Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Tommy Baldwin Racing
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Owner(s) Tommy Baldwin, Jr.
Base Mooresville North Carolina
Series Sprint Cup Series
Nationwide Series
Race drivers Cup Series:
7. Michael Annett
36. Reed Sorenson
Sponsors Cup Series:
7. Pilot Flying J,
Accell Construction
36. Golden Corral
Theme Park Connection
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2001 Little Trees 300 (Charlotte)
Latest race 2014 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)
Races competed Cup: 239
Nationwide: 47[1]
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0

Tommy Baldwin Racing is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville North Carolina. The team is owned by former crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr., son of late modified driver Tom Baldwin. The team currently fields the No. 7 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet SS for Michael Annett, and the No. 36 Chevrolet SS for Reed Sorenson.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 7 History[edit]

In 2010, Baldwin began fielding a No. 35 Chevy with a limited schedule. Johnny Sauter attempted three races with the car; it did not qualify at California and at Martinsville, but did make the field at Phoenix. Aric Almirola unsuccessfully attempted Talladega as well.

In 2011, the No. 35 car, qualified for the first Talladega race with Steve Park driving, but retired from the race early. Park also attempted one more race in the #35. The car was a fan sponsored Len Boehler tribute car.[2] The Len Boehler tribute was originally planned for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but was moved to New Hampshire due to a lack of donations; the team also said that a Northeast track (where the Whelen Modified Tour runs) would be more suitable and had a larger fan-base. The 35 failed to qualify for Loudon. Geoffrey Bodine also planned to run five races in the No. 35 with sponsorship backing from Luke Associates. The scheduled races in the car were at Daytona, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas, and Homestead.

The #7 SANY Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway in 2013.

After having trouble qualifying, Bodine and Luke Associates moved over to the #36 team with Blaney running the #35 in those races. Blaney also attempted the Watkins Glen race in the #35 while road course veteran Ron Fellows drove the #36. Blaney also ran the September Richmond race in the #35, while Stephen Leicht drove the #36 in his first NASCAR race since 2009.

For 2012, TBR reached an agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing to field a car for Danica Patrick in 10 Sprint Cup races, beginning with the 2012 Daytona 500. David Reutimann was announced as the driver of the #10 car for the other 26 races. The #10 team received the owner's points from the #36 team, locking it into the field for the first five races, and carried a 10 race sponsorship from GoDaddy.com with for when Patrick drove the car. The cars were run out of TBR's shop. The team utilized Hendrick engines for Patrick and Earnhardt-Childress Racing and Pro Motor engines for Reutimann. A number of other drivers also ended up running in the #10, including Tomy Drissi at Sonoma, Tony Raines, and J.J. Yeley. For 2013, TBR would keep all rights to the team, including owner's points, however the #10 would follow Patrick to SHR.

For 2013, TBR changed the car number from #10 to #7 in honor of team owner Tommy Baldwin's father, who used the number 7NY during his days in NASCAR's Modified division. Heavy machinery manufacturer Sany sponsored the #7 team in 14 races in 2013. Blaney began the season on a full-time basis with the #7 team, however a deal was made for Justin Marks to drive the #7 at Sonoma with sponsorship from GoPro.[3]

In 2014, the #7 will be driven by rookie Michael Annett with Pilot Flying J as his sponsor.[4]

Car No. 36 History[edit]

Tommy Baldwin's main car is the No. 36 team, which he started in 2009. On January 8, 2009, Baldwin announced that he would restart TBR despite the slumping economy. The team later announced that former Evernham driver Scott Riggs would drive the #36. The team made the first two races of the season, even earning sponsorship from Red Bank Outfitters and Mahindra Tractors, but did not qualify for the next three events. Riggs, who qualified for eight races in twelve attempts, announced he would leave the team after Charlotte. Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier (in races that would conflict with Skinner's truck series schedule), and Brian Simo (road courses) would take over. Riggs' departure came after TBR decided to become a start and park team, and Riggs decided he wanted no part of that. Carpentier left the team in September and Michael McDowell took over. Robert Richardson finished 18th at the November Talladega race.

In 2010 Mike Bliss was hired to drive the No. 36 for TBR. Wave Energy Drink sponsored the team, and switched manufacturers from Toyota to Chevrolet in 2010 and used Earnhardt-Childress Engines. In April, Bliss and Baldwin parted ways after the team failed to qualify in 2 of the last 3 events. Johnny Sauter drove at Texas and Talladega. After Talladega, Casey Mears took over the No. 36 ride and qualified for the Richmond race while failing to make Darlington. Sauter returned to the No. 36 at Dover while Mears went to Red Bull Racing as a replacement for Brian Vickers. Geoffrey Bodine made his first race since 2004 at Pocono. Steve Park finished 13th in his first Cup Series race since 2003 at Daytona. It was announced on June 16, 2010 that Mears will return to the No. 36 following his release from Red Bull. Ron Fellows drove the car at the road course race in Watkins Glen, New York. Dave Blaney and J.J. Yeley also competed in the car.

The team's No. 36 car in 2013

For 2011, TBR brought back Blaney to drive the #36. TBR planned to attempt every race and complete a minimum of sixteen events depending on sponsorship; the team started the season with no primary sponsor and went to Speedweeks with an unsponsored black Chevrolet. The team received 11th hour sponsorship from Golden Corral after TBR made its third consecutive Daytona 500. Blaney led three laps and finished 26th after taking damage from a lap 196 wreck. Oklahoma-based Accell Construction became an 6-race sponsor for the team. All Sport later sponsored the car at Martinsville..[5] The team suffered misfortune again at the April Talladega race when Blaney nearly spun out while at the front. He salvaged a 27th place finish after leading 21 laps. Golden Corral later stepped up as a 19-race primary sponsor[6] while Big Red joined the team for 5.[7] The team elected to skip the exhibition race at Charlotte to work on improving the team and preparing for the upcoming points races. At the rain-delayed September race in Atlanta, Mike Skinner drove the 36 after Blaney developed a case of kidney stones. Blaney started and parked for Germain Racing, while Skinner drove the 36 to a 27th place finish. At Richmond, Stephen Leicht drove the 36 in his return to Cup. For the final three races of 2011, Blaney moved to the No. 35 and Geoffrey Bodine moved to the #36. Following a 13th place finish at the April 2011 Richmond race, the No. 36 moved into the Top 35 for the first time in team history. The team recorded its best finish to date with a third at the October 2011 Talladega race, when Dave Blaney drove the #36.

For 2012, the #36 team returned full-time with Blaney behind the wheel. The team lost most of its Golden Corral sponsorship save for the superspeedways, forcing the team to run unsponsored most of the season. The #36 teams owners points were transferred to the #10 car for the season. The #35 points were then transferred to the #36 team (The former #35 finished 44th in 2011 owner's points, not guaranteeing the team a start for the first five races of 2012). Ryan Pemberton was brought on as Blaney's crew chief.[8] Blaney successfully attempted the first five races of 2012 and kept the team in the Top 35. Though the team had to start and park several events, they remained in the top 35 throughout the entirety of the season.

In the 2013 season, TBR originally planned to run as a one-car team with the #7 team running full-time. This changed however, when the team was able to round up enough sponsorship for the #36 car to run a full schedule. J.J. Yeley will run the #36 car with sponsorship from numerous companies including Golden Corral, United Mining Equipment, Pitt Lite, Accell Construction, and others. Yeley began the season on a full-time basis with the #36 team, however a deal was made for Victor Gonzalez, Jr. to drive the #36 at Sonoma with sponsorship from IMCA Dominican Republic. Gonzalez would become the first competitor from the Caribbean region to compete in NASCAR's top division. Yeley finished 32nd in points in 2013, but recorded a tenth place finish at the Daytona 500, his first top ten since 2008 and his best finish in the race to date.

For 2014, Yeley was replaced by Reed Sorenson, and veteran crew chief Todd Parrott was brought in to improve the performance of the team.[9]

Nationwide Series[edit]

TBR made its official debut in 2001 at Charlotte. Ward Burton started 4th and finished 8th in the No. 5 Pillsbury Chevrolet. Burton ran the same car at Homestead-Miami Speedway, qualifying 6th and finishing 7th. The next year the team would switch its number and manufacturer. The team fielded the No. 6 Pepsi Dodge driven by Wally Dallenbach. Dallenbach would start 26th and finish 14th in the team's first race. Dallenbach scored two top tens at Charlotte and Phoenix. Damon Lusk would take over the No. 6 car starting at Richmond but crashed out of the 14th lap. Despite the rocky start, Lusk and TBR would make a run for Rookie of the Year in 2003, with sponsorship from Sta-Rite Pumps. Lusk had a consistent season with only 2 DNFs but would lose out on ROTY to David Stremme and Coy Gibbs.

The following year, Unilever backed TBR, and subsequently announced its Hungry Drivers program. Unilever would select four drivers and run each of them in three Busch Series races. The chosen drivers were Mark McFarland, Tracy Hines, Scott Lynch, and Paul Wolfe. Wolfe was eventually chosen after scoring two top-20 finishes. In 2005, TBR's Busch Series team was bought out by Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) and TBR closed up its team.

Car #36 History[edit]

In 2012, Baldwin announced his return to the Nationwide Series. The team will run the #36 Chevrolet in eight races for drivers Ryan Blaney (son of TBR Cup Series driver Dave), Ryan Truex, and Bobby Santos III. TBR's first attempt of the 2012 season was at Daytona in February with 2011 K&N East Series Champion Ryan Truex driving the #36. The team picked up a last minute sponsorship from Grime Boss for the event. Ryan Blaney then took over driving duties at Richmond in his first of six races with the team. Long-time sponsor of the Blaney family, SealWrap, sponsored all six Ryan Blaney's attempts. TBR once again ran the #36 at Daytona in July for Whelen Modified driver and 2010 NWMT series champion Bobby Santos III. Brad Parrott was the crew chief for the team.[10]

With the takeover of Scott Lagasse's team, the car switched to #8 in 2013, with Parrott still as crew chief.

In 2014, Ryan Preece drove the #36 at New Hampshire and Richmond, having driven the #8 at New Hampshire the year before.

Partnership with Team SLR[edit]

In 2012, TBR created a partnership with Team SLR and driver / owner Scott Lagasse, Jr. Team SLR would field the #8 Chevrolet Impala in select races during the 2012 Nationwide Season with sponsorship from the Boy Scouts of America and Hybrid Light. Chassis would be provided by TBR, and engines would be provided by ECR Engines. The team ran 3 races in 2012, with Lagasse, Jr. driving at Kentucky, Kansas, and Homestead.

Car #8 History[edit]

For 2013, the partnership evolved, so that the cars were now fielded out of TBR's shop, with Lagasse, Jr. driving in a majority of the #8's starts. Lagasse, Jr. has driven at Daytona, Las Vegas, and Richmond thus far in 2013. The #8 team also ran at New Hampshire with TBR development driver Ryan Preece behind the wheel.[11] The team had sponsorship from East West Marine for the event.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://racing-reference.info/owner/Tommy_Baldwin.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Tommy Baldwin Racing and Steve Park". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  3. ^ Gluck, Jeff (2013-06-20). "NASCAR drivers flock to kart track, racer's Disneyland". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  4. ^ DiZinno, Tony (2013-11-15). "Annett to step up to Sprint Cup with Tommy Baldwin". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  5. ^ "ALL SPORT Body Quencher Joins Forces with". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Big Red Partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing". Tommy Baldwin Racing. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Tommy Baldwin Racing Enlists Ryan Pemberton as Crew Chief for Blaney". Tommy Baldwin Racing. February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  9. ^ "TOMMY BALDWIN RACING TABS SORENSON FOR NO. 36". NASCAR. February 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ Moody, Dave (February 7, 2012). "Parrott To Guide TBR Nationwide Team". Sirius-Speedway.com. Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Preece Set to Make NASCAR Debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway". Tommy Baldwin Racing. July 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 

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