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#36 Team News Archive

  • Races [21] Golden Corral was the primary sponsor:
    Daytona - 2/20
    Talladega - 4/17
    Richmond - 4/30
    Darlington - 5/7
    Dover - 5/15
    Charlotte - 5/29
    Pocono - 6/12
    Daytona - 7/2
    New Hampshire - 7/17
    Pocono - 8/7
    Watkins Glen - 8/14, Ron Fellows driving
    Bristol - 8/27
    Atlanta - 9/4, Collective Soul
    Richmond - 9/10
    New Hampshire - 9/25
    Dover - 10/2
    Charlotte - 10/15
    Talladega - 10/23
    Martinsville - 10/30
    Phoenix - 11/13
    Homestead - 11/20

  • Races [6+] Big Red is scheduled to be primary sponsor:
    Martinsville - 4/3 w/All Sport Body Quencher
    Infineon - 6/26
    Kentucky - 7/9
    Indy - 7/31
    Chicago - 9/18
    Kansas - 10/9
    Texas - 11/6

  • Races [6] Accell Construction is scheduled to be primary sponsor:
    Phoenix - 2/27
    Las Vegas - 3/6
    Bristol - 3/20
    Texas - 4/9
    Kansas - 6/5
    Michigan - 8/21

  • Races [4] no sponsors scheduled to be primary sponsor:
    Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte - 5/21 - not running
    Michigan - 6/19
    Kansas - 10/9

  • 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)

  • Blaney develops kidney stones: per SceneDaily's Bob Pockrass twiiter: Mike Skinner will be in the #36 today; Dave Blaney in the #60 as Blaney developed kidney stones last night, the 60 car was going to start-and-park so Blaney will start and pull it in.(9-6-2011)

  • Collective Soul featured on the #36 at Atlanta: Collective Soul [a Jayski fave] will adorn the #36 Collective Soul/Golden Corral Chevy that Dave Blaney will drive this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hailing from Stockbridge, Ga., just 15 miles north of the speedway, Collective Soul shot to international fame with their 1993 release Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and their mega No. 1 hit "Shine." The band's sophomore album self-titled Collective Soul, released in 1995, made triple-platinum and generated three No. 1 singles. Collective Soul released five more albums with three No. 1 singles prior to 2009 when they released their latest studio effort Collective Soul. The band is currently touring and working in the studio. TBR will compete to feed America's families again this weekend. If the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top-10 in the AdvoCare 500, kids eat free (with an adult purchase) on Monday, September 5th. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the DAV.(TBR)(9-2-2011)

  • 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)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing, NASCAR Hall of Fame to Honor Richie Evans at New Hampshire: Tommy Baldwin Racing will team up with the NASCAR Hall of Fame at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to celebrate Richie Evans' upcoming induction as part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Golden Corral/HOF/Richie Evans Chevrolet for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, September 25th. TBR Development Driver Bobby Santos will drive a Richie Evans tribute #4 Mystic Missile Dodge for the New Hampshire 100 Whelen Modified Tour race on Saturday, September 24th. Evans, who is recognized as the "king" of modified racing, captured nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in a 13-year span, which included eight consecutive championships from 1978-85. "The Rapid Roman" collected multiple track championships across the Northeast and hundreds of victories, including a 37-win season during a stretch of 60 modified races in 1979. Evans was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Golden Corral and TBR will pay tribute to Evans by running an orange and light blue paint scheme modeled after the last modified Evans drove. Santos and the Mystic Missile Team will run a similar-themed modified on Saturday.(TBR)(8-26-2011)

  • Ron Fellows to Run #36 Chevy at The Glen: 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)

  • Pepsi Max joins TBR as assoc sponsor: Pepsi Max will join Golden Corral for seven races on the #36 Golden Corral Chevy this season. Pepsi Max will have associate placement on the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) machine starting at Pocono Raceway this weekend and return to the Chevy at Bristol, Richmond, Dover, Charlotte, Martinsville and Homestead. Pepsi has been a part of racing for nearly 15 years on the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. Golden Corral has served Pepsi's robust portfolio of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages in each of its 485 locations since 2007. Golden Corral joined TBR for the Daytona 500 this season and returned for 21 primary events and nine associate events. Golden Corral is currently running a season-long promotion "Racing for America's Families." If the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top-10 in any NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this season, kids get a free buffet the following Monday with a paying adult. The #36 Golden Corral Chevy will hit the track with Pepsi Max logos this weekend for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway (TBR)(8-5-2011)

  • Big Red returns to the #36 at Indy: Big Red, the Texas-based beverage company will return to the #36 Big Red Chevy this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Big Red, with its distinctive flavor and widespread distribution in 44 states, was one of the nation's fastest growing soft drink brands in 2010. Big Red, Inc. subsidiary ALL SPORT Body Quencher was the primary sponsor of the #36 Chevy at Kentucky Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Infineon Raceway and an associate sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway this season. TBR will compete to feed America's families again this weekend. If the #36 Big Red Chevy finishes in the top-10 in the Brickyard 400, kids eat free (with an adult purchase) on Monday, August 1st. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the DAV.(TBR)(7-31-2011)

  • Accell Construction adds Michigan to #36 team sponsorship: Accell Construction announced that the Oklahoma-based construction company added the Pure Michigan 400 to the company's five primary and five associate race deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR). Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Accell Construction Chevy at Michigan International Speedway Sunday, August 21st for Accell Construction's six primary race of the Sprint Cup Series season. Accell Construction is a full-service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. The company specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. The 20-year-old company operates civil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(7-13-2011)

  • Big Red to sponsor 3 different manufacturers at Kentucky: Big Red Inc. will be making history at the Inaugural Kentucky NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend. For the first time ever, Big Red will be the primary sponsor for three cars from three different manufacturers in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Mike Skinner will pilot the #60 Big Red Toyota for Germain Racing, Mike Bliss will be behind the wheel of the #32 Big Red Ford for FAS Lane Racing, and Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Big Red Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Kentucky Speedway. The Kentucky region has been a heartland for Big Red soda for the past 74 years. The company wants to reach fans on a higher level than just consumption; they want them to feel the pride through their greatest passions-Big Red and NASCAR.(Big Red PR)(7-6-2011)

  • FAS Lane Racing gets Big Red Sponsorship for Kentucky: For the second time this season, Big Red, Inc. will sponsor the #32 entry of FAS Lane Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The #32 Big Red Ford will be piloted by Mike Bliss as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Sparta, Kentucky track. "This is a historic weekend upcoming in Kentucky and we welcome the opportunity to represent the Big Red, Inc. brands once again," stated team owner Frank Stoddard. "They sponsored us earlier in the year in Texas and we discussed future races and we were presented with the opportunity to work together again this week. This FAS Lane Racing team keeps getting better each week and we look forward to a solid performance this weekend with Bliss in Kentucky." After having NASCAR Champion Terry Labonte in the No. 32 entry the last few weeks, the FAS Lane Racing team welcomes back Mike Bliss to the driving duties. The Kentucky event will mark his fifth start of the season behind the wheel of the FAS Lane Racing #32 ride for the former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. "We are excited to be able to sponsor Frank Stoddard and his FAS Lane Racing team once again," said Gary Smith, CEO of Big Red, Inc. "The team did a great job earlier this year with our sponsorship in Texas and this Kentucky event is another big one for us. We are working with some key retailers for this weekend's race and we are confident that the FAS Lane Racing team will do a great job in representing Big Red, Inc. and all of our brands."(Integrity Sports Marketing), Big Red is alos listed as the sponsors for #36-Dave Blaney and #60-Mike Skinner for the Kentucky race.(7-6-2011)

  • 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)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing teams with Indiana Wholesale Offices: Indiana Wholesale Offices will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Michigan. The Indiana-based company will be featured on the rear quarter panel of the #36 TBR Chevy, as well as the pit wall. Indiana Wholesale Offices host wholesale car dealers in the state of Indiana. The Merrillville-based company consults individuals on how to receive a wholesale license that will allow that dealer to operate anywhere in the United States.(TBR)(6-15-2011)

  • Golden Corral and TBR to Run Military Paint Scheme: Tommy Baldwin Racing and Golden Corral will team up to support the military and Disabled American Veterans this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney will drive the #36 Disabled American Veterans/Golden Corral Chevy in the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Golden Corral has a longstanding relationship with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Golden Corral restaurants hold an annual Military Appreciation Monday the Monday following Veterans Day. As part of the appreciation day, Golden Corral offers a free "thank you" meal to anyone who has served in the U.S. Military. In addition, Golden Corral restaurants collect donations for the DAV throughout the month leading up to Military Appreciation Monday. Last year, Golden Corral served more than 375,000 free "thank you" meals and collected more than $1 million for the DAV. Throughout the 10 years of the program, Golden Corral restaurants served over 2.9 million free "thank you" meals to U.S. military and raised over $5 million for the DAV. The 11th annual Military Appreciation Monday will be held on November 14, 2011.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see images of the car on the #36 Team Schemes page.(5-26-2011)

  • #36 team not running the Shootout: The Tommy Baldwin Racing team and driver Dave Blaney will not compete in the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in order to take that time and money to focus on working on the fleet of cars needed to run the rest of the NSCS schedule. Blaney will return to the track in the #36 Golden Corral Chevrolet for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 29th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(TBR)(5-18-2011)

  • #36 to run logo to support to members of the military: Manpower to Horsepower, a disabled veteran's vocational rehabilitation program, will have their logo on the #36 Golden Corral Chevy that Dave Blaney will drive at Dover as part of a campaign to show support to members of the military. With approval from the Veteran's Administration, Manpower to Horsepower is an accredited program through the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and offers a certificate program in Motorsports Management Technology for military veterans with physical disabilities.(TBR)(5-12-2011)

  • Big Red Partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing is pleased to announce that Big Red, Inc. will partner with the team for five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the 2011 season. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Big Red Chevy beginning at Infineon Raceway June 26. The #36 will also carry the Big Red colors at Kentucky, Indianapolis, Chicago and Texas. Big Red, with its distinctive flavor and widespread distribution in 44 states, was one of the nation's fastest growing soft drink brands in 2010. Big Red and its subsidiaries have held key sponsorships in many professional sports, including the PGA, LPGA, MLS, NBA, NFL and MLB, and actively participate in various youth development grassroots sports programs such as cycling, soccer and baseball. Big Red, Inc. subsidiary ALL SPORT Body Quencher was the primary sponsor of the #36 Chevy at Martinsville Speedway and an associate sponsor at Talladega Superspeedway this season. "We are very excited to work with Big Red this season," said TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. "We have worked very hard to build a successful race team. To have companies like Big Red support us is a privilege."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(4-27-2011)

  • Baldwin names 19 race sponsor for #36 team: Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced a partnership for the remainder of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Golden Corral will be the primary sponsor of the #36 Chevy for 19 of the 28 remaining NSCS races and associate sponsor for the other nine races. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Golden Corral Chevy beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Through the remainder of the season, Golden Corral and TBR will run the "Racing for America's Families" promotion for each race. Each time the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top-10, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion the immediate Monday following the top-10 event. Details of the offer include:
    · Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price at participating locations.
    · Limit of two (2) free kid's meals per adult buffet purchased.
    · Requires a printed copy of official race results from a newspaper or website.
    In addition to the "Kids Eat Free" promotion, Golden Corral will make a $5,000 donation to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) on behalf of its operators. "We are thrilled to team up with TBR and Dave and extend our already successful partnership," said Ed Gleich, VP of National Marketing for Golden Corral. "This is a great way to reward families and recognize the Disabled Veterans who have honorably served our country." Golden Corral supported TBR in both the Daytona 500 and Aaron's 499 superspeedway races. Blaney drove the #36 Golden Corral Chevy to the front in both events, including leading 21 laps at Talladega Superspeedway.
    "We are thrilled to have Golden Corral come back and support us for the rest of the season," explained TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. "Golden Corral is a well-established company, and we are proud they recognized our team's hard work and performance. We look forward to competing for a top-10 for the 'Racing for America's Families' promotion and will work hard to build successful programs with all of our partners."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(4-27-2011)

  • TBR set thru Kansas, unknown after UPDATE: on Monday's NASCAR Now on ESPN2, #36 Chevy Sprint Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin said his team will race all events through Kansas and are working on more sponsorship so driver Dave Blaney can run the full season. Baldwin says he will evaluate things after Dover when the teams come back to the Charlotte area.(4-19-2011)
    UPDATE: After leading the second-most laps (21) last Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway and coming close to scoring at least his first top 10 since 2008, Dave Blaney is hoping he and the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing team can continue to run whole races and gain on the momentum that has been building for the third-year Sprint Cup Series team. "Yeah, we've got some [races] lined up. Hopefully, we'll have something firmed up with Golden Corral soon to run a few more. And Accell Construction has been with us for a few races and are going to do a few more," Blaney told News/Talk WSB during a test Wednesday at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson. "We'll keep doing that – see how many races he can get sponsored and see how many we can afford to run. You know, funding determines how hard you can run, how much equipment you can afford to burn up." #36 team owner, Tommy Baldwin, told ESPN's NASCAR Now earlier this week that the team has funding through the June 5th Kansas Speedway race, but then would have to evaluate his Cup program after that. Blaney says that team will at least be able to go to all of the races. "For sure. We are going to go to all of them, no doubt. It's just when you get there, can you swing racing hard all day. That's the question. We have [raced hard] every race this year and hopefully can keep that going." In other words, Blaney says that the #36 team will start-and-park at races that it does not have adequate funding, a practice that is prevalent amongst smaller teams in each of NASCAR's top-three national series. The #36 has only started-and-parked once this season, after doing so in the majority of races last year.( wsbradio.com)(4-22-2011)

  • Golden Corral returns to TBR: Tommy Baldwin Racing will team up with Golden Corral in the Aaron's 499 for the second installment of the Racing for American Families promotion. Golden Corral joined forces with TBR earlier this season in the Daytona 500. TBR driver Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Golden Corral Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway. As part of the Racing for American Families promotion, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion on Monday, April 18th if Blaney and the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet finish in the top-10 in the Aaron's 499 on April 17th. In addition to the "Kids Eat Free" promotion, Golden Corral will make a $10,000 donation to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) on behalf of the #36 Golden Corral Chevrolet race team.(TBR), see an image of the car on my #36 team paint schemes page.(4-13-2011)

  • 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" 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.(4-13-2011)
    UPDATE: with the #36 getting most of the remaining 2011 races sponsored, Blaney will stay in the #36 car and Park will run the #35 "Old Blue" Chevy at Daytona.(4-27-2011)

  • All Sport Body Quencher joins up with #36 team: All Sport Body Quencher will join forces with Tommy Baldwin Racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. TBR driver Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 All Sport Body Quencher Chevy in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, April 3rd. All Sport, a subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., is one of the nation's leading sportsdrinks and has an extensive history in motorsports, including Tommy Kendall's Championship in the Trans Am series. Launched in 1937, Big Red, with its distinctive flavor and widespread distribution in 44 states, was one of thenation's fastest growing soft drink brands in 2010. "I've known Tommy for a long time and have tremendous respect for him and his program," said Gary Smith, CEO of Big Red, Inc. "We are looking forward to a great race this weekend." (Tommy Baldwin Racing)(3-31-2011)

  • Accell Construction Expands Races with Tommy Baldwin Racing: Accell Construction will expand the company's racing program with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR). The Oklahoma-based company will partner with TBR for the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and the Kansas Speedway 400 at Kansas Speedway. Accell Construction will also provide associate sponsorship for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, the AAA Texas 500 at TMS, the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and both races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Accell Construction is a full-service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. The company specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. The 20-year-old company operatescivil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S. Accell Construction partnered with Tommy Baldwin Racing at both PIR and Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season, before deciding to increase the company's involvement.(TBR)(3-11-2011)

  • TBR teaming with the Stratosphere: Tommy Baldwin Racing will team up with the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower to support charities during the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race week. TBR owner Tommy Baldwin will participate in the Dale Earnhardt Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament on March 2nd. The team will also partner with the hotel by displaying a logo for the Scale the Strat Stair Climb Event on the # 36 Accell Construction Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series event at LVMS. The Scale the Strat Stair Climb Event held March 12-13th at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower will have associate placement on the #36 Accell Construction Chevy. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower will team up with the American Lung Association in Nevada and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the event where 400 climbers will participate in a vertical road race up 1,455 steps inside the 108-floor Stratosphere Tower. The proceeds for the third annual extreme athletic event will go to prevent lung disease and promote lung health in Southern Nevada.(TBR)(3-1-2011)

  • Blaney to start & park at Phoenix, run full race at Vegas: UPDATE: Following a practice incident, Tommy Baldwin Racing decided to change plans and run the complete race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and start-and-park the race at Phoenix. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Accell Construction Chevy for the first few laps of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 this weekend and look to race all 400 miles of the Kobalt Tools 400 next weekend. A spin in the second practice at PIR caused severe damage to the frontend of the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet and forced the team to unload the backup car. With two races in the West, the #36 backup car is also the team's primary car for the race at LVMS. Due to the setup, the team decided the #36 Accell Construction Chevy would have a better chance to finish well with this car at LVMS than PIR. After consulting the sponsor, Accell Construction, TBR decided to change plans and run the complete race at LVMS rather than PIR.(TBR)(2-27-2011)
    UPDATE: NASCAR VP of Competition Robin Pemberton said he was "taken back by the statement,'' Tommy Baldwin Racing made Saturday night announcing that the team would start and park in today's race and described the announcement as "poor timing.'' While the issue of pulling a car in after a few laps is nothing new in the sport, the concept of a team announcing it ahead of time is. That's why series officials were surprised at the press release Baldwin's team issued Saturday night. The team noted that because it had to go to a backup car after Dave Blaney crashed in practice Friday and would start and park in today's race and plan to run the full distance at Las Vegas. Originally, the team planned to run Phoenix and start and park at Las Vegas. "I can't speak for Tommy and why he did it, but I just thought that it totally took us by surprise,'' Pemberton said before Sunday's race. "We know that if anybody tries to run all the races it's Tommy Baldwin. When he can he does. Quite honestly, just taken back by it, and I thought it was just poor timing on his part and that's all I've got to say about it."(Virginian-Pilot)(2-27-2011)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing gets Phoenix sponsor: Oklahoma-based Accell Construction will partner with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sunday. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Accell Construction Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix. Accell Construction is a full-service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. The Oklahoma company specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. The 20-year old company operates civil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S. Although this will be the first NSCS race for Accell Construction, the company partnered with teams in the NASCAR Camping World Series and ARCA Racing Series in the past.(TBR)(2-24-2011)

  • Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing Team Up for Daytona: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will team up with Golden Corral in the Daytona 500 for their Racing for American Families promotion. TBR driver Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Golden Corral Chevy at the Daytona International Speedway. As part of the Racing for American Families promotion, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion on Monday, February 21st if Blaney and the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finish in the top-10 in the Daytona 500 on February 20th. Details of the offer include:
    * Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price.
    * Limit of 2 free kid's meals per adult buffet purchased.
    * Requires a printed copy of official race results from a newspaper or website.
    * This special promotional offer only redeemable on Monday, February 21, 2011.
    "We are fortunate to have a partner in Tommy Baldwin Racing and Dave Blaney and would enjoy treating America's Kids to a free meal on Monday if Dave has a top-10 finish," said Ed Gleich, Vice President of Marketing for Golden Corral. "Dave Blaney and Tommy Baldwin know their way around Daytona, and we hope American families join Golden Corral in cheering them on to a top-10 finish. Golden Corral will also donate $10,000 to the Disabled American Veterans organization if the No. 36 finishes in the top-10."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(2-20-2011)

  • Blaney to drive Baldwin's #36 on 2011: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced that the team will run the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy in its third year of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 in all 36 events and will kick off the season with the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20th. The team will complete 16 events and look to add more events through innovative partnership packages. Although TBR will attempt to qualify each week, the team will target 16 races to complete until proper funding is found to complete the remaining 20 events. Going into the season opener in Daytona, the targeted races include: two races at Daytona, Phoenix, Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond and New Hampshire, as well as events at Darlington, Infineon, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. "Our plan is in place to compete in 16 events with or without sponsorship," explained Baldwin. "We would definitely love to bring a sponsor on board to support our team in those 16 races and more. We will continue to seek more funding and add to our schedule by developing unique and customized packages for potential partners. We have put together a comprehensive package for partners looking for an economical entrance into the sport of NASCAR."
    In addition to reuniting with TBR this season, Blaney will work with Tommy Baldwin as his crew chief again. The Hartford, Ohio, native made six starts in the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy during the 2010 NSCS season with a season-best finish of 30th at Richmond International Raceway. Baldwin worked as Blaney's crew chief for two seasons at Bill Davis Racing. "I am very excited to get back into the #36 Chevy," explained Blaney. "TBR ended the year with great promise and rebuilt their fleet of cars in the off-season. With that and our previous experience together, I think we will hit the ground running." The TBR team will head to Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, January 20 to participate in the open test for the Daytona 500 before returning to the World Center of Racing for the biggest race of the NSCS season, the Daytona 500. TBR's driver development program, Heinke-Baldwin Racing, will also compete in various NASCAR series in 2011.(Tommy Baldwin Racing/Heinke-Baldwin Racing), for more information on partnership opportunities, contact Heather Lumpp at heather@heinkebaldwinracing.com.(1-17-2011)

    2010 News Archive

  • Blaney uninjured in car wreck: Dave Blaney was uninjured in an auto accident Sunday night when he hit a deer while returning home from the airport after the Texas race.(Roanoke Times)(11-10-2010)

  • TBR gets associate sponsor for Talladega and Phoneix: The #36 Chevy of Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will feature Wholesale Controls International as an associate sponsor for the Amp Energy 500 on October 31 at Talladega Superspeedway and for the upcoming race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, team owner Tommy Baldwin announced. Wholesale Controls International, an HVAC supply parts company, will be displayed on the lower quarter panel of the Chevy driven by Dave Blaney this weekend and at Phoenix.(TBR)(10-29-2010)

  • Yeley to run at four of five final races: J.J. Yeley has announced his plans for four out of the five remaining races in the 2010 season as well as his intensions for 2011. Yeley will once again be behind the wheel of the #81 car for Whitney Motorsports at Martinsville (Dodge) and Phoenix (Chevy) and will pilot the #36 Tommy Baldwin Chevy at Texas and Homestead. That makes Talladega the only event left in 2010 where Yeley does not have a ride, something he is hoping to change should the right opportunity arise. This weekend at Martinsville will mark the final scheduled event for Yeley in a Whitney Motorsports Dodge as the team prepares to switch to Chevys. The potential that the change in manufacturer brings is exciting for Yeley as he returns to his hometown track in the Arizona desert. "I sat in the Phoenix Chevy this week. It's ready to roll and I'm looking forward to going to my hometown track with good equipment and good horsepower." As for 2011, Yeley said, "I'm hoping that I've proven that I can go out there and out-qualify some teams that have big funding with cars that at times, were viewed by some as obsolete. We've gone out there and run really good lap times. I'd love the opportunity to get back out there and race full-time and drive the complete race distance (see full PR at jjyeley.com)(10-22-2010)

  • Steve Park returns to race at the site of his biggest win: Most race fans remember Steve Park’s last NASCAR Winston Cup victory. Coming just one week after car owner’s Dale Earnhardt tragic death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Park edged Bobby Labonte for the emotional win in the Dura Lube 400. The track? The Rockingham Speedway. Park makes his return to the track for the Oct. 9, 2010 running of the ARCA Racing Series. “It is always great to have former winners back to race at ‘The Rock,’” said track president Andy Hillenburg. “Steve’s win here was one of the most memorable races I have ever seen, being such a fantastic finish and coming on the heels of such tragedy for that team and race fans everywhere. We are thrilled to have him back racing at Rockingham in the American 200.”
    Also scheduled to race in the American 200 is Ricky Carmichael. A 30-year-old native of Clearwater, Fla., Carmichael is best known for his successful motocross career which includes 10 AMA Motocross Championships, five AMA Supercross Championships, and two World Supercross Championships. Carmichael has driven to six top-10 finishes in 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. Rockingham will mark Carmichael’s fifth ARCA Series start of the year, with a best finish of seventh in the season-opener at Daytona.
    For more info about the American 200 race weekend, annual Thunderfest in downtown Rockingham and tickets for the races, contact the Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit www.rockinghamspeedway.com. Tickets, starting at $20 in advance, and suite packages are still available.(Rockingham Speedway)(10-5-2010)

  • Chase Suites to sponsor two teams at Kansas: Chase Suite Hotel, Overland Park, KS will be the home away from home for the teams of Tommy Baldwin Racing and Latitude 43 Motorsports. As part of the program, the Chase Suite logo will adorn the #36 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing and the #26 Ford of Latitude 43 Motorsports in the running of the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. The partnership is highlighted by a special autograph session in the hotel on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. as drivers #36-JJ Yeley and #26-Patrick Carpentier will be in attendance to greet fans and employees of the hotel during this appearance. The hotel is located across the street from the Overland Park Convention Center and the event is open to the public.(Chase Suite Overland Park/Integrity Sports Marketing)(9-29-2010)

  • TBR & Wave Energy Drink still working together: Wave Energy Drink is still very involved with #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing and the Wave Franchise that Baldwin owns in the New York City and Long Island areas. Wave has neither parted ways or downsized the budgets initially set in place with TBR, however both decided to reallocate funds from the racing program to support the business side of launching the product on to store shelves in key market areas. The mutual goal is to grow this business up to the point that the race team is funded properly and becomes a competitive force in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Wave Energy Drink remain on the #36 Chevy each week as an associate sponsor and will do so for the remainder of the 2010 season.(WED)(8-26-2010)

  • Yeley replaced by McDowell in the #46? Chevy? UPDATE2: have not seen anything 'official' but on J.J. Yeley's Twitter, Yeley says he is out of the #46 Whitney Motorsports Dodge Sprint Cup Series ride and Michael McDowell is in, starting at Atlanta Sept 5th. No word who will drive the #55 PRISM Motorsports Toyoya McDowell has driven most of the 2010 season. McDowell said on his Facebook that he will be releasing an update soon on his Sprint Cup plans as he doesn't want the rumor mill to get ahead of him too much.
    and later Yeley added on his Twitter ""Went and got my stuff today from the Shop. Never heard from the owner at all. I guess they are getting New cars and Chevy engines. Must B nice", so the team may be switching from Dodge to Chevy?(8-24-2010)
    UPDATE: Michael McDowell will replace J.J. Yeley in the #46 Sprint Cup car for Whitney Motorsports, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.(SceneDaily)(8-25-2010)
    UPDATE 2: looks like Yeley will be in the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy at Atlanta per J.J. Yeley's Twitter.(8-25-2010)

  • Blaney to run for two teams: Dave Blaney thought his NASCAR Sprint Series racing was done for the year when he quit his association with Prism Motorsports [#66/#55 Toyota's] before the Michigan race Aug. 15, but the crankshaft gods had other plans. Blaney didn’t skip a beat as he joined two racing teams to finish out the remaining 12 dates on the 2010 schedule. “I guess I just got to the point where I thought I wasn’t going anywhere,” Blaney said on Tuesday, a few weeks after parting ways with Prism. “It finally wore me down. I was going to be OK being done and not going back to any races this year, but then drivers started moving around a little and a couple seats opened up. So, I’ll finish out most of the year and see what happens.” Just when Blaney thought he’d use the down time watching the racing career of his son, Ryan, Dave got a call from Tommy Baldwin of Tommy Baldwin Racing. “We tried to run Bristol [Aug. 21], but didn’t make the race, but, between Baldwin and the 38 [or 34 & 37] of Front Row Motorsports — those two cars — I’ll probably run the majority of the races left.” As Blaney spoke, he was en route to Statesville, N.C. to finalize his plans with the Front Row team that will run Dave in six races. He’ll run five or six others in Baldwin’s #36. “I’ll jump back and forth between the two teams,” Blaney said of his latest arrangement. While FRM races every week (no start-and-park gimmick), Baldwin’s will be a mix. “I might get to race [full distance] the majority of them [the 12]. I don’t know for sure, but looks like I’ll, at least, have something else to go run. That may lead to something down the road or maybe not.” The Front Row seat opened on Aug. 13 when Kevin Conway and the #34 lost its ExtenZe Racing sponsorship. “It sounds like I’m going to run six races and Tony Raines will run the other six,” Blaney said of his schedule split with Front Row. With Baldwin, Blaney assumes the seat vacated when Baldwin lost Casey Mears, who jumped in the #13 car that Max Papis was in. “I got a couple chances to jump in here and there,” Blaney said. Of Blaney’s newest teams, Front Row is the better funded, running three cars fulltime. “Most weeks, either Long John Silver’s or Taco Bell is on the #38,” Blaney said. Sponsors for Baldwin aren’t as steady. Front Row’s other two teams are the 34 of Travis Kvapil and the #37 of Dave Gilliland.(Vindicator), no word which races for which team yet.(8-25-2010)

  • Fellows driving for Baldwin at Watkins Glen: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that former Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows will drive the #36 Chevy this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Fellows, who has earned three top-5 Sprint Cup finishes and three Nationwide victories at Watkins Glen, is one of the best road-course racers in the sport.(Tommy Balwin Racing)(8-4-2010)

  • Mears not returning to the #83 after Infineon? UPDATE 3: Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Casey Mears will not return to the #83 Red Bull Racing Toyota when the series returns to oval tracks at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27. Road course expert Mattias Ekstrom will drive the car this weekend at Infineon Raceway, and no decision has been made on who will fill the seat for the remainder of the season. Mears took over the ride when Brian Vickers was sidelined by blood clots last month at Dover, with a best finish of 22nd and an average finish of 27.5 He finished 36th at Michigan last weekend after becoming involved in a crash with teammate #82-Scott Speed. (Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway)(6-15-2010)
    UPDATE: hearing that Reed Sorenson, currently a part-time Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver for Braun Racing [#32 Toyota] is the leading candidate for the #83 ride.(6-16-2010)
    UPDATE2: Reed Sorenson will drive the #83 Red Bull Toyota beginning with the June 27 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Red Bull Racing Team announced Wednesday. Sorenson will replace Casey Mears. “Our unique situation has afforded us the opportunity to try some different things, and we’re continuing to do that with Reed,” said Jay Frye, RBRT’s vice president and general manager. “We appreciate Casey’s work and everything he’s done the past five weeks.” Sorenson, 24, made his Sprint Cup debut in October 2005 at Atlanta. He’s made 148 Cup starts — three this season — with five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. His best season came in 2007 when he earned three top fives and six top 10s, including his first pole at Indianapolis. In May at Dover, Mears began filling in for #83 driver Brian Vickers, who will miss the remainder of the season while he continues to recover from blood clots.(Red Bull Racing)(6-16-2010)
    UPDATE 3: “Michigan was really our first legitimate chance to run together,” Mears said of the opportunity to work with [crew chief Jimmy] Elledge. “Right about the time we got into Scott is about the time things started going right. I think we were going in the right direction but we never got the chance to see it to completion.” Mears is keeping his options open. He’s spoken with Tommy Baldwin about a possible return to TBR, where he qualified the #36 Chevrolet 13th at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season and ran in the top 25 all day. “It’s a long year,“ Mears said. “Jay said before the season’s out there might be an opportunity to do something again. My best run was with Tommy earlier this year. He’s running ECR (Earnhardt Childress Racing) engines — so there’s good power. I want to do whatever I can.”(FoxSports)(6-16-2010)

  • Geoff Bodine to run #36 car at Pocono: In the midst of a news conference for the Legends Million, Geoff Bodine revealed he would attempt to make the field for next week's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in a [#36] Chevrolet fielded by Tommy Baldwin. Bodine, 61, last started a Cup race in 2004 and last raced full time in the series in 1999. He has 18 Cup wins. Bodine also will compete for a share of the $1 million purse in the Legends Million, scheduled for July 15-17 at Charlotte. The winner of the A-Main feature in the world's most lucrative race for Legends Cars will earn $250,000.(Sporting News)(5-31-2010)

  • Steve Park to run Cup race at Daytona? UPDATE: from the Tommy Baldwin Racing Facebook page: "Steve Park & TBR Daytona july race. We [Tommy Baldwin Racing] want to do a Richie Evans replica design", posted by TBR.(5-22-2010)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Steve Park announced that they will be entering a fan sponsored, Richie Evans tribute car at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 3. The #36 Chevy will feature a throwback orange and black paint scheme with the fans’ names sponsoring the car integrated into the design. Richie Evans, “The King of Modified Racing”, won eight consecutive Modified Championships from 1978 to 1985. In 1979, Evans posted 54 top-five finishes in 60 Modified races. From Quebec to Florida, Evans racked up more than 400 career victories. His achievements have been heralded by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame as, “One of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports.”
    “Richie Evans is one of the guys we all worked hard to beat and to be around,” Baldwin said. “I always looked up to him." Evans was fatally injured at the age of 44 during practice for the Winn-Dixie 500 Triple header at Martinsville Speedway in 1985. At the time of the accident he had already clinched the Winston Modified Tour championship, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour. "I hope that this will be the first in a line of tributes to some of the best racers in the world who inspired me and many others - modified racers,” Baldwin said. Two-time Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park will drive the TBR machine in the Daytona race. This will be Park’s first trip back to Daytona since he won the pole in 2003. “I’m extremely honored to be driving a car that pays homage to one of the greatest race car drivers of all time,” said Park. “Richie is respected by so many drivers and he really made his mark in this sport. This is a really neat way to get the fans involved while paying homage to one of the greats.”Fan sponsors will choose from different tiers of sponsorship that range from $20 -$10,000 allowing them to actively participate in a memoriam of the greatest racers in the Modified Series, a junior league to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. More info at the Tommy Baldwin Racing website.(5-27-2010)

  • Vickers to skip Dover due to medical condition UPDATE blood clots: Red Bull Racing Team officials announced that due to a recent diagnosis of a medical condition, Brian Vickers will not compete in this weekend's NASCAR racing activities at Dover International Speedway. Vickers, age 26, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, was hospitalized Wednesday evening and continues to undergo testing and further evaluation. Casey Mears has been selected to drive for the team this weekend. "It is unfortunate that I will not be able to participate in the Dover race. Casey is a good friend of mine, and I know he will do his best for the #83 team this weekend," said Vickers. "Our main concern right now is with Brian and his health and recovery", said Jay Frye, RBRT General Manager and Vice President. "All things are looking good at the moment; this is just a minor setback. We appreciate Casey filling in this weekend and know he will represent the team well."(Red Bull Racing)
    Mears was scheduled to run the #36 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Johnny Sauter will be in the #36 Chevy at Dover.(5-13-2010)
    AND #83-Brian Vickers was being treated Thursday for an undisclosed medical condition that will prevent him from racing this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Red Bull Racing said Vickers was hospitalized Wednesday night and being held for further testing. The team did not reveal where he was hospitalized, although Vickers was scheduled to visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and tour the Capitol with U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. Red Bull said Casey Mears will replace Vickers this weekend in the #83 Toyota. "It is unfortunate that I will not be able to participate in the Dover race," Vickers said in a statement. "Casey is a good friend of mine, and I know he will do his best for the #83 team this weekend." Red Bull general manager Jay Frye called Vickers' illness a "minor setback."
    "Our main concern right now is with Brian and his health and recovery," Frye said. "All things are looking good at the moment, this is just a minor setback. We appreciate Casey filling in this weekend and know he will represent the team well." He's currently ranked 20th in the standings, but only 160 points out of the 12th Chase qualifying position. Missing a start almost certainly will make it impossible for Vickers to make the Chase this season.(Associated Press/ESPN)(5-13-2010)
    UPDATE: Brian Vickers has multiple blood clots in his veins that will keep him out of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway and off the track for the unforeseeable future. Jay Frye, the general manager of Red Bull Racing, confirmed Vickers' medical condition on Friday at Dover. On the advice of the team's physician, Vickers entered an undisclosed hospital in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night complaining of chest pains. It was discovered several clots had developed in his veins, including one in or around his lungs and one in his legs. Vickers was immediately put on high dosages of medication to thin his blood and break up the clots. When it became apparent he would not be able to drive this weekend, Red Bull officials contacted Casey Mears as Vickers' replacement. Frye said there is no timetable for Vickers' return to the track. "In our press release [Thursday] we said this is a minor setback," Frye said. "It is a minor setback in a young man's life and career. Obviously it is a major setback for the race team and this weekend. As far as a timetable for his return, we're not sure." Missing the race likely will end any chance the 26-year-old Vickers has of making the 12-driver Chase for the championship for the second straight season. He is 20th in points, 160 points out of the 12th and final spot for the 10-race playoff. By missing a race, he will lose at least 156 points to the 12th spot and up to 190 to the race winner. "He's a long-term player with Red Bull Racing," Frye said. "Our main concern is his health." Frye, without being specific, said some of the things Vickers does as a driver on a daily basis could have contributed to the condition. He discounted the condition had anything to do with Vickers breathing a heavy dose of carbon monoxide inside his car after a recent incident at Texas. "At Texas we had damage," Frye said. "We had to park the car early because of stuff going on inside the cockpit. In conversations with Brian, that never was mentioned." Frye said there was a chance Vickers could be released from the hospital as early as Friday, adding the uncertainty made it necessary for the team to move forward with Mears in the #83 car. He indicated having Vickers take the first lap on Sunday, which would allow the driver to keep any points the car earned in the race, was not an option. Frye did not sound optimistic that Vickers would be in the car for next week's All-Star Race at Charlotte. He was unsure if another driver could drive the car in the non-points event that Vickers qualified for by winning at Michigan last season. "There's really no hurry for him to get out," Frye said of Vickers. "Our real focus is to get through the weekend and then evaluate. We'll know more next week. There are questions about the All-Star Race. Are we in or out? I am trying to get clarification." NASCAR doctors must give Vickers clearance before he can race again. Spokesman Ramsey Poston said the governing body is working in conjunction with the team.(ESPN)(5-14-2010)

  • Insurance Co. to sponsor #36 at Richmond: The #36 Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will feature H.D. Segur, Inc. for this weekend’s Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway. H.D. Segur, Inc., a full-service independent insurance agency headquartered in Cheshire, CT, will be displayed on the Chevy driven by Casey Mears this weekend. In a statement released by H.D. Segur, Inc., owners Carl Temme, Bill Morris and Scott Sundberg said they are excited about their decision to participate in the sponsorship of Tommy Baldwin and the race team this weekend. “Sponsorship of TBR and involvement with NASCAR offers us a unique opportunity to expand the name recognition of the company beyond our traditional marketing area to a broad base of potential new customers,” they stated.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(4-28-2010)

  • Mears named to #36 ride: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has named Casey Mears driver of the #36 Chevy, team owner Tommy Baldwin announced. Mears will be behind the wheel of the #36 starting this weekend at Richmond International Raceway for the Heath Calhoun 400. Mears takes over for Johnny Sauter, whose two-race stint as driver of the #36 ended this past weekend at Talladega, where he finished 41st. “I’m excited to have Casey on board with the #36 and TBR,” Baldwin said. “It’s nice to have someone behind the wheel that is not only marketable but a proven driver as well. We look forward to getting out there at Richmond and seeing what we can do.” Mears began the year driving for #90-Keyed-Up Motorsports and also served as #11-Denny Hamlin’s backup driver after Hamlin’s knee surgery. Mears is eagerly anticipating another chance in the Sprint Cup Series. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to go racing again,” Mears said. “Tommy is working hard over at TBR and he is really looking to build something there. It’s great to be part of that and I’m looking forward to this weekend at Richmond.”(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(4-27-2010)

  • #36 TBR Chevy to pay tribute to Tommy Baldwin Sr. at Talladega: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and Baldwin Automotive have joined together for the Aaron’s 499 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The partnership will include a custom paint scheme for the #36 Chevy driven by Johnny Sauter. The car pays homage to the paint scheme Tommy Baldwin Sr., team owner Tommy Baldwin’s father, used on his modified coupe in the early 1970’s. “I loved hanging out at the track with my dad when I was a kid and this was one of the first paint schemes I remember him having on his car,” Baldwin said. “This was when he first started running the No. 7 car and when I think about him racing in those days, this is what I picture. I’m excited about the way the #36 Baldwin Automotive Chevy looks and I can’t wait to get it out on the track.” Baldwin continued, “It was great partnering with Baldwin Automotive for the scheme and I look forward to having a strong run for them in the No. 36. I have a lot of confidence in our superspeedway program and having Johnny behind the wheel for one more week.” Sauter will make his second and final start in the #36 Chevy this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, a track at which he has had some success in the past. Sauter has finished in the top-16 in three of this four Sprint Cup Series starts at the track.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on my #36 Team Schemes page.(4-22-2010)

  • 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)(4-13-2010)

  • Bliss named to the #09 ride: Mike Bliss and Tommy Baldwin Racing [#36 Checy] have parted ways, effective immediately. Bliss will replace Aric Almirola at Phoenix Racing. Bliss ran five of the first seven races for Baldwin. He failed to qualify at Bristol and last week at Phoenix. TBR is currently 38th in owner points. “Mike has been rock solid in qualifying with a Cup car,” Phoenix crew chief Marc Reno said. “We were struggling and we have to make races to keep our guys working. We’re trying to survive until we can land a sponsor. Everybody loves Aric. But we needed someone that could qualify for races. (Owner) James (Finch) has helped Aric out in trucks and if we were in a better position, we’d love to bring him up to speed in Cup as well.”(FoxSports)(4-13-2010) Share

  • Start #100 for Bliss: Mike Bliss' next Sprint Cup start will be the 100th of his career. Bliss is scheduled to attempt to make the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy.(TBR)(3-25-2010)

  • Said, Cook and Bliss just riding the wave for now: On the “other side” of the garage these first few races of 2010 are three drivers whose teams are in similar situations. All veterans, #26-Boris Said, #46-Terry Cook, and #26-Mike Bliss find themselves in a difficult position where funding wholly determines which races they run the distance in and which ones they park early.
    Bliss has had funding on the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy from Wave Energy drink and is running the distance in those races, but since only half the races are funded by either Wave or other companies, he is realistic that he may have to begin start and parking. He says that he has no idea what Baldwin will choose to do in those races and that he will simply do what he is told. His start to the season has seen his Chevy show some speed, but the finishes have not backed that up after crashing in two of the first three events.
    Boris Said’s #26 Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford team, which bought the owner points from the now-defunct Roush Fenway #26 entry, is also locked into the first five races. While the team DNF’d at both California and Talladega, Said says Sunday’s race in Atlanta should be different. “This weekend, we are planning on running the whole race. We’ve got a motor to run the whole race.” Said also says that the team’s future races depend solely on sponsorship.
    Finally, Terry Cook, technically signed up to run for Rookie of the Year honors, has failed to qualify for three races in the #46 Whitney Motorsports Dodge. When asked if he would start and park his unsponsored entry if he made a race this year, he shrugged and said he would only do as he was directed.(Frontstretch)(3-6-2010)

  • New look for the #36 at Atlanta: Wave Energy Drink will be unveiling the new 2010 paint scheme this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Wave Energy Drink Chevy for Mike Bliss. Bliss is schedules to make his 99th career Sprint Cup Series start. Baldwin on the Kobalt Tools 500: “We are excited to have Wave Energy Drink back on board as the primary sponsor for Sunday’s race. They will be unveiling the new 2010 paint scheme, and it looks great. Atlanta is one of Mike’s favorite tracks so we are looking forward to getting out there and putting together a strong run.”(TBR), see image of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)

  • #36 to feature “Scale the Strat” decal: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has partnered with the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino to support “Scale the Strat,” an event in Las Vegas on March 13-14 that will raise funds to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #36 Kim Kardashian Fragrance/Sephora.com Chevy driven by Mike Bliss will feature a “Scale the Strat” decal at the Shelby American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Scale the Strat,” an annual event organized by the American Lung Association and Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, features a 108-floor, 1,455-step vertical ascent inside the world-famous Stratosphere Tower.
    “Scale the Strat” is not for beginners. It is the sort of stair climb that is usually experienced only by emergency personnel, fire fighters or police. The first 26 flights are configured like a typical stairwell, while the upper flights are suspended inside the middle of the hollow tower with open air on each side. Individuals and teams will race for the fastest times and most fundraising dollars, more info at www.scalethestrat.com. Participants must be at least 21-years old.(TBR)(2-23-2010)

  • 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)

  • Pink scheme for Bliss at Vegas: As part of a contest / promotion, looks like the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy that Mike Bliss will drive in 2010, will have a pink paint scheme at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Shelby American Sprint Cup Series race, promoting the Sephora's Live Like Kim Kardashian Sweepstakes.(see more on my Racing Contest page or kimkardashian.celebuzz.com), see an image of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page.(2-3-2010)

  • 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)

  • #36 team names crew chief: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced that Kevin Buskirk will serve as the crew chief for the #36 Chevy driven by Mike Bliss. “I’m excited to have Kevin Buskirk on board as he brings a lot of experience to the race team,” said team owner Tommy Baldwin. “It’s nice to have someone I have full confidence in working on the #36. Now I can relax a little on the car side of things and shift more of my focus to building the Tommy Baldwin Racing business.” Buskirk most recently served as crew chief for the #19 Richard Petty Motorsports car driven by Elliot Sadler in 2009. Buskirk is a NASCAR team veteran and also has previous experience with Robert Yates Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. He won two races as race engineer at Robert Yates Racing with Elliot Sadler in 2004 and was part of six race victories with the #29 Richard Childress Racing car driven by Kevin Harvick. Buskirk’s victories at Richard Childress Racing include Harvick’s Daytona 500 victory in 2007.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(1-25-2010)

  • Baldwin team switches to Chevy: #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing has switched to Chevy for the 2010 season with Mike Bliss as the driver. The team will run Earnhardt Childress engines. The team ran Toyota last season. their first, with many drivers. See an image of the car on my #36 Team Schemes page.(1-20-2010)

    2009 News Archive

  • 2010 ride for McDowell? Michael McDowell, who started 2009 in the #47 JTG Racing Toyota before bouncing around at the end of the year while looking for a ride [including running some of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series races in the #36 Toyota], reported that he has a deal for 2010. He posted a message on Twitter Thursday morning that, "Got my NNS deal signed and done. Story to come by Jan 1 no more start and park"(12-17-2009)

  • Bliss in the #36?: hearing that Mike Bliss will drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink car for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2010.
    UPDATE: Mike Bliss will pilot the #36 Wave Energy Drink race car for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2010 and Michael McDowell will continue his marketing relationship with the sponsor. After careful consideration, Baldwin chose Mike Bliss to lead his 2010 program. “Mike brings a lot of experience to the table and next year, we’re stepping everything up,” said Baldwin. “He gives us the best chance to qualify for the Daytona 500 and get ourselves in the top-35 in points after the first five events of the 2010 season. I’m very excited to have him on board along with our sponsor, Wave Energy Drink,” he added. Driver Michael McDowell, who closed out the 2009 season for Tommy Baldwin Racing, will still play a vital part of sponsor Wave Energy Drink’s future marketing plans. McDowell is slated to drive in several select Sprint Cup events in a Wave Energy Drink-sponsored car in 2010. With the driver lineup and sponsor representation secured for next year, Baldwin is revved up about the future of his race team and relationship with sponsor, Wave Energy Drink. “We’ve got a great deal of energy coming together at the right time,” said Baldwin. “Our plan is to keep Bliss and McDowell involved in our racing program and as brand ambassadors for Wave Energy Drink. Both of these guys are very talented both on the racetrack and off the track. Now we’ll be able to take this program to the next level with our own version of the ‘Mike and Mike Show’,” he added.(Wave Energy Drink site)(12-3-2009)

  • Wave Energy to sponsor #36 team in 2010: Wave Energy Drink has agreed to an extension of their NASCAR Sprint Cup sponsorship program with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2010 and will appear as the primary sponsor in 14 select events, beginning with the Daytona 500 next February. Wave Energy Drink will be an associate sponsor for the remaining 2010 races and will be the primary sponsor for the All-Star race in May. In addition to the Daytona 500, Wave Energy Drink will appear as the primary sponsor at the following 2010 events: Atlanta (3/7), Texas (4/18), Richmond (5/1), Charlotte (5/22 & 5/30), Michigan (6/13), Daytona (7/3), Watkins Glen (8/8), Atlanta (9/5), Dover (9/26), Kansas (10/3), California (10/10), Texas (11/7) and Homestead (11/21).(Wave Energy PR)(11-21-2009)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing to be featured on MSNBC show: Tommy Baldwin Racing will be featured on MSNBC's "Your Business" Program this Sunday, November 15th at 7:30am/et. Producers of the hit small business show were recently in town to do a feature story on NASCAR team partner, Tommy Baldwin Racing and how their small-business approach pays dividends through its sponsorship with Wave Energy Drink. Back in October, the MSNBC production crew attended the Bank of America 500 NASCAR event at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, spending the days in between filming several segments from the race shop headquarters of Tommy Baldwin Racing. At the race track, cameras filmed the frenetic pace of the #36 Wave Energy Drink team, while a boom microphone jostled for space in the tight garage. When not filming in the garage area, cameras trailed Baldwin and Wave Energy Drink executives through the entire property-in the team transporter, on pit road for qualifying and behind closed doors for proprietary meetings.
    The Tommy Baldwin Racing/Wave Energy Drink program will air this Sunday, November 15th at 7:30am/et with a rebroadcast on Saturday, November 21st at 5:30am. On November 16th, the episode will be featured on MSNBC's "Your Business" official website and can be viewed any time, along with a complete transcript. The show, hosted by J.J. Ramberg, focuses on the world of America's small business entrepreneurs, featuring profiles, news, tips and advice. The shows official website can be found by visiting, yourbiz.msnbc.msn.com.(11-14-2009)

  • Richardson to drive #36 at Talladega: UPDATE: Robert Richardson Jr. will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway behind the wheel of Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota. Richardson Jr. has four career starts at the famed Alabama track. He has posted a top-20 finish in all four outings at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. The 26-year-old driver has completed 98 percent of the laps he has attempted and has led one lap around the monstrous track. Mahindra Tractors will appear as the primary sponsor of the #36 Toyota as they attempt to run all 188 laps this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.(TBR/Everest-Marketing Group)(10-27-2009)
    UPDATE: Wave Energy Drink announced their support of Mahindra Tractors as the primary sponsor on Tommy Baldwin's #36 Toyota this weekend at Talladega. Though Wave recently announced their sponsorship extends through the remainder of the 2009 season, this event was previously sold into Baldwin's program. Wave will still be on the car as an associate sponsor at Talladega. "We welcome them on board and wish Robert Richardson and Mahindra Tractors all the best this weekend at Talladega," said Jason Wolter, Wave VP of Marketing. "We're glad that Tommy [Baldwin] has some additional support for this event-anything that makes his program stronger helps us all bring synergy to a deserving program," he added.(Wave Energy Drink)(10-28-2009)

  • Wave Energy Expands #36 Sponsorship for rest of season: Wave Energy Drink announced an expansion of its current six-race deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver of the #36 Toyota, Michael McDowell, to include the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR season. The company initially signed an agreement in August 2009 to take advantage of six key dates, but the success and brand exposure for Wave Energy Drink led to increased involvement. Wave Energy Drink will now appear as the primary sponsor of the #36 Toyotas through the Miami-Homestead season finale on November 22,, 2009. Tommy Baldwin Racing will now also experience full branding of the race cars, team uniforms and fire suits. Wave Energy Drink also plans to make a big splash at Lowe’s Motor Speedway during the Bank of America 500 Weekend on October 15-17th. Wave will share a presence outside the race track for product sampling and giveaways. In addition, Wave Energy Drink-themed golf carts will circulate on the property with the assistance of several brand ambassadors. For more information on Wave Energy Drink, please visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest-Marketing Group)(10-15-2009)

  • McDowell in the #36; Carpentier out UPDATE: Michael McDowell will drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink Toyota of Tommy Baldwin Racing beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Patrick Carpenitier is no longer driving the #36 because of a business conflict in Canada. McDowell has been driving full-time in NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota during the 2009 season and captured five top-10 finishes.(TBR PR), Carpentier was scheduled to run the #36 at Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and California. Mike Skinner was scheduled to run in the final six races. No word if Skinner or McDowell will run those races.(9-10-2009)
    UPDATE: After being confirmed as the driver of Tommy Baldwin Racing's car #36 for six races, Patrick Carpentier has been pulled out of it after only one of his six scheduled starts. According to the website Jayski.com [via a TBR PR], Carpentier is no longer driving car #36 because of a business conflict in Canada. The possibility of a conflict between Carpentier being a Canadian citizen and the objectives of a new sponsor of the team was mentioned by some sources contacted by RueFrontenac.com.
    Carpentier and Baldwin have confirmed Jayski.com's report. "We left on good terms," said Carpentier. "Obviously it's difficult for me to put aside everything that I prepare for my future in Canada just to qualify the car, run some laps and quit due to the lack of funds." Baldwin has similar thoughts. "Times are tough for everyone, but even more for small companies like us," said the owner and crew chief. "It's just normal that Patrick finds it difficult to put his life on hold whenever we need him and that it's simply to qualify the car." Moreover, with budget cuts everywhere in NASCAR, even Baldwin has had, in recent weeks, difficulties in purchasing enough sets of tires needed for practice and qualifying.(translated from French and in part from RueFrontenac.com)(9-12-2009)

  • Shore Mechanical Corporation Signs up with TBR: Shore Mechanical Corporation, a Long Island, N.Y., based HVAC company has signed on to be the small business partner of Tommy Baldwin Racing for this weekend’s race at Richmond International Speedway. The Shore Mechanical logo will adorn the c-post of the #36 machine this weekend during the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. To celebrate the partnership, Shore Mechanical is going to offer its customers a free Trane CleanEffects air cleaner with the installation of any new XL20i central air conditioning system. The Support Small Businesses of America program was developed to grant small businesses the opportunity to support Tommy Baldwin Racing for a very nominal fee. They get the chance to run their corporate logo on the racecar and receive two VIP passes for the race. Additionally, they get the opportunity to offer race fans their services or merchandise at a free or reduced rate through the TBR website.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(9-9-2009)

  • Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
    IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009).

  • Four more races for Carpentier: #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired Patrick Carpentier for four additional races this year. Carpentier, who was scheduled to make two more starts for the team at Richmond and Dover, will now race at Atlanta, New Hampshire, Kansas City and California.(Translated from Rue Frontenac)(8-19-2009)

  • Carpentier to Return to the Driver’s Seat of the #55: Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) announced that Patrick Carpentier will return to the driver’s seat of the #55 NAPA Auto PArts Toyota for driver Michael Waltrip at the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen International. Earlier this season, the Canadian driver produced an 11th-place finish for Waltrip at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. “Patrick is being rewarded for perserverence,” said Waltrip, who has 22 starts that equate to one top-five, four top-10 and 14 top-20 finishes at the 2.45-mile road course. “At Sonoma, he drove for me and started out with a car he wasn’t happy with. He worked with my crew chief Bootie (Barker) and my NAPA boys to get an 11th-place finish. We also had a little deal on the side. If he was able to finish solidly at Infineon Raceway and he deemed the experience of working with my team as fun and wanted to do again, then he and I would ask NAPA to allow him to drive again. We all agreed so Patrick will drive the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota for NAPA and me at Watkins Glen.” The NAPA Auto Parts team prepared for the upcoming event by testing with Carpentier at Virginia International Raceway on July 22nd.(Michael Waltrip Racing)(8-3-2009)

  • Guy Fieri to sponsor the #36 at Indy: Guy Fieri will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing’s (TBR) #36 Toyota at the Brickyard 400 this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. The celebrity chef, restaurateur and Food Network star is a big fan of NASCAR and his logo will be featured on the hood of the TBR Camry. “I was Grand Marshall at Infineon Raceway and had an amazing time. When this opportunity came up, I jumped on it. NASCAR is an amazing way to promote my brand and I look forward to supporting Tommy’s efforts to continue to build his organization. We all have to start somewhere and what Tommy has done this year, I really admire,” said Fieri. Mike Skinner will drive the Guy Fieri Toyota this weekend. He will also be racing at O’Reilly Raceway Park in the AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR truck series race on Friday night, July 24th.(TBR)(7-23-2009)

  • Palermo's Pizza to Sponsor #36 at Chicago: Palermo's Pizza announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Mike Skinner in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In celebration of its sponsorship of the #36 machine, Palermo's Pizza will offer race fans an opportunity to download a money saving coupon by visiting www.tommybaldwinracing.net. Palermo's Pizza has been making quality, authentic Italian-style pizzas for over 40 years. What began as a small Italian bakery has grown to become a leading name in premium frozen pizzas.(Everest-Mareting / TBR PR), see an image of the car on the #36 Paint Schemes page.(7-7-2009)

  • California Outdoor Heritage Alliance on the #36 at Infineon: The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) and its member organizations will be featured on Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota with driver Brian Simo at Infineon. Additionally, COHA will also be featured on Jason Bowle's car in the NASCAR Camping World West Series Race at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, June 20th. This was made possible through an anonymous donation to highlight the important efforts of COHA to NASCAR fans in California and throughout the nation. COHA is a 501(C)4 political advocacy organization dedicated solely to the promotion of wildlife conservation and the protection of our hunting heritage.(Everest-Mareting / TBR PR)(6-17-2009)

  • Riggs-Baldwin parting ways after Coke 600 UPDATE: Scott Riggs is parting ways with #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing following the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the driver said Sunday. Riggs has qualified for eight of the first 12 races with a top finish of 25th in the Daytona 500. Riggs ran only 54 laps at Richmond and 101 laps at Darlington before his day ended because of mechanical issues. Riggs said Sunday he wasn’t optimistic that the #36 Toyota team could continue to compete for the full length of future events without significant sponsorship and that, combined with the team’s performance, made it time for him to leave. He will start the Coca-Cola 600 in the 43rd spot. “I’m a competitor and I’m a racer,” Riggs said. “… It kills my soul to know that we go to the race track and we’re not going to be competitive. Even if the car is competitive, we’re not going to be there around at the end to be competitive. I knew when we first started this deal it was going to be a possibility, I knew it was going to be hard and a struggle to get sponsorship and get it off the ground. … I just know we needed something to change.” Riggs said he and Baldwin talked about the situation this past weekend and the decision was made for him to leave.(SceneDaily)(5-25-2009)
    UPDATE: on Monday's NASCAR Raceday, it was mentioned Mike Skinner will driver at Dover and races that do not conflict with the Truck Series races, Patrick Carpentier will run the five races that Skinner cannot and Brian Simo will run in the road courses.(5-25-2009)
    UPDATE 2: Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo will share the driving duties of the Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota for the remainder of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. Skinner will drive 17 of the remaining 24 races on the 2009 schedule. Carpentier will be behind the wheel during both Poconos, the June 28 race at New Hampshire, the September 12 race at Richmond and wrap up with the September 27 race at Dover. Brian Simo will navigate the #36 machine during the two road course events.(TBR)(5-26-2009)

  • #36 team gets sponsor for Coke 500: Cooter’s Backyard Bar & Grill will sponsor the hood of the #36 team and Scott Riggs for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Cooter’s is located in Murrellls Inlet, S.C. [near Myrtle Beach], and provides their guests with a wholesome family environment. Menu items include: bbq, burgers, seafood, pasta, chicken, steak, ribs and fried bologna sandwiches. They are also the home of the “world famous atomic buffalo turds.”
    “I am excited for Cooter’s to be on the hood this weekend,” said Tommy Baldwin, owner and crew chief of the No.36 entry. “Edward Williams, owner of Cooter’s, races late model stocks and knows what sponsorship means to the success of a team. I hope we bring home a solid finish for Cooter’s Bar & Grill.”(TBR)(5-24-2009)

  • Shea Trucking an Associate Sponsor on #36 at Charlotte and Dover: Shea Trucking, a Long Island, N.Y., based trucking company has signed a two-race associate sponsorship deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Shea Trucking will be the associate sponsor of the #36 Toyota driven by Scott Riggs at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway. The Shea Trucking logo will be featured on the C-post and the TV panel of the #36 machine. To learn more about Shea Trucking please visit www.sheatrucking.com.(Everest-Marketing Group/TBR PR)(5-20-2009)

  • Sellars announces product sponsorship of Tommy Baldwin Racing: Sellars announced their product sponsorship of Tommy Baldwin Racing. Sellars and TBR joined together as teammates in their shared pursuit of innovation, efficiency and speed. Tommy Baldwin, co-owner of the Crew Chief Club LLC, and John Sellars began their relationship several years ago when Sellars shop towels became an official sponsor of the Crew Chief Club. Now Sellars has jumped on board to show their support of TBR. In exchange for product the Sellars logo will be placed on the #36 entry for the remainder of the season. They will also be placed on the TBR website as one of the official sponsors of TBR. Sellars is a leading manufacturer of shop towels, disposable wipers, and sorbents that are made with recycled fibers.(Everest-Mareting / TBR PR)(4-14-2009)

  • TBR Hires for Head Engineer, Team Manager for #36 Team: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that two NASCAR veterans will take leadership positions with the team. Walter Giles, formerly a race engineer for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI), will serve as TBR’s head engineer. Jennifer Morrell, formally the team manager for TBR/Evernham Motorsports will serve as team manager. Giles, who has a mechanical engineering degree from Western Sydney Institute in Sydney, Australia, brings to TBR over 32 years of engineering knowledge and driving experience to the team. The native of Australia moved to the U.S. over a decade ago after winning more than 200 races and seven championships in various racing series as a driver. Giles began his NASCAR career working for Richard Jackson Motorsports in 1997. He made several stops before landing at DEI in 2005. He was first hired as the race engineer for DEI’s No. 1 car driven by Martin Truex Jr. In 2007, he was promoted to head of race engineering. Over the last year, Giles has been the crew chief for Robby Gordon, Marcus Ambrose and Johnny Sauter.
    Morrell, who has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, joins TBR with over nine years of management experience. She worked as a team manager for Baldwin’s team from 2003-2005 before it was sold to Evernham Motorsports. Most recently, she worked for Hay Distribution as a business manager.
    Riggs and the #36 team testing at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga. in preparation for this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Nexxus Lighting Inc. will be the primary sponsor on the #36 Toyota this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. MarkMartin.com has become the first sponsor to jump on board Tommy Baldwin’s Support Small Businesses of America program.(TBR PRs)(3-26-2009)

  • Bechtel Becomes Co-Owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing: Former NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series owner, Gary Bechtel [remember the #29 Cartoon Netwrok car?] joins forces with Tommy Baldwin to become a co-owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing. “This is an incredible opportunity that allows me to get back into racing,” Bechtel said. “I am very impressed with what Tommy (Baldwin) has been able to accomplish in just three months. I love his passion and his desire to be successful on the race track. I hope to bring the last piece of the puzzle that can make TBR one of the teams to watch each week.” Bechtel knows a thing or two about running a successful NASCAR race team. In 1990, Bechtel debuted onto the NASCAR scene when he formed Diamond Ridge Motorsports. Bobby Hamilton was slated as the first driver for Bechtel’s race team. His first race was in the 1990 Coca-Cola 600. Bechtel’s success on the race track didn’t come until he started his NASCAR Nationwide Series program in 1995. Steve Grissom was tabbed as Bechtel’s first Nationwide Series driver. In only 15 races, he notched two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Bechtel continued to have success in the Nationwide Series over the next five years. All told, he earned 10 wins, 30 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes in 174 Nationwide Series starts. At the end of the 1999 season, Bechtel sold his entire operation to Joe Gibbs and left Charlotte for California to live 70 miles outside San Francisco on a family ranch near Morgan Hill, Calif. “I learned a lot from my past experiences,” Bechtel said. “I know Tommy has the knowledge, background and technical capabilities to be successful this year and for years to come. I look forward to being an integral part of growing this team into a contender.” Baldwin is obviously pleased with the coming addition of Bechtel to his race team. “Gary Bechtel has proven to be successful on and off the race track,” Baldwin said. “He brings a track record of success to an organization that is trying to make it to the next level. This partnership shows that we are a serious race team and that we are here to stay. Gary brings instant credibility to our race team with his past successes as a business man. He also brings a passion for racing and I am very proud and excited to have him as a key partner of our team.” TBR is still seeking sponsorship.(Everest-Marketing Group/TBR PR)(3-19-2009)

  • Nexxus Lighting Set to Sponsor TBR at Bristol: Nexxus Lighting announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #36 Toyota and driver Scott Riggs in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway as the kick off to TBR’s small business initiative. Nexxus Lighting is a Charlotte-based company that is bringing its new patent pending LED lighting technology into the NASCAR world. Array Lighting is a new brand of commercial grade LED replacement lamps that utilize patent pending technology to offer a truly green alternative to conventional incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Array lamps are light weight, dimmable, reduce CO2 emissions and, unlike compact fluorescent light bulbs, do not contain mercury or create a hazardous waste disposal issue. Additionally, Array lamps offer tremendous cost and energy saving which can amount to over 80% energy savings versus incandescent bulbs. More savings can be gained in avoiding lamp replacement costs due to the bulb’s 50,000 hour lamp life, as compared to only 1000-2000 hours for typical incandescent bulbs. Array bulbs can last over 10 years while being burned 12 hours a day.
    AND MarkMartin.com has become the first sponsor to jump on board Tommy Baldwin’s Support Small Businesses of America program. The www.MarkMartin.com logo will adorn the c-post of the #36 machine this weekend during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Additionally, NASCAR fans can visit tommybaldwinracing.net and receive Mark Martin’s 5th Annual Fan appreciation t-shirt for $7.50 which is half price for a limited time, only available on the TBR site. The 27-year Sprint Cup Series veteran will hold his 5th Annual Fan Appreciation Day April 9-10 at Mark Martin Ford Mercury dealership in Batesville, Ark. Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and championship car owner Rick Hendrick will be on hand during the event to sign autographs and to participate in a Q&A session. Additionally, Sirius Satellite Radio and ESPN’s NASCAR Now will do live hits from the event.(Everest-Marketing Group/TBR PR), see image of the car on my #36 Team Schemes page.(3-16-2009)

  • TBR Develops Small Businesses Partner Program: With the recession affecting many Americans and small businesses throughout the United States, Tommy Baldwin Racing has developed a creative way where small businesses and Americans can show their support for one another. For a nominal fee of $8,000, small businesses throughout the United States will get the opportunity to place their company logo on the c-post of the #36 Red Bank Outfitters Toyota. Along with the sponsorship, the company will receive two VIP credentials that will grant them access into the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and pit road during practice and the race. Additionally, a link from www.tommybaldwinracing.net will give businesses the chance to place coupons on the website that offer struggling Americans discounts on services, goods and other common needs. The monetary values of the coupons are intended to steer consumers to participating small businesses that provide quality merchandise and services to hard-working Americans. "This program shows how small business can support one another during some tough economic times," said Baldwin, owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing. "With a small investment these businesses can show their support of TBR and give Americans some relief with discounts on services and merchandise while driving traffic to their businesses."(Everest Marketing Group/TBR PR)(3-6-2009)

  • Red Bank Outfitters to stay with #36 team thru Vegas: After receiving a large amount of media exposure during the Daytona 500 and Auto Club 500, Red Bank Outfitters has decided to continue its sponsorship of Tommy Baldwin Racing through the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. TBR finished 25th as an underdog in the Daytona 500 and crossed the finish line 36th last weekend after a mechanical failure ended a strong run during the Auto Club 500. Scott Riggs and the #36 entry is currently 32nd in the 2009 Sprint Cup point standings. “I am extremely happy that Red Bank Outfitters has decided to continue its sponsorship of TBR,” said Tommy Baldwin, owner and crew chief of the #36 entry. “I think it shows how impressed they have been by the amount of exposure they have received over the past couple of weeks.”(TBR/Everest Marketing Group PR)(2-26-2009)

  • Baldwin and Riggs gets sponsor for Daytona: Red Bank Ale & Quail Outfitters of Red Bluff, CA will be running two cars at Daytona. The #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota that Scott Riggs will drive in the the Sprint Cup Gatorade Duels and the Daytona 500 [if Riggs qualifies for the race] and #81DJ Kinnington in the Nationwide Series (Red Bank site)(2-12-2009)
    UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing inks Red Bank Outfitters as the primary sponsor for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and for the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California.(TBR PR)
    UPDATE 2: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Mahindra USA Tractors will be an associate sponsor on the #36 Toyota during the 51st Running of the Daytona 500. The Mahindra decal will be located on the TV panel of the white, red and black machine. Mahindra, the primary sponsor for Mike Skinner’s No. 23 machine, jumped on board after Skinner failed to qualify for the Daytona 500.(Everest Marketing/TBR PR). See an image of the #36 on my #36 Team Schemes page.(2-15-2009)

  • Tommy Baldwin Racing signs assoc sponsor: Metaljeans.com, the only company that manufactures denim apparel, shirts, outwear, casual wear, foot wear and race gear exclusively in America, announced that they are METALizing Tommy Baldwin Racing for the 2009 Sprint Cup season [as an associate/product sponsor].. "We are pleased to be associated with Tommy Baldwin and his new race team," said Roger Kent, President of Metal Jeans. "We are looking forward to supplying him, his crew and Scott Riggs with all their apparel this season and wish them the best of luck." Metal has a long association with Tommy Baldwin while looking after his apparel demands for his previous NASCAR teams. "I am extremely excited that Metal Jeans jumped on board to support our race team," Baldwin said. "I have had a long standing relationship with them and I am just thrilled they have agreed to support me and my race team." In addition, the band Sevendust will be guests of metaljeans.com at Daytona International Speedway during the Great American Race. The band will visit the crew of Tommy Baldwin Racing as well as several other teams sponsored by metaljeans.com.(Everest Marketing Group/TBR PR)(2-3-2009)

  • Support for Tommy Baldwin Racing: On any given morning in Mooresville, N.C., Tommy Baldwin pulls up to his new race shop to find another unemployed crew member awaiting his arrival and willing to volunteer his services, if only for a day. In a sport marred by mergers, crumbling racing empires, and an ever slumping economy, many find themselves rallying behind a man with the courage to start over with a brand new team. Baldwin, a 12 year NASCAR veteran, and former Daytona 500 winning crew chief, announced earlier this month the formation of his Sprint Cup Series race team under the existing Tommy Baldwin Racing banner [#36 Toyota with driver Scott Riggs]. Taking advantage of low overhead, and an influx of restless, out-of-work, mechanical talent, Baldwin rolls up his sleeves and works diligently with his crew to prepare for their Sprint Cup debut in Daytona next month. "It's great to know that I have so many people to support me in this venture," Baldwin said. "It's overwhelming the amount of people that are behind everything I'm trying to do and accomplish as a team owner, I don't know how successful I would be without all the support." In addition to the manpower at the shop, Baldwin is also receiving an outpouring of support from industry related organizations. The following companies have pledged their support of Tommy Baldwin Racing for the 2009 NASCAR Season: Bowman, Cheerwine, Diversified Finishes, Heintz Bros Automotive, Inc., Impact Racing, Lincoln Welders, Mechanix Wear, Moog, Pro-System, Inc., Racing Electronics, Rock Batteries, Safety-Kleen, Sherman Williams, Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, The Decal Source, TMC Trucking and Wix Filters. Primary sponsorship backing for the #36 team has yet to be determined.(Everest Marketing Group/TBR)(1-28-2009)

  • Riggs to drive for Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced today Scott Riggs as the driver of the #36 Toyota for the 2009 NASCAR season. Riggs, formerly with Haas CNC Racing will start his sixth season in Sprint Cup competition. The 2009 season finds the 38-year-old native of Bahama, NC, eager to embark on a new chapter of his racing career, driving for the newly formed TBR team. Tommy Baldwin, who will hold the title of both owner and crew chief, announced the formation of his new race team earlier this month. "I look forward to working with Tommy," Riggs said. "I think we can work together to build something really strong. I feel fortunate to work with someone like Tommy who has so much experience." Riggs, with multiple years of experience at the Cup level and time behind the wheel in NASCAR's COT, brings credibility and marketability to the new team. TBR, located at 604 Performance Road, in Mooresville, NC, plans on competing in the 51st running of the Daytona 500 in February with plans to run a full schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. "Having Scott Riggs on board is a huge stepping stone for Tommy Baldwin Racing," Said Baldwin. "He's a top caliber driver, and I look forward to seeing the success we can have together." No sponsor has been named yet for the #36 Toyota.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(1-19-2009)

  • Tommy Baldwin Announces New Sprint Cup Team UPDATE 2 Blaney? #36?: Tommy Baldwin, a five-time Sprint Cup and former Daytona 500 winning crew chief announced the formation of a new Sprint Cup Series race team under the existing Tommy Baldwin Racing banner. The team, located at 604 Performance Road, in Mooresville, NC, is aggressively preparing its Toyota race cars with plans to compete in the 51st running of The Daytona 500 in February. The team plans to compete full-time in the Sprint Cup series. Baldwin is excited about his new program, "With tough economic times upon us, the timing for starting this team is right. Our overhead is low and we have a great group of talented mechanics and specialists to choose from. We can offer sponsors the chance to get into Sprint Cup racing at a fraction of the costs, without compromising on-track performance, due to our low overhead," Baldwin said. Baldwin is no stranger to team ownership as he formed a successful Nationwide program which was responsible for bringing Unilever into the sport. Baldwin, a 12 year Sprint Cup veteran, later sold the team to what is now known as Gillette-Evernham Motorsports.
    It was during his ownership of the Nationwide team that Baldwin began a business relationship with Joey Arrington, of Arrington Manufacturing, Inc., located in Martinsville, Va. Baldwin will secure his Sprint Cup engines in 2009 from Arrington Manufacturing who works closely with Toyota. "We are honored to be working with Tommy again, this time on his Cup efforts. He has always been great to work with and we are looking forward to a successful year," said Arrington.
    "We will do everything we can to support NASCAR and its fans," Baldwin said. "We are thankful for the opportunity NASCAR offers as we are able to prepare our own car to compete in one of the nation's top sporting events. That's what makes NASCAR so different from the other major sports. It's still attainable to be an owner, if you are willing to put the work in and I'm no stranger to hard work," Baldwin added.(Everest Marketing PR), no driver, car# or sponsor was mentioned in the PR.(1-6-2009)
    UPDATE: hearing that Dave Blaney will be the driver for Baldwin's team.(1-7-2009)
    UPDATE 2: hearing the car number will be #36, no word on a driver past the Blaney rumor.(1-12-2009)

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