute owner, car-builder and mechanic Len Boehler in the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2nd. Boehler started BRE Racing Inc in 1957. From the late 60's to the early 70's, Boehler ran a coupe modified that was beat up with dents, rusty and built with junkyard parts but had a fast big-block engine. Competitors called the car "Old Blue"ť and the name stuck. "Old Blue"ť won six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championships from 1967-69 and 1994-96 and collected over 400 feature wins in the team's 54-year history. Beginning Monday, April 18th, fans will have the opportunity to be a part of history by sponsoring the #36 "Old Blue" Chevy with contributions from $20 to $10,000. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race the Coke Zero 400, will be donated by Tommy Baldwin Racing to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.(TBR), Park ran the #36 last year at Daytona in July in a Richie Evans Tribute car and is also entered in the #35 Chevy this weekend at Talladega for Tommy Baldwin. See an image of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(4-13-2011)
Geoff Bodine to run #36 car at Pocono: 19-Sprint Cyp Series race winner and 1986 Daytona 500 winner, on Sunday at Charlotte announced he'll be in Tommy Baldwin's Sprint Cup #36 Chevy next weekend at Pocono Raceway.(MikeMulhern.net)(5-31-2010)
TBR To Feature Mohawk Northeast at Talladega: The #35 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will feature a custom Mohawk Northeast, Inc. paint scheme for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mohawk Northeast, Inc., a construction company based in Connecticut, will be prominently displayed on the Chevrolet driven by Aric Almirola this weekend. Al Heinke, President of Mohawk Northeast Inc., is excited about teaming up with TBR. "We are looking forward to partnering up with Tommy and the race team this weekend at Talladega," Heinke said. "Involvement in NASCAR is a great way to increase brand recognition and the partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing allows us to reach a group of customers outside our current base in New England." Almirola will make his season debut for TBR at a track where his career record includes a 13th place finish in the 2008 Amp Energy 500. Almirola will look to get the #35 into a race for the second time this year, and Baldwin is confident his cars will be strong this weekend.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(4-23-2010)
New driver for the #36 at Texas/Talladega: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has tapped Johnny Sauter to drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink Chevrolet for this weekend's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will mark Sauter's first time behind the wheel of the #36, which was driven by Mike Bliss for the season's first seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Sauter has driven the #35 TBR Chevy in three races in 2010, including last week at Phoenix International Raceway, where he finished 41st after qualifying in the 37th position. Sauter will also take control of the #36 for next week's race at Talladega Superspeedway. "I'm excited about having Johnny in the #36 for the next couple of races and look forward to seeing what he can do," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "He has been strong at Texas, especially in the Truck series, and I'm confident he can give us a solid performance in the Sprint Cup car. We will have him for a couple of races here before he will need to focus on his Truck Series team, and we hope to have a full-time driver for the #36 named here in the near future," he added.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), no word on Mike Bliss' plans, but looks like he is out of this ride.(4-13-2010)
Baldwin's plans for 2010: Wave Energy Drinks has provided what Tommy Baldwin said is enough for "14 fully funded races" in which not only does Tommy Baldwin Racing hope to qualify the #36 Chevy but do more than merely run a few laps and park it. Baldwin said he has enough funding lined up to do so in at least 10 other races as well -- and even plans to run a second car in "13 or 14 events" with Johnny Sauter as driver of the #35 car. Baldwin made the switch to Chevys after running Toyotas last year. The cars also will be powered this year by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing engines.(NASCAR.com)(2-6-2010)
2nd Baldwin team: UPDATE 4: per Tommy Baldwin Racing's facebook page, looks like the team will run a 2nd team at Auto Club Speedway in February with Johnny Sauter driving the #35 Tommy Baldwin Chevy, see images on my #35 Team Scheme page.(1-30-2010)
UPDATE: Sauter is scheduled to run at least three races: Auto Club in Feb., Martinsville in March and Pheonix in April.(1-31-2010)
UPDATE 2: rumors have Geoff Bodine running the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.(2-3-2010)
UPDATE 3: been told this will not happen as the team decided not to run the Shootout as it didn't have time to prepare.(2-3-2010)
UPDATE 4: Bodine says in the Elmira Star Gazette that the ride for the Shootout didn't materialize and Bodine, nor the #36 car are on theBudweiser Shootout Entry List.(2-4-2010)
Geoff Bodine hope to run some NASCAR races in 2010: Geoff Bodine came up two laps short of potentially winning the inaugural Free State 500 stock car race at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in South Africa on Sunday. Bodine, who started on the pole, was leading when his Chevy ran out of fuel with two laps remaining. Bodine, who led the most laps at 89, was credited with ninth in the American Speed Association-sanctioned event. Bodine's good run has given the 60-year-old more incentive to want to return to racing. "I wish I could get the opportunity to do some more (NASCAR) racing," Bodine said. Bodine had hoped to get a ride for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, but nothing materialized. He did hook up with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner Danny Gill in South Africa and Gill may put Bodine in one of his trucks for the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 6. Bodine said he also is working on a deal to run in NASCAR'S All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and working on a Sprint Cup deal for the second race at the Atlanta track on Sept. 5.(Elmira Star Gazette)(2-4-2010)
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4 Dean Johnson, Evelyn Andrews, Doug Keller
5 J.D. McDuffie, Jim Paschal, Jim Hurtubise
6 Stacey Witzke, Christian Elder
7 Geoff Smith, Dylan Lupton, Paul Moore, Richmond Gage
8 Susan Adamczyk (sister), Garry Hill, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Kerry Earnhardt, Jason Ratcliff, Nadine Lubejko, John Cohen, Zachary Jarrett
9 Tomy Drissi, Coy Gibbs, Brad Teague, Steve Richards
10 Mike Barrientos, Makayla Ann McSwain, Jerry Honeycut
11 Frankie Adamczyk, Mariah Belber, Eric McClure, Chris Horn, Tony Eury Sr.
12 Ed Watkins, Rick Pennington, Emerson Fittipaldi
13 Army National Guard, Jim Vandiver, Jarrett Andretti, David Stover, Mark Nickels, Michael Mumford
14 NASCAR (meeting at Streamline Hotel), Alan Kulwicki, Hershel McGriff, Darrin Dykes, Steve Hmiel, Bob Tracey, Harry McMullen
15 Jeff Beck, Eli Gold, Lance McGrew
16 A.J. Allmendinger
17 Mike Beam, Dustin Long, Matt Martin, Montgomery Lee Petty, Bobby East
18 Ted Musgrave, Vic Irvan, Tom Polansky
19 Patty Moise, Paul Tracy, Sheldon Schrader, John Monsham
20 Erin Marco, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kinsley Parsons
21 Daniel Knost, Travis Kittleson, Michael McDowell
22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Ben Kennedy, Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Jack Ingram, Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Ryan Blaney, Riley Craven, Benny Ertel, Joe Hicks, Dorthy Schrader, Beth Simons-Dykes, John Wes Townley