NASCAR Notes: The Sprint Cup Class Of 2013 – Tommy Baldwin Racing
By Dave Grayson
Established in 2009 by one of the most respected crew chiefs in NASCAR, Tommy Baldwin Racing, (TBR), has been a character study in hard work, patience and squeezing a dollar. As their operation heads into 2013, it appears that the effort may finally be paying off for them.
#7. DRIVER: DAVE BLANEY. CHEVROLET. CREW CHIEF: TOMMY BALDWIN JR. ENGINES: EARNHARDT CHILDRESS RACING AND PRO MOTOR ENGINES.
Veteran driver Dave Blaney returns to the team but will be driving the #7 car instead of his familiar #36. The number change is a tribute to Baldwin’s father, Tommy Baldwin Sr, a successful NASCAR Modified Series driver who used the #7NY all though his career.
The #7 Chevrolet is also the former #10 car from the 2012 season. Under the terms of a satellite agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing, TBR prepared the car for a ten race Sprint Cup induction schedule for driver Danica Patrick. Blaney and company will be using the owner’s points earned by the #10 car last year.
There’s also good news for the team regarding a sponsor signing. TBR recently announced that SANY America, a high profile industrial equipment company, will be the primary sponsor for 14 races as well as an associate sponsor for 22 races. The team’s sponsorship profile for the remainder of the 2013 Sprint Cup season is, needless to say, a major focal point.
#36. J J YELEY. CHEVROLET. CREW CHIEF TO BE ANNOUNCED. ENGINES: EARNHARDT-CHILDRESS RACING AND PRO MOTOR ENGINES.
Veteran driver J J Yeley is set to drive TBR’s second team Chevrolet this year. Right now, the team has a part time schedule with hopes of running all 36 races if additional sponsorship can be located.
Regarding sponsors for this team, TBR recently announced that Accell Construction will be on the hood of the #36 as the primary sponsor for six races. Golden Corral Restaurants will sponsor all four of the restrictor plate races at Daytona and Talladega, while United Mining Equipment has signed up to sponsor three races.