#36 Team News Archive
NOTE: many of the links in the past news will be old and may not work
decided it was not worth the time to go thru each one on all the Team Past News pages
Accell Construction (7 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2013:
Phoenix - 3/3
Auto Club - 3/24 (added)
Texas - 4/13
Kansas - 4/21
Kansas - 10/6
Texas - 11/3
Phoenix - 11/10
Golden Corral (4 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2013:
Daytona - 2/24
Talladega - 5/5
Daytona - 7/6
Talladega - 10/20
United Mining Equipment (7 races) is scheduled to be the sponsor at the following races in 2013:
Bristol - 3/17
Martinsville - 4/7
Kentucky - 6/29
Bristol - 8/24
Atlanta - 9/1
Charlotte - 10/12, Susan G Komen
Homestead - 11/17
UME Finishes the Season with TBR: Tommy Baldwin Racing welcomes back United Mining Equipment aboard the #36 Chevy as they look to end the season as strong as they started. UME has been a primary sponsor on board the #36 with JJ Yeley for several races throughout the 2013 season, including Charlotte, where they ran a special Breast Cancer Awareness paint scheme.(TBR)(11-16-2013)
Milestone starts at Texas: #16-Greg Biffle and #1-Jamie McMurray will both make Sprint Cup Series start No. 400 this weekend at Texas. #36-J.J. Yeley will make his 200th start.(NASCAR)(10-31-2013)
TBR cars to run Breast Cancer Awareness schemes at Charlotte: Racing for a cause near and dear to the hearts of all at Tommy Baldwin Racing, both Dave Blaney and JJ Yeley's Chevrolets will be turned pink this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney will be driving the #7 Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet for Saturday night's Bank of America 500. A cause close to the heart of the #7 team, Owner and Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin's mother is a breast cancer survivor. JJ Yeley will be behind the wheel of the #36 United Mining Equipment/Susan G Komen Chevy. Breast cancer has personally touched the Yeley family, his mother-in-law is a survivor of the disease. To show your support in the fight against breast cancer, please join us this weekend in wearing pink as we honor those who lost their battle, those still fighting and to raise awareness for a cure.(TBR/140Buzz), see images of the cars/schemes on the #7 Team Schemes page and the #36 Team Schemes page.(10-10-2013)
Yeley and United Mining Equipment Go Pink at Charlotte: Thinking pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, the #36 United Mining Chevrolet has turned a beautiful shade of pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. Teaming up with Susan G Komen, Tommy Baldwin Racing is proud to be sporting a paint scheme this weekend as we race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We are so honored to have NASCAR Driver JJ Yeley sporting a pink paint scheme on his car this weekend, and are grateful to Tommy Baldwin Racing and UME for their support of this initiative, said Susan G. Komen Director of Corporate Relations, Carrie Glasscock. "JJ's involvement with Komen is his way of honoring the women in his life and also helps raise awareness amongst both male and female NASCAR fans, on and off the track. We encourage all NASCAR fans to visit komen.org and to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about breast cancer."
Driver JJ Yeley commented, "I am excited to get behind the wheel of my #36 United Mining/Susan G Komen Chevrolet this weekend. We have a pretty cool paint scheme, and couldn't have teamed up with a better organization than Susan G. Komen to help raise awareness about breast cancer. This weekends race I will be supporting not only my mother-in-law Karen, who is a survivor, but my daughter Faith, who I hope one day will live in a world without cancer. I am looking forward to getting out on the track and continuing the push to finish out the rest of the season strong for everyone at Tommy Baldwin Racing."
"All the employees of UME are pleased to join Tommy Baldwin Racing, JJ Yeley, Kristen Yeley, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in helping this cause, which hits close to home for many of us," UME Owner Don Sims commented.
After participating in last weekends Race for a Cure in Charlotte, Kristen Yeley will be continuing her support for Komen by sporting an identical paint scheme on her bandolero in Thursday evenings Better Half Dash. Make sure to come out to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend and cheer on the wives of NASCAR as they compete against each other, following qualifying.(140Buzz/TBR), see an image of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2013)
Accell Construction returns to the #36: For the sixth time this season, Accell Construction is the primary sponsor with J.J. Yeley's #36 Chevy. Based out of Claremore, Oklahoma, Accell Construction operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. A partner with TBR since 2011, Accell will be back for two more races this season, Texas and Phoenix.(TBR), see images of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(10-4-2013)
"Drive Sober, Arrive Alive" featured on the #36 at Dover: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (DOHS) is back on board the #36 "Drive Sober, Arrive Alive" Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway. Tommy Baldwin Racing and the DOHS have teamed up for an action packed weekend at the Monster Mile with several fan events throughout the weekend. To start off, the DOHS will be promoting their "Drive Sober, Arrive Alive" campaign where they are encouraging fans to take a pledge to not drink and drive. In the fan zone, fans can sign the #36 Chevrolet show car, taking a pledge to not drive impaired.
Driver JJ Yeley commented, "It is great to be heading back to Dover International Speedway and teaming up with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety once again. I have been involved with the DOHS for the past couple years and really enjoy getting to help promote driver safety throughout the weekend. We have a lot of really neat stuff planned for the fans, I can't wait to see everyone out at the track this weekend."(TBR/140Buzz), see an images of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(9-26-2013)
Tommy Baldwin Racing names associate sponsor: C&C Audio, Video, and Appliances joins Tommy Baldwin Racing for a four race deal as an associate sponsor on the #36 Chevy of JJ Yeley. Founded in 1975 by Roger and M.A. "Chic" LeBlanc, C&C started out as a small appliance store. Over the years, they expanded to add audio and video to their business. The service provided is unmatched, and the expertise is the top of the line. C&C prides themselves on quality products, reasonable prices, and service before and after the sale.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(9-20-2013)
United Mining Equipment adds two races to Yeley sponsorship: United Mining Equipment has added two additional races to their schedule aboard the #36 Chevy with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver JJ Yeley. The first added race is this coming weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Advocare 500. The second race will be the upcoming Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We are glad to have UME back on the car again this weekend, and joining us for two additional races this year," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "We have a great relationship with UME and hope to continue growing with their company and furthering their involvement in the NASCAR industry."(140 Buzz/TBR)(8-28-2013)
Special look for Yeley's #36 at Daytona: Returning to Daytona International Speedway, JJ Yeley is looking to exceed his 10th place finish from February's Daytona 500. Golden Corral returns to pilot the #36 Chevy for the third time this season. Celebrating the 4th of July weekend, the #36 Chevy has a new look for the weekend – a patriotic red, white and blue design by former Marine Scott Bates. Scott Bates, a former Marine, helped to design the patriotic paint scheme that Yeley will be driving in Saturday Nights Coke Zero 400. Bates, a native of Oklahoma, was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis and is now confined to a wheel chair, with no use of his arms or legs. As a lifelong NASCAR fan, his passion has become to design race cars with his special graphic design device, that he attaches to the brim of his hat. Scott has designed a previous Sprint Car, in 2011, which Yeley drove in Phoenix. In addition to the new colors, Golden Corral will be continuing their "Top 10 Ten Kids Eat Free" promotion. Each time the #36 Golden Corral Chevrolet driven by JJ Yeley finishes in the Top 10 this season, Golden Corral will offer a one day "Kids Eat Free" promotion called "JJ's Mondays" on the Monday Immediately following the top-10 race finish. Kids can enjoy an endless buffet, with the purchase of an adult buffet. With Yeley's success in February with a 10th place finish, things are looking good for the kids eating free across America on Monday.(TBR), see image of scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(7-4-2013)
Blaney back in the #7 with SANY; UME returns to the #36 with Yeley: Experiencing their first season as a NASCAR sponsor, SANY America continues their sponsorship of Dave Blaney's #7 Chevy this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney on Kentucky: "I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of my #7 Chevrolet this weekend. This track is still very new to the Sprint Cup series and that really levels the playing field in terms of experience. We're ready to go for Saturday night." This weekend United Mining Equipment is back on board the #36 Chevy with JJ Yeley. UME has been developing, repairing and supplying long wall equipment for 20 years. Together with their sister company PittLite they now offer low cost, leading technology cap lamps throughout the mining industry. Yeley on Kentucky: "Coming off of a good run at Michigan, I am excited to get back in the #36 United Mining Equipment Chevy with my team. Our guys have been working hard to get the car ready for this weekend, and we have a lot to prove."(TBR)(6-28-2013)
Three drivers making Cup debut UPDATE: Three drivers will attempt to make their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Sunday at Sonoma: #19-Alex Kennedy, #36-Victory Gonzalez Jr. and #52-Paulie Harraka. The last time three or more drivers made their debut in the same race was at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 24, 2004 when Chad Chaffin, Mario Gosselin and Travis Kvapil all made their debut.(NASCAR)(6-20-2013)
UPDATE: Justin Marks will be driving the #7 for Tommy Baldwin and is also making his Sprint Cup debut.(6-20-2013)
Yeley racing for safety at Dover: Driving at record speeds each week, #36-JJ Yeley always remembers to buckle up for safety. As we head to Dover International Speedway this weekend, Yeley is asking fans to remember this simple life saving tip. Yeley will be driving the #36 Click It or Ticket Chevy. TBR has partnered with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (DOHS) located in Dover to promote seat belt safety. "Safety is such a huge aspect of NASCAR and all of racing, I am proud to represent this cause this weekend" said Yeley.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(5-30-2013)
Golden Corral returns to the #36: Heading to the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway, JJ Yeley and the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing team are bringing back the popular Golden Corral paint scheme in hopes of another "Top 10 Kids Eat Free" celebration on Monday.(TBR)(5-4-2013)
Yeley to run special NASCAR Day scheme: Tommy Baldwin Racing's JJ Yeley joins The NASCAR Foundation as the industry celebrates the 10th Annual NASCAR Day on Friday, May 17. Yeley is running a special 'NASCAR Day' paint scheme on his #36 Chevy SS in Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. For the first time, The Foundation will launch a "Ten Days of Giving" tour, beginning May 8, which will include philanthropic activities in Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Winston-Salem, N.C.; Brooklyn, Mich.; Darlington, S.C.; Kansas City, Kan.; New York, N.Y.; and Daytona Beach, Fla.(140Buzz/TBR)(4-25-2013)
Gonzalez Jr. to run two races for Tommy Baldwin: Victor Gonzalez, Jr. will become the first Caribbean driver in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 23, 2013 in Sonoma, California. Under a freshly signed contract with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Gonzalez Jr. will pilot the #36 Chevy in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, as well as at the Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 race at Watkins-Glen, NY on August 11, 2013. "I am excited to bring new Hispanic fans to the Sprint Cup series at Sonoma," Gonzalez, Jr. said. "I cannot wait to show NASCAR fans around the world what Tommy Baldwin Racing and I can do together." A Puerto Rican native who now races for his resident country, the Dominican Republic, Gonzalez Jr., made history in 2009 when he was the first Caribbean driver to compete in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event, finishing 14th in his debut in the 2009 running of the NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Gonzalez Jr. returned to the Nationwide Series for four races in 2010, making his oval track debut at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2012, Gonzalez raced in the Nationwide Series at Road America and at Watkins Glen International.(140 Buzz andPR Web)(4-21-2013)
United Mining Equipment adds to sponsorship of Yeley: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) heads up to Martinsville Speedway for some short track racing after a weekend off for Easter. Dave Blaney will have SANY America on board his #7 Chevy SS again for a fifth time this season. JJ Yeley and the #36 Chevy SS recently signed on again with United Mining Equpiment (UME), after recent success in Bristol. His best finish came in 2006, when he ended the race in 20th position.(TBR)(4-4-2013)
JJ Yeley Partners with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation UPDATE: NASCAR driver JJ Yeley has partnered with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) to promote giving back to others and then passing the deed along. RAK's mission is simple: inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. They also provide free educational and community ideas, guidance and other resources to kindness participants through their website.
How does Yeley come into play with RAK? Like any good racer, he is issuing a challenge to NASCAR fans. It's simple, with the focus on JJ's number 36. Driving the #36 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing and with there being a 36 race schedule, Yeley is recruiting NASCAR fans to join aboard for "JJ's 36/36 RAK." That means in the next 36 weeks, complete 36 random acts of kindness to celebrate Yeley's #36.
"I am really proud to partner with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation as we work together to achieve their mission of giving back to others," Yeley said. "NASCAR and its fans are always such a giving community, I am looking forward to see what creative things they come up with for my 36/36 RAK. Stay tuned to see what I have planned as well, I am giving back right along with everyone else."
"The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is overjoyed to collaborate with JJ Yeley in spreading kindness in the NASCAR community," said Brooke Jones, Manager, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. "It is wonderful to see JJ embracing kindness with such enthusiasm, and we hope it continues to create a ripple effect nationwide."
Are you up for the challenge? Head over to RAK's website, Facebook or Twitter page to get ideas on how you can join JJ's Initiative. JJ also wants to hear from you, what are your plans for the 36 weeks? Tweet him or post on Facebook, he wants to hear how you are giving back to others.
Established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a resource for people committed to spreading kindness. We provide a wide variety of materials on our website, including ideas for kind actions, ideas for educators and schools, activities and lesson plans, inspirational quotations, videos and workplace resources-all free of charge.(140Buzz)(3-1-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver JJ Yeley will play "Shoe Fairy" for grass-root non-profit, Peach's Neet Feet. After challenging NASCAR fans to perform at least one "Random Act of Kindness" per week, for the entire 2013 NASCAR season, JJ Yeley, driver of the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy, hits the pavement to live by example. Yeley is scheduled to make stops at children's hospitals while traveling across the country to NASCAR races. There he will deliver personalized, painted shoes to children that are fighting cancer, long-term illnesses, and lifelong disabilities. Will you join JJ Yeley and Peach's Neet Feet and accept the challenge to spread kindness, one person at a time? With the web of caring individuals growing, through partnerships such as this, children and families are supported, strengthened, and encouraged during what may be the hardest times in their lives. Peach's Neet Feet donates custom, hand-painted shoes to children living with disabilities and fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. Every shoe is customized to complement each child's life, interest, and courageous fight. These personalized, one of a kind gifts, lift the spirits of these fighter children and their families. If you'd like more information about what JJ Yeley and Peach's Neet Feet are doing to Pay it Forward through these Random Acts of Kindness, please contact Bob Chasse at 386.566.8754 or email@example.com. You may also contact Annie Smith at 505.486.9299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their site here.(4-4-2013)
Accell Construction Adds to Schedule with #36 team: JJ Yeley and the #36 Chevy SS find a familiar sponsor coming back on board for this weekend's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Encouraged by the progress of the 2013 season, Accell Construction Inc. found it a perfect fit to join on for another race this season. Accell Construction adorned the hood of the No. 36 Chevrolet SS at Phoenix and Vegas this season and will return again at Auto Club Speedway. Heading into Fontana, JJ Yeley is 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 91 points behind leader Brad Keslowski.(TBR/140Buzz), see images of the car/scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(3-21-2013)
Some plans for Yeley: Frontstretch.com's Tony Lumbis spoke with J.J. Yeley driver of the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy, one qeustion was about his status for the full season:
Lumbis: "The #36 team currently has sponsorship for 13 races. What is your status for the rest of the events this year? Will you be starting and parking or going the distance?"
Yeley: "Right now, the great start at Daytona helps tremendously. Tommy has already discussed adding some races, even if we don't have sponsorship, although we want to get as many sponsored as possible. We will evaluate each race from there. For example, Sonoma is not a great-paying race and it is expensive to go to. So that could be a start-and-park event, but obviously we don't want to have to do that for any race. Once we get to the point in the season where sponsorship is light, we'll have to make some of those decisions. If we're in a pretty high position in points, I'm pretty sure Tommy will do everything he can to keep us racing."(Frontstretch)
AND: Phoenix's J.J. Yeley is hoping his 10th place finish at Daytona will draw in more sponsorship for his #36 Chevy, fielded by Tommy Baldwin Racing, with support from Accell Construction at PIR. "Hopefully, I'm back on the upswing," Yeley said. "The economy has hurt the sport and, for me, not having a big sponsor, it's been more-or-less a survival mode for me in NASCAR. We don't have (sponsors) for all the schedule yet." Yeley said he's going to race in Robby Gordon's new Off-Road Stadium Super Truck Series, which debuts April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium.(Arizona Republic)(3-2-2013)
Free food & movie Monday: Two drivers finished in the top ten in the Daytona 500, meaning free food:
Get a FREE Bloomin' Onion with any purchase all Bloomin' Monday long at Outback Steakhouse! Why? Because #39-Ryan Newman says so. (by placing in the top 10 today). Just say "Bloomin' Monday" on 2/25.
With #36-J.J. Yeley's 10th place in the Daytona 500, Yeley's sponsor Golden Corral: "JJ's Mondays" - Kids Eat Free on Feb 25, 2013: -Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price; -Limit of two (2) free kids meals per adult buffet purchased.
and Blockbuster is offering fans a Free 99¢ Movie Rental.(2-25-2013)
Arko Custom signs on as associate sponsor of #36: Arko Custom has signed on as associate sponsor for Tommy Baldwin Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup #36 Golden Corral Chevy, driven by JJ Yeley during Daytona 500 Speedweeks. Arko Custom, a large format digital print and media provider based in Atlanta, GA, will begin its co-sponsorship during Thursday's Budweiser Duel, the pair of 150-mile qualifying races that will set the starting order for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, otherwise known as The Great American Race. Though heavily involved in motorsports and sports marketing, this will be the .rst sponsorship endeavor for Arko Custom and its parent company, Graphics Central Inc., also based in Atlanta.(Arko Custom PR)(2-20-2013)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Adds Key Members to its 2013 Roster: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today the addition of Charlie Langenstein to the management team as Competition Director and Joe Lax as Crew Chief for JJ Yeley's #36 in 2013. In his new role at TBR, Langenstein will oversee each car to make sure they are as fast as they can be once they get to the track. Like team-owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr., Langenstein got his start in racing by working on race cars with his father Charlie, Sr. back in their hometown of Mays Landing, New Jersey. Langenstein went on to become a notable crew chief in the DIRTcar series, where he notched over 500 wins and was inducted into the Northeast Modified Hall of Fame in 2008. Moving to NASCAR in the late 1980's, he most recently served as Mechanical Director for Hendrick Motorsports, where his accolades include four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships.
"We may be a smaller team, but we have a much bigger focus," says Langenstein. "In one way or another, everybody on this team is a racer and wants to do everything they can to win." An original member of the TBR team when the doors opened back in 2009, Lax got his start in racing at short tracks near his hometown of Goochland, VA. He first worked with team owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr. in 1997, and has since instilled a close-knit professional relationship - along with a great friendship.
"Tommy and I had some of our biggest times in the sport together," Lax said. "For Tommy to make it to where he's at today, I can't tell you just how honored I am to work with him and JJ on the #36 Chevy SS. I helped him get going in the first days of TBR, and I'm excited to help bring the team to a whole new level."
"Joe has been around me for a long time," team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. said. "He will adjust quickly to his new position with us. It's important that we all work together towards our goals this season and having Charlie come on board is just another strong building block in that process."(TBR/140 Buzz)(2-11-2013)
Balwin expects to be more competitive in 2013: Tommy Baldwin, who has used the start-and-park method to build his NASCAR team, isn't too impressed with track owner Bruton Smith's recent criticism of the concept. Smith said last month that start-and-parkers have no business in the sport and suggested that NASCAR work toward changing the approach. "Obviously, Bruton has got enough money that if he wanted to be part of the solution he'd help figure out how," Baldwin said Monday during a media teleconference. "Those are things he probably shouldn't be worried about. Hendrick, Childress, Roush – they all started very small just like TBR (Tommy Baldwin Racing). Bruton can do a better job. We've tried to get his sponsors at his tracks involved in some package deals, but they don't want anything to do with it. They're too greedy." Baldwin said Monday he plans a more complete effort this season, with #7-Dave Blaney and #36-J.J. Yeley scheduled to drive full Cup schedules in TBR cars. Baldwin said he expects to have "some strong places and some weak places" but that his team should run "consistently in the top 20 to 25."(SPEED)
AND The team no longer has any alliances with any team, ending their Stewart-Haas partnership at the conclusion of 2012. Baldwin now has 4-5 engineers in-house and the team is working off old RCR chassis, modifying them with their own personal touch.(Frontstretch)(2-5-2013)
Accell Construction will sponsor Yeley for 6 races: Accell Construction will be back with Tommy Baldwin Racing and the #36 Chevy of JJ Yeley for six races in 2013. This marks the third year that the Oklahoma-based company will partner with TBR, serving as a primary sponsor at both events at Phoenix International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Kansas Speedway. Accell Construction, Inc. operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries and specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction.(TBR/140 BUZZ), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(1-30-2013)
United Mining Equipment sponsoring Yeley for three races: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that United Mining Equipment (UME) will be a primary sponsor on JJ Yeley's #36 Chevy for three races in 2013. The Butler, PA-based company will be on board for both races at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the annual summer race at Kentucky Speedway. Team owner Tommy Baldwin, Jr. is happy to bring new sponsors to NASCAR's top level. "United Mining Equipment tested TBR and NASCAR out at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year and really liked what they saw. By expanding their program this year emphasizes that our program and NASCAR can work for any business category." United Mining Equipment (UME) has been developing, repairing and supplying long wall equipment for 20 years. Together with their sister company PittLite they now offer low cost, leading technology cap lamps throughout the mining industry.(TBR/140 BUZZ), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(1-29-2013)
Golden Corral Renews partnership with Tommy Baldwin; Yeley to drive #36: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Golden Corral will return to the organization in 2013 as a primary sponsor on the #36 Chevy to be driven by J.J. Yeley at the four superspeedway races. This will mark the third year that the Raleigh, N.C. based company has been a partner with TBR. Driving the #36 Chevy will add to an already impressive resume for Yeley. Also returning is the popular "Top 10 Kids Eat Free" promotion. Each time the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top 10, Golden Corral will offer a one day "Kids Eat Free" promotion called "J.J.'s Mondays" on the Monday immediately following the top-10 event.(TBR/140 BUZZ), see an image of the car on the #36 team paint schemes page.(1-28-2013)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Kicks Off 2013 Season with #TBR7in7 Week: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has already announced their number change for 2013 but what's the big news that has Baldwin and company all abuzz? Find out during a week-long event, 7 announcements in 7 days. You can keep up daily by following on Twitter via #TBR7in7. What we already know is that Dave Blaney will pilot the #7 Chevrolet SS. Beyond that is anyone's guess. Included as part of the 7 in 7 will be a media teleconference and a chance for fans to chat with Tommy on Facebook and Twitter. The driver of the #36 Chevrolet SS will be announced during Tommy Baldwin Racing's Media Week: January 28th through February 3rd.(TBR/140 BUZZ)(1-25-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #7-Dave Blaney / Tommy Baldwin Racing Dave Blaney returns to drive the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy. This is TBR's top team and will use owners points from the #10 team which was listed as a TBR team in 2012 with Danica Patrick driving in 10 races for Stewart Haas Racing and David Reutimann and others in the #10 for TBR. No word on sponsors but the #36 had Golden Corral on the hood during Daytona testing. No word on a crew chief for the team or if Baldwin will crew chief his own team. TBR hopes to run their second car, the #36 full time in 2013 if sponsorship can be found. No word who the driver would be. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(1-23-2013)
Tommy Baldwin Racing changes car number: Tommy Baldwin Racing is paying homage to its heritage with the announcement that Dave Blaney will drive the #7 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting at the season-opening Daytona 500. The number is a tribute to team owner Tommy Baldwin,Jr.'s late father, Tom Baldwin, Sr., who was a beloved NASCAR Modified driver, and sported the number 7NY throughout his career. Working on his father's cars is how Baldwin got his start in racing, and ultimately led him into NASCAR's elite series. "It is a very special moment today to announce the number 7 on our Chevrolet SS. The number has been in the Baldwin family for a long time and it is going to be pretty special to carry on that legacy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series." Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2013 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney driving the #7 Chevy SS.(140 Buzz / TBR PR)(1-17-2013)
Some rides for 2013 still up in the air: A year ago at this time, dominoes seemed to be tumbling all over the NASCAR world. Kurt Busch's departure from Penske Racing led to AJ Allmendinger's move from Richard Petty Motorsports to Penske, followed by Aric Almirola's move to replace Allmendinger at RPM. It seemed like there was a move or two every day, and the news was endless. This year? Not so much. Aside from a couple lower-series moves there haven't been many post-Homestead driver changes. [But there are some] possible open seats at full-time teams
BK Racing: There's no reason Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil wouldn't return to BK Racing in 2013, but the team hasn't finalized its drivers for the #83 and 93 cars yet.
Tommy Baldwin Racing: It seems likely #36-Dave Blaney will return next season, but it hasn't been announced.
Phil Parsons Racing: Will Michael McDowell return to the #98 car? It hasn't been made official yet if so.
FAS Lane Racing: Ken Schrader will be in the #32 car for select races, and the remaining schedule will be filled by yet-to-be-named drivers.
Joe Falk Motorsports: Stephen Leicht won rookie of the year honors for the #33 car. The team's 2013 lineup has not been announced.
Phoenix Racing: Will Phoenix Racing even come back in 2013? It's not certain team owner James Finch will return, and what driver will be behind the wheel if he does.(SBNation) See information on all Sprint Cup teams on the 2013 Team / Driver chart page.(12-18-2012)
New spotter at Tommy Baldwin Racing: Doug Campbell, of Berlin, CT, provided the "eyes in the sky" this season as Millis teen Tommy Barrett Jr. tore up the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Along the way, the duo became friends with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Mario Fiore, of Agawam. Using Fiore's many connections in NASCAR, Campbell landed a chance to spot for #37-J.J. Yeley at three Sprint Cup races (New Hampshire, Dover, Charlotte) this past fall. On Thursday, Fiore revealed via Facebook that Campbell, 20, had received a more permanent position. Campbell confirmed that beginning with testing at Daytona International Speedway in January, he will be spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing, which fielded cars last season for #36-Dave Blaney and #10-David Reutimann. The relationship will continue through Speedweeks in February. Campbell is preparing for his move to North Carolina.(Republican)(12-16-2012)
Florida Lottery to sponsor Blaney at Homestead: The Florida Lottery will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Florida Lottery Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season finale. The Florida Lottery will have weekly drawings for the 25th Anniversary MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE beginning Monday, November 19, following the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and continuing through Sunday, December 30. The 25th Anniversary MILLIONAIRE RAFFLE will produce more than $10 million in total prizes, including a $2 million Grand Prize. With only one million tickets available, be sure to get yours soon at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer. This weekend will mark the final race of the year for TBR and Blaney. The #36 Chevrolet secured the team's best season finish of 15th in the Daytona 500. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, TBR made four starts at the 1.5-mile track since the team's inception in 2009. Blaney tallied the team's best Homestead-Miami Speedway finish of 28th in last season's event. Blaney made 11 starts since 1999. He compiled three top-10 finishes, including his best finish of sixth. "The last race of the season is always an exciting one," said Tommy Baldwin. "Having the Florida Lottery on the No. 36 this weekend just heightens the excitement for us. The pink car will definitely stand out on the track and is fitting to run in Miami. I can guarantee I'll go out and get a ticket while we're there!"(TBR)(11-15-2012)
Tommy Baldwin and Matthew Dillner Race for Sandy at Phoenix: Long Island, N.Y., native, Tommy Baldwin will team with fellow Long Island native and NASCAR.com Cameraman/Analyst Matthew Dillner, Feed the Children and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) as they Race for Sandy this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Utilizing donations through feedthechildren.org/raceforsandy, Feed the Children will send much needed food and supplies to the Long Island area hit by Hurricane Sandy. Tommy Baldwin Racing and the #36 Accell Construction Chevy will promote the effort in Sunday's AdvoCare 500. Superstorm Sandy created an estimated $50 billion dollars in damage in the United States and has been responsible for 110 deaths. Feed The Children has already designated 30 trucks of relief supplies to send into areas devastated by the storm. Working with a network of partner agencies and sponsors, these shipments have arrived and will continue to arrive in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina and other affected states. Items being delivered include ready to eat meals, food boxes, cleaning supplies and other essentials.
Through their New Jersey distribution center and other distribution centers in Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Elkhart, Indiana, Feed The Children is able to rush desperately needed relief supplies to victims of the storm. In disasters like this one, the recovery effort will continue for months and cash donations allow Feed The Children to keep its fleet of 40 semis on the road to bring help and hope to those rebuilding their lives.
"Tommy and a good bunch of us in the garage are from Long Island, and we haven't forgotten where we come from," explained NASCAR.com Cameraman/Analyst Matthew Dillner. "While my heart goes out to everyone effected by Sandy's path, Long Island holds a special place in my heart. I have family up there and have friends that have lost their homes. Traveling to the final races, it's tough to step off this high-speed merry-go-round that we are on, but we can do our best to help those in need while we are on it. With the Nor'easter storm on top of devastation from Hurricane Sandy, Long Island is in great need of support of all kinds. With the help of Motor Racing Outreach, Tommy Baldwin Racing and Feed the Children, we can make a difference in a lot of lives."
"I've been racking my brain trying to find the best way to help my hometown," Tommy Baldwin said. "Matt came to me with this idea to partner with Feed the Children and MRO, and it seemed like the perfect solution. Many residents are without power and supplies or worse some who lost their homes entirely. Through Race for Sandy donations, Feed the Children can provide much needed relief. Long Island is still a big part of my life. I have family and friends who still live in the area and visit often to check in on Baldwin Automotive, also located in Long Island."(TBR)(11-9-2012)
Blaney gets associate sponsor for Martinsville: C & C Audio, Video and Appliance will join Tommy Baldwin Racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The Louisiana-based company will be an associate partner for Dave Blaney and the #36 TBR Chevy in the Tums Fast Relief 500 Sunday, October 28. C & C Audio, Video and Appliance, founded in 1975, is one of the largest home-owned and -operated TV and appliance dealers in Louisiana.(TBR)(10-25-2012)
Yeley in the #36 at Dover: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Dover International Speedway Sunday, September 30 to remind NASCAR fans to 'Drive Sober' with a special paint scheme and a full weekend of activities. J.J. Yeley will pilot the #36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet in the AAA 400. The OHS is committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Delaware highways. The advertising program at Dover International Speedway is part of their education and outreach activities in the community to promote safe driving. The OHS chose to promote the 'Drive Sober' campaign during the race weekend because data shows that 81% of impaired drivers causing fatal crashes in Delaware are males, 36% of alcohol-related fatal accidents occur on Fridays and Saturdays, and fatalities in September doubled between 2010 and 2011. Delaware conducts DUI checkpoints every weekend from July to December as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce is to stop impaired driving throughout Delaware. The OHS wants everyone to drive safe and Arrive Alive. Visit www.DUIrealtime.com for public information on the campaign. Yeley will pilot the #36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet for TBR. The Phoenix, Ariz., native made 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the mile track. He collected two top-10 finishes and two top-five starts in the NNS. He tallied a best NSCS start of 14th in the Spring 2006 event and a best NSCS finish of 24th in the Spring 2008 event. TBR made eight starts at Dover International Speedway. Dave Blaney posted the team's best finish of 26th in the Spring 2011 event. "We are happy to have the OHS on board for Dover and J.J. in the car," said TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. "The OHS is promoting a very important campaign in safe driving. They will have a good footprint at the track, including an exhibit where fans can drive tricycles while wearing impairment goggles. We love working with J.J. He is a good driver, and we are looking forward to what we can do together at Dover."(TBR)(9-22-2012)
Blaney to practice & qualify the #22; #36 to be driven by Raines: With #22-Sam Hornsih Jr. enthralled in a "full court press effort" to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, he will be at the Kentucky Speedway through Saturday night's race focusing solely on the Kentucky 300. He'll make his way to New Hampshire after that race goes into the record book. "We'll have Dave Blaney helping us at Loudon from Friday on until Sam gets there," said Shell-Pennzoil Dodge crew chief Todd Gordon. "Dave will be in the car from the first practice on Friday, through Friday afternoon's qualifying and in both of Saturday's practices, We are confident that Dave can help us get the car as prepared as possible for Sam to race on Sunday. It'll be another 'hop in the car and race' situation for Sam." With Dave Blaney qualifying the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge and Sam Hornish Jr. climbing into the driver's seat for Sunday's race at New Hampshire, the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge will have to start from the rear of the field for the 300-lap battle. "We know he'll have to start from the rear in the race and maybe Loudon is not the best place to be in that position, but we're prepared for it," offered crew chief Todd Gordon. Dave Blaney has made 423 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1992. Blaney is the regular driver of the #36 Tommy Baldwin Chevy. Tony Raines will be behind the wheel of that car this weekend at NHMS. Blaney has recorded four top-five finishes and 28 top-10s through the years. He has two career poles, winning the pole at Rockingham in 2003 and at New Hampshire in 2007.(Tom Roberts PR)(9-19-2012)
Ryan Pemberton leaves Baldwin for JR Motorsports: UPDATE: Ryan Pemberton, a former crew chief for several Sprint Cup teams, has joined JR Motorsports [Nationwide teams of #7-Danica Patrick & #88-Cole Whitt]. Pemberton takes a similar role to what Tony Eury Sr. had as competition director for the organization, although the team has not yet announced whether he will hold that title. Eury Sr., the uncle of team co-owners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and the father of co-owner Tony Eury Jr., was released last week. "He started Monday and he's come in to help Kelley, help us with some ideas on what direction we can go to get better," Earnhardt Jr. of Pemberton. Pemberton was most recently was crew chief for #36-Dave Blaney at Tommy Baldwin Racing. TBR has not yet named a replacement for the 43-year-old Pemberton, the younger brother of NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.(Sporting News)(9-13-2012)
UPDATE: JR Motorsports has released Tony Eury Jr. from his duties as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the #7 GoDaddy.com Nationwide Series team. Eury was told Monday morning he was being replaced by Ryan Pemberton. Eury joined JRM after working as crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the #88 Sprint Cup team at Hendrick Motorsports. "They're trying to fix the competition of the cars, " Eury said. "They thought they could do better without me there. They hired Ryan and Ryan's their guy." Eury remains part of the ownership group of JRM. "We're still in discussions about that," he said. As far as his relationship with his cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr., also a co-owner of the team, Eury said that, "Me and Dale Jr. are perfect. We're fine."(Fox Sports)(9-17-2012)
AND: The following is a statement from Dale Earnhardt Jr., founder and owner of JR Motorsports, regarding the departure of crew chief Tony Eury Jr.: "Unfortunately Tony Jr. is no longer with the company. I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we've discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome. I love him like a brother, and you'll never hear me say a bad thing about him. I know he'll have much success in anything he does going forward. As for our #7 team, no decision has been made on who will crew chief that team this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. We will discuss our options and make a decision very soon."(JR Motorsports)(9-17-2012)
SealWrap returns to sponsor Blaney at Bristol: SealWrap Repair Tape, based in Indianapolis, will back #36-Dave Blaney this weekend at Bristol and at two more events throughout the season. SealWrap Repair Tape is designed for use in automotive repair, plumbing and electrical. It fixes and protects leaks or penetration from environmental elements. It is great for all those minor, do-it-yourself jobs around the house and garage. For more information, visit www.sealwrap.com. Indiana Wholesale Offices will join SealWrap on the #36 Chevy this weekend. Indiana Wholesale Offices hosts wholesale car dealers in the state of Indiana. This weekend will mark the 13th partnership of TBR and TMone. TMone , a provider of domestic business process services (BPO) and customer relationship management (CRM) outsourcing, will be an associate sponsor on the #36.(TBR)(8-24-2012)
TMone to sponsor Blaney at Watkins Glen: TMone will jump on board the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) #36 Chevy for the twists and turns at Watkins Glen International. Dave Blaney will drive the #36 Chevy in this weekend's Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen. TMone is a provider of domestic business services and customer relationship management (CRM) outsourcing. With locations in the Midwest and Northern Great Plains, TMone delivers new jobs to America's hometowns. Call center outsourcing is a people business, and TMone is in the business of augmenting and supplementing other companies human capital needs. "Obviously, New York is a great market to get promote the @TMone logo," said Anthony Marlowe, President of TMone. "The crowd at Watkins Glen International is sure to have a significant amount of executives and business owners in attendance this weekend, and that is our sponsorship activation target." TMone outsourced the company's marketing to TBR for 10 races this season. The BPO Company also sponsored one or more cars of various teams in all 21 NSCS races this season. David Reutimann drove to TBR's highest finish this season when he finished in 11th place in a TMone.com -backed Chevrolet in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.(TBR)(8-10-2012)
TMone returns to Tommy Baldwin Racing: UPDATE: TMone will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The business process outsourcing company will support the team in an associate partnership with the #10 Chevy driven by David Reutimann and primary partnership with the #36 @TMone C.R.M. Hiring Veterans Chevy driven by Tony Raines. TMone is a semi-rural provider of domestic business services and customer relationship management outsourcing.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(8-3-2012)
UPDATE: TMone will expand their outsourcing program with Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Pocono Raceway. David Reutimann will pilot the #10 TMone.com Business Process Outsourcing Chevy in the Pennsylvania 400 Sunday, August 5.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(8-4-2012)
SealWrap returns on #36 car: SealWrap Repair Tape, based in Indianapolis, will back Dave Blaney on the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy this weekend and at three more events throughout the season. SealWrap Repair Tape is designed for use in automotive repair, plumbing and electrical. It fixes and protects leaks or penetration from environmental elements. It is great for all those minor, do-it-yourself jobs around the house and garage. TMone, pronounced T-M-one, is a business process outsourcing (BPO) company that is in the business of domestic business services outsourcing and will be an associate sponsor on the #36 SealWrap Chevy. TMone is seeking to hire over 150 Veterans immediately for full time, permanent positions in an effort to strengthen support of our nation's veterans and their commitment to our county (TBR)(7-27-2012)
Reutiman in the #51 at Pocono; Blaney to the #10: In an effort to help a fellow small team, Tommy Baldwin and James Finch worked out a deal for David Reutimann to drive the #51 Chevy for Phoenix Racing following Kurt Busch's suspension for this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway. Dave Blaney will pilot the #10 Chevrolet, and Tony Raines will return to the #36 Chevy for the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR. "I understand the position James was put in this week," explained Tommy Baldwin. "As an owner of a small team, I wanted to help him out. We talked and thought that this lineup would be best for both of our teams."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(6-5-2012)
SealWrap extends sponsorship with #36: SealWrap Repair Tape will extend their eight-race partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR). The Indiana-based company will support Dave Blaney and the #36 Chevy in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. SealWrap Repair Tape, a self-fusing rubber tape, will join TBR for NASCAR's longest race this weekend after supporting the team at Bristol, Richmond and Darlington. SealWrap Repair Tape is designed for use in automotive repair, plumbing and electrical. It fixes and protects leaks or penetration from environmental elements. It is great for all those minor, do-it-yourself jobs around the house and garage. SealWrap Repair Tape uses a stretch-and-wrap technology that makes repairing irregular forms and shapes easy. "We are pleased that SealWrap is coming on board for the Coca-Cola 600," explained Tommy Baldwin. "SealWrap has been a good partner for us. Between the Cup and Nationwide team, they have seen a good return on their investment. Finding a good return on investment is our goal for each partner, and we are pleased that we have succeeded with SealWrap."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(5-23-2012)
Tommy Baldwin Racing to Run Sprint Showdown: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Sprint Showdown this weekend. Looking for some important track time, TBR will utilize the weekend to continue to build the team's 1.5-mile program. Due to commitments to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series team at Iowa Speedway, regular #36 driver Dave Blaney will not compete in the event. Tony Raines will get behind the wheel of the #36 Chevy and help the team get practice time at the 1.5-mile speedway. David Reutimann will also return to the #10 Chevy for the event. "As we grow as a team, it is extremely important that we take any time we can to gain information for our program," said Tommy Baldwin. "Originally, we were going to take the week off to catch up in the shop, but we feel that we are in a position to gain more from running the race." Blaney will return to the #36 TBR Chevy for the Coca-Cola 600.(TBR)(5-15-2012)
Indiana Wholesale Offices joins Blaney as associate sponsor: Indiana Wholesale Offices will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The Indiana-based company will be featured on the #36 Golden Corral Chevy driven by Dave Blaney. 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. Indiana Wholesale Offices is a state approved hosting facility that exceeds the state of Indiana's requirements. The company provides entrepreneurs the ability to create a business with low startup costs and monthly overhead. Indiana Wholesale Offices partnered with TBR for last season at Michigan International Speedway and Kansas Speedway.(TBR)(5-4-2012)
Golden Corral returns to sponsor Blaney at Superspeedways: Golden Corral will come back on board the Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 Chevy for the superspeedway races this season. Dave Blaney will drive the #36 Golden Corral/Camp Corral Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway as well as at Daytona International Speedway in July and Talladega in October. The Raleigh, N.C., company will once again run the Top-10 Kids Eat Free promotion for all three events. Golden Corral and Camp Corral will adorn the #36 Chevy in the Aaron's 499 this weekend. Golden Corral sponsored the team in 21 events last season. This summer the company will focus on spreading the word about Camp Corral, as well as running the Top-10 Kids Eat Free promotion.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(5-3-2012)
Johnson's video game to sponsor TBR's #36: Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an Engine (JJAWAE) by Autumn Games will join forces with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR). The game, available now on all three major home consoles, will adorn Dave Blaney's #36 Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an Engine Chevrolet for the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Published by Autumn Games and developed by Isopod Labs, JJAWAE is a no-holds-barred, combat-racing extravaganza. It is rooted in Johnson's belief that you can put an engine on just about anything and race it. The game allows players to race unconventional vehicles created from everyday objects such as shopping carts and dumpsters outfitted with custom weapons in a humorous action-packed run to the finish line. Two of the eccentric characters, Husky Hank and Megaton, are featured on the hood of the #36 Chevy. Husky Hank uses his fast tractor to mow down the competition in record times and Megaton, a former military officer, barrels around the track on a high-speed bomb.(TBR), see an image of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(4-11-20102)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet continues sponsorship of Blaney: Ollie's Bargain Outlet will add a fourth race of primary sponsorship of Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Chevy to the schedule. Dave Blaney will get behind the wheel of the # 36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet for 500 laps at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise, joined TBR for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 and returned to the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy in Phoenix and Vegas. Due to customer support and good exposure during the three events, the Pennsylvania-based company expanded their program with TBR to include the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(3-28-2012)
TBR and Blaney get 8-race sponsorship: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) signed a deal with SealWrap and Widow Wax for eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the 2012 season. Blaney will debut the #36 SealWrap/Widow Wax Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Welch & Wilson Motorsports, the parent company of SealWrap, will partner with Dave and Ryan Blaney, as well as TBR, throughout the season. SealWrap will be the primary partner for Ryan Blaney's six NNS starts, including his NNS debut at Richmond International Raceway next month. SealWrap partnered with DB Racing and Ryan Blaney last season in select NKNPS races. Jeff Welch and Curt Wilson, owners of Welch & Wilson Motorsports, have once again searched out of the box to bring together Widow Wax and SealWrap in a joint venture to help promote their brands. "We are excited about the opportunities TBR have given us to present our products on such a grand stage as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Welch. The #36 team is currently 20th in NSCS Owner Points and working to stay in the top-35 to be locked into the race at Martinsville April 1st. Dave Blaney's best finish this year is a 15th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. The #36 SealWrap/Widow Wax Chevy Schedule: Bristol in March; Richmond in April; Darlington in May; Kentucky in June; Indy in July, Bristol in August and Chicago and New Hampshire in Sept.(TBR) , see images of the scheme on the #36 Team Schemes page.(3-14-2012)
400 starts for Blaney: This weekend's start will mark Dave Blaney's 400th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career start. The 1995 World of Outlaws Champion has raced in over 1,700 races in NASCAR and sprint car racing throughout his career.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(3-9-2012)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet returning to Tommy Baldwin Racing at Vegas: Ollie's Bargain Outlet will extend their partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing to support the Sprint Cup Series team at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy as he attempts to clinch a spot in the Kobalt Tools 400. Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise, joined TBR for the 54th running of the Daytona 500 and returned to the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Due to customer support and good exposure in Daytona and Phoenix, the Pennsylvania-based company expanded their program with TBR to include the Kobalt Tools 400 at LVMS.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(3-8-2012)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet returns to sponsor Blaney: On the coattails of great exposurein the Daytona 500, Ollie's Bargain Outlet will return to Tommy Baldwin Racing this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway as primary sponsor of Dave Blaney and the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy in the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise, joined TBR for the 54th running of the Daytona 500. An unexpected incident with a jet dryer led to a two-hour red flag with the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet in the lead. The unexpected circumstance garnered TBR and Ollie's Bargain Outlet substantial exposure during a peak time of the broadcast. Due to the success of the partnership at the Daytona 500, the Pennsylvania-based company decided to extend the relationship with TBR and Blaney.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(2-29-2012)
TMone joins Tommy Baldwin Racing for the Daytona 500: TMone, a U.S. Call Center Insourcing firm, will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for the 54th Annual Daytona 500. TMone, pronounced T-M-one, will be an associate sponsor of the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy driven by Dave Blaney in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener. TMone is one of Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Headquartered in Iowa City, IA with offices in Des Moines, Iowa, North Sioux City, S.D., and Spearfish, S.D., TMone's resources are strategically centric to the Midwest.(TBR)(2-25-2012)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet Teams Up with Tommy Baldwin Racing for Daytona 500: Ollie's Bargain Outlet will join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) as primary sponsor for the #36 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy and Dave Blaney at the Daytona 500 on February 26. The sponsorship will be the company's third venture in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Ollie's Bargain Outlet is one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise. The Pennsylvania-based company currently operates 114 stores in 12 states and has previously sponsored other drivers in various NASCAR series. "We're excited to support Dave Blaney and TBR and to have a part in the Daytona 500," says Mark Butler, president and CEO of Ollie's Bargain Outlet. "A lot of our customers are NASCAR fans, so it will be great for them to see our car out on the track." Blaney had to qualify into last season's Daytona 500. He made the race, led three laps and finished 26th in the 2011 Daytona 500. He will once again attempt to qualify for the Great American race this season for his 23rd start at the 2.5-mile speedway. "We are thrilled to have Ollie's come on board for this year's Daytona 500," said Tommy Baldwin. "We were pleased with our superspeedway efforts last year and feel like we can build on that for this season. With Ollie's joining for the biggest race of the season, it is a win-win for all of us. They have worked with Dave in the past, and we are excited to have them as part of our program at TBR." Blaney will qualify for the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 19 and compete in the Gatorade Duels Thursday, February 23 to attempt to race in the 2012 Daytona 500.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(2-10-2012)
Pemberton hired by Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) hired Ryan Pemberton to lead the #36 team as crew chief for Dave Blaney. Pemberton will join the team as they attempt to make the 54th Annual Daytona 500 February 26. The #36 team's 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule is still being finalized as the team seeks funding for all 36 events. Pemberton comes from a family of racers. The Saratoga, N.Y., native started out sweeping floors at Roush Fenway Racing and worked his way up to a NSCS crew chief in 1997. Most recently, he served as crew chief for Brian Vickers at Red Bull Racing. During his career as a NSCS crew chief, he compiled two wins, 21 top-fives, 92 top-10s and 15 poles. "I'm thrilled to join Tommy Baldwin Racing," explained Pemberton. "TBR has shown a lot of growth in a short time, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of stepping up the program this year. Tommy, Dave and I all come from families of racing and have similar backgrounds, so I think it will be a good fit." In 2012, TBR plans to compete with two NSCS teams and a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The team would like to increase the number of races in both the NSCS and NNS schedules, provided more sponsorship can be found.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(2-6-2012)
Danica to get owner points from Baldwin? Reutimann in the #10? UPDATES: Danica Patrick will be a guaranteed starter in the 2012 Daytona 500, using owner points from Tommy Baldwin Racing.
Multiple sources say a deal is nearly complete to make Patrick a guaranteed starter in Stewart Haas Racing's #10 Chevy in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opener, using owner points accrued last season by driver Dave Blaney in TBR's #36 Chevy. Blaney will now be forced to qualify for the "Great American Race" on time.
Patrick is scheduled to run approximately 10 Sprint Cup races this season, and TBR driver David Reutimann will run many of the events Patrick does not; also in the #10 machine. While Patrick will drive Stewart Haas cars purchased from Hendrick Motorsports in her 10 races, Reutimann will steer Baldwin's cars in his outings. TBR will reportedly receive technical and pit crew support from SHR as part of the deal.(Sirius Speedway)(1-30-2012)
UPDATE: Go ahead and pencil Danica Patrick into the Daytona 500 starting lineup. Stewart Haas Racing has finalized an alliance with Tommy Baldwin Racing that guarantees Patrick a starting spot in the Sprint Cup opener and keeps her #10 car on the track for the entire Cup schedule, team owner Tommy Baldwin said on Tuesday. Patrick will be locked into the Feb. 26 race with the owner's points accumulated last season by TBR driver Dave Blaney, who was 33rd. The top 35 in owner's points from last season are guaranteed a starting spot in the first five races, meaning Blaney now will have to qualify his way into the 500 field. Since Patrick is scheduled to compete in only 10 Cup races while participating fulltime in the Nationwide Series, TBR driver David Reutimann will drive the remaining 26 races in the 10 car. The goal is to keep the 10 locked into the top 35 so Patrick will be guaranteed a starting spot for the first five races of 2013 when she runs her first full Cup schedule. TBR will receive technical and pit crew support as a part of the deal. Baldwin said there were no conflicts with NASCAR or Chevrolet in having Patrick use Hendrick Motorsports engines as all the SHR cars do and Reutimann using Earnhardt-Childress Engines as all TBR cars do. Greg Zipadelli will remain the crew chief for Patrick's Cup races. Baldwin said he and Zipadelli will work with Reutimann in the other 26. Reutimann will not drive another TBR car in the non-Patrick races. Baldwin said this is all about getting Patrick "prepared for 2013."(ESPN.com)(1-31-2012)
UPDATE 2: Stewart-Haas Racing has entered into a collaborative partnership with Tommy Baldwin Racing where TBR will field the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevy for all 10 of Danica Patrick's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2012. The alliance guarantees a starting spot for Patrick in her Sprint Cup debut – the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. TBR's #36 car, which finished the 2011 season 33rd in points, becomes the #10 for 2012. For the 26 races where Patrick is not scheduled to drive, David Reutimann will pilot the #10 car. TBR has sponsorship inventory available for these 26 races.(Stewart-Haas Racing)(1-31-2012)
Baldwin & Stewart could work out owners points deal: Stewart Haas Racing needs points for #10-Danica Patrick, who will run a limited Cup schedule for the organization in 2012. Team co-owner Tony Stewart said last week the organization is still figuring out what it will do. The simplest option would be transfer the points of Tony Stewart to Patrick. Stewart could then rely on a past champion's provisional if for some reason he failed qualify for one of the first five races until the sixth race when 2012 owner points are used to determine the 35 guaranteed spots. The other benefit is that if qualifying gets rained out in any of the other races Patrick attempts during 2012, she gets in the race because she has owner points of a car that won in 2011. There has been speculation that SHR would put together a deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing, possibly for points from the #36 car (33rd in 2011 owner points) to be transferred to Patrick. But it also could include a partnership where TBR would field a #10 car for David Reutimann in the 26 races in which Patrick doesn't compete, thus allowing that car to continue to earn owner points all season. Team owner Tommy Baldwin, though, said last week that a deal SHR would be "news to me."(Scenedaily.com)(1-17-2012)
Reutimann joins Tommy Baldwin Racing: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) added NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver David Reutimann to the team's 2012 driver lineup alongside Dave Blaney. Still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney, details regarding car number, sponsors and team members will follow in the upcoming weeks. "Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time," said Reutimann. "One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It's the way I was raised with my Dad, so we are on the same page. I'm just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do." TBR competed in every event in the 36-race NSCS schedule in 2011 and raced into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points, meeting the team's 2011 season goals. Blaney drove to the team's best finish of third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway. The team also fielded a second car for five events in the second half of the season.
"Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney," commented team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Last season, we met our goal of running the entire schedule and making the top-35 in points. This season, our goals is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program's growth. We are still working on finding funding for next year, but having a car guaranteed in the first five races, including the Daytona 500, is a big step for our team. We had success last year with our partners. Although Golden Corral will not return in 2012, they were very happy with the exposure they received. We hope they have shown other companies the value of our program and that our program will once again align with their business objectives."
TBR competed in every race and locked the #36 Chevy in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. TBR also fielded a second [#35 Chevy] car for select races in the past two seasons with multiple drivers.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)
MORE: Reutimann agreed to a one-year deal for 2012. Baldwin will start the season as Reutimann's crew chief, while veteran chief mechanic Philippe Lopez would again work with Blaney. Reutimann said he and Baldwin had discussed their schedule, with start-and-parking not in their plans. "As we talked [Monday] we're looking at 26 races -- not a full season but that's something we're obviously angling towards and trying to do and we're going there to race," Reutimann said. "They have a great group of guys over there who are really working their butts off and it's really cool. It's gonna be a different side of things, but I think it'll be a good fit for me. Baldwin said on Monday that sponsorships for the full seasons and which car numbers his two drivers will use were still being determined, "we've got some things etched on paper and hopefully we can get those announced and move ahead." Accell Construction, which has been with Baldwin in limited appearances the past couple seasons, has already committed to the team. Baldwin said his team would bring a new car to the season-opening test at Daytona Jan. 12-14, probably with Blaney driving "to see how it compares to the field." Reutimann said he has also been talking to some Camping World Truck Series owners about some 2012 races in that series.(NASCAR.com)(1-3-2011)
AND Tommy Baldwin Racing has also signed an agreement to run Earnhardt Childress Racing engines for the 2012 season.(FoxSports)(1-3-2012)
Races  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  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  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 email@example.com.(1-17-2011)
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)
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)
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)