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Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 5:02 pm

2012 Daytona 500 predictions

Daytona 500 Winner

Pete Pistone's pick

Kyle Busch -- I’ve been coming to Daytona since I was a kid and watching NASCAR racing pretty much my entire life. Never have I seen a display like the one Kyle Busch put on in Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout, saving his car three different times when it was completely sideways and somehow coming back from that shower of sparks to win the race. Say what you want about his personality or his behavior but it’s impossible to argue that Busch is one of the most talented drivers the sport has ever seen. He is very determined to put the controversy of last year behind and focus on winning races and the Sprint Cup championship in 2012. That quest begins this weekend and Busch will get the year off on the highest of notes with a win in “The Great American Race.”

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Carl Edwards -- I could really name just about any driver from the Roush Fenway camp as they've been very impressive during Speedweeks. Its drivers have been at or near the top of the speed charts during most practices, Edwards and his teammate Greg Biffle were top 2 in qualifying and third teammate Kenseth won Gatorade Duel 2, an event Biffle led for a race-high 40 laps. But while championships may elude Edwards, the Daytona 500 might just land in his lap. If Edwards can pull it off, he'd be the 18th pole-sitter to win the 500 and the first since Dale Jarrett in 2000.

Dark Horse

Pete Pistone's pick

Marcos Ambrose -- The entire Ford contingent has been fast at Daytona since it rolled off the haulers at the start of Speedweeks. Ambrose is among those who have stayed near the top of speed chart in practice sessions and the Richard Petty Motorsports driver also factored into both the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel outcomes. The popular Australian feels at home in NASCAR after finding his way the last few seasons and many believe he’ll win his first oval track race in 2012 in addition to being a powerhouse on the road courses. That victory could come on Sunday with Ambrose giving his fans both in the U.S. as well as “down under” something to celebrate.

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Trevor Bayne -- The defending Daytona 500 champion as a darkhorse? I may be stretching this a bit, but I haven't heard anybody giving him much of a chance to repeat. He's been decent during Speedweeks, but remains somewhat of an afterthought behind the Cup regulars. He's flying under the radar, but has the car to pull of the win again. At the very least, you can say he has experience winning NASCAR's biggest race. How wild would it be if Bayne were to make it 2 for 2 in the Daytona 500?

Surprise Top 10

Pete Pistone's pick

Dave Blaney -- The former World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion had a guaranteed starting spot in the Daytona 500 thanks to his finish inside the Top 35 last year. But after team owner Tommy Baldwin worked out an agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing to transfer those points to Danica Patrick, Blaney had to race his way into the 500 in Thursday’s Gatorade Duel. Last season the underdog turned a lot of heads with stellar restrictor plate track performances at both Daytona and Talladega so Blaney has skills in the draft. He may also have a little extra motivation as well on Sunday after the off-season points maneuvering and despite being a David against the Goliaths of the series; a finish inside the first ten is not out of the question.

Brian De Los Santos' pick

Aric Almirola -- It's easy to forget that Almirola is the newest driver of the No. 43 car, replacing A.J. Allmendinger, who jumped to Penske Racing to fill the No. 22 seat vacated by Kurt Busch. He definitely has speed as he topped the fourth practice session and was second in the fifth session. Another driver with Ford power under the hood, don't be surprised to see him running near the front on Sunday.

Quick picks

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Better Busch brother finish Kyle Kurt
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Daytona Speedweeks

Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:08 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:08 pm

Ryan Pemberton named crew chief for Dave Blaney

By Pete Pistone

Tommy Baldwin Racing continued its preparations for the 2012 season with the hiring of veteran crew chief Ryan Pemberton.

Pemberton will join the team and work with driver Dave Blaney as they attempt to make the Daytona 500 February 26. The No. 36 team’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series chedule is still being finalized as the team seeks funding for all 36 events.
Pemberton most recently 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.”
This season will mark TBR’s fourth season of competition. TBR began as a part-time, one-car NSCS team in 2009 and developed into a top-35 team by 2011. 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.
“Hiring Ryan is another stepping stone for TBR,” Tommy Baldwin commented. “Ryan brings experience and a wealth of knowledge from all the years he has been in the sport. He has been successful with every team he has worked for, and we are excited to have him be a part of our program.”

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Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:37 pm

Tommy Baldwin Racing adds Dave Blaney's son

By Pete Pistone

It will be a Blaney family affair at Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2012.

The team has added Ryan Blaney, son of TBR Sprint Cup driver Dave, to pilot a Nationwide Series entry this coming season.

The younger Blaney will run six NWS events for the Baldwin operation beginning with the April 27 date at Richmond International Raceway.

In addition there will be a six race NASCAR K&N Pro Series East slate for the young driver, which wil kick off at Bristol Motor Speedway on St. Patrick's Day.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to run a mix of K&N and Nationwide races this season,” Blaney commented. “We were really competitive in the K&N Series last year, and I think we will be even more competitive this year. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to win all six races. We will have good equipment racing with TBR. It will be great to race with and learn from the Nationwide guys. To be able to race on bigger tracks will be a good learning experience too."

Blaney made a combined three starts last season in the NKNPS East and West, winning in his third start and capturing his first NASCAR victory at Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney also won the 2011 PASS South Championship and found success in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished in the top-10 in his two starts.

The addition gives TBR a pair of Blaneys in its stable this season and Dave is looking forward to the opportunity of teaming up with his son.

“I’m proud that Ryan is making the next step in his racing career,” Dave Blaney said. “I think it is a great opportunity for him to run with TBR and still run some races in the K&N Series. He has learned very quickly in every series he has driven, so I am anticipating what competing in the Nationwide series brings. Thanks to SealWrap and Heavy Duty who have stepped up their programs as Ryan has moved through the ranks. It’s really refreshing to build a relationship with companies at this level and be able to grow together.”

Team owner Baldwin sees the expansion into a Nationwide Series effort as a natural evolution for his race team.

“We are really looking forward to restarting our Nationwide program as we have had much success in the past in that series,” explained Tommy Baldwin. “Watching Ryan the last few years, we are excited to get to the track and see him perform. As we look to the future, this Nationwide program is a stepping-stone for the Cup program, and we are excited to start with Ryan.”

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:49 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2011 7:58 pm

Burton, Blaney, Edwards post Talladega comments

Posted by Pete Pistone

JEFF BURTON:  Well, I don't know whether to be excited or upset.  After the year we've had, it's good to be in position to win a race.  Obviously Clint and I worked really well together the whole race.  Had some good luck along the way.  Whenever you leave here not wrecked, you ought to be happy.  At the same time I'm heartbroke we didn't win the race.  It would have been a big deal for us to get a win, would have been a great deal to Caterpillar, all our supporters.          

Having said all that, I don't know what I would have done different.  Clint and I finished first and second in one of the Duel races in Daytona.  I won that one.  It was really close.  Then honestly I thought he made his move a little too early.  I kind of gave him the bottom because you tend to be able to pull them back better.  He made his move really early.           

I thought I'd be able to pull back to him.  He had a lot of momentum when he made the move.  His car was a little quicker throughout the day, that's why we ended up with him pushing me.  When I was pushing him, we weren't as good together.           

Nonetheless, it was a good finish for us.  Again, I'd be interested in watching the replay, see what I could have done different.  These races, it's really hard to hold that guy off when he's coming.  We've seen that every time.  I thought I did what I needed to give myself a shot to win and at the end of the day it didn't work out.           

KERRY THARP:  We'll take questions for Jeff Burton.            

Q.  Jeff, you and Clint seemed to take the strategy of, Let's go ahead and run up front as much as we can today, while so many other tandems laid way back.  Did you expect to see them sooner or later?  Were you surprised not to see some of the Chasers who had been laying back?           

JEFF BURTON:  I thought they waited too long.  That next to last caution came out I thought that saved them.  I thought that gave them a chance.           

Having said that, that's all in retrospect.  I wasn't thinking during the race, They're waiting too long.  When that caution came out, Clint and I were where we wanted to be to win the race.  I didn't think any of those guys were going to be a factor.  You're always looking at what's coming behind you.          

At the end of the day, that strategy didn't work today.  I've seen it work.  It worked here in the spring.  I've seen it work.  I'm much happier when it doesn't work because I prefer to run in the front.  I'm not being critical of anybody.  I don't blame them, especially when it works.  We've seen races won here by people pulling that strategy.  It just didn't work out today.  But I've seen it work both ways.            

Q.  On the last lap, did you pretty much figure when y'all broke away for the last lap that he was going to make a move?           

JEFF BURTON:  I was going down the back straightaway, talking on the radio:  I bet you're thinking about what you're going to do right now.  I was going to ask him to give an old man a break, but I knew better than that.           

But, yeah, I knew he was going to make a move.  He was supposed to make a move.  He ain't supposed to push me to the win.  He's supposed to go and try to win.  That's what you get here.  If there's those two cars leading everybody, you're going to get that move.  Like we saw in the Truck race yesterday, a guy with nowhere to go, he's going to push somebody to win because that gives him the best chance to get a good finish.  The way this worked out we have broken off from everybody.            

Q.  When you appeared to get into him a little bit there, was that a matter of trying to hold position or purely accidental?           

JEFF BURTON:  I was trying to get my left front fender to his right rear quarter panel to slow him up.  We all do that.  I got a little closer than I wanted to and knocked him around a little bit.           

That wouldn't have been good if he would have wrecked, would it?  I was trying to get as close to him as I could get his momentum slowed down.  I got him slowed down, but a little too late.           

KERRY THARP:  Let's also hear from the other drivers here on the podium.  Our third-place finisher Dave Blaney.  Dave, you showed you were very strong out there this afternoon.           

DAVE BLANEY:  It was a great run.  Obviously we have to thank Brad Keselowski, stayed with us all day long every lap.  When you get somebody committed to you no matter what, it makes it a lot easier.  Then it's just timing at the end.  Worked out pretty good.  We were in the right place at the right time, squeezed through a couple holes, there you are.           

But still a solid day.  We had a really solid day going here in the spring, too.  Didn't quite make it to the end.  Really fun day for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Golden Corral.           

KERRY THARP:  Our points leader is Carl Edwards.  Carl now has a 14-point lead over his teammate Matt Kenseth.  Carl, talk about getting that points lead back up there and also the race here this afternoon at Talladega.           

CARL EDWARDS:  I don't know that I've ever been excited about 11th place.  This race was one that is nerve-wracking for everyone.  We came in here with a small points lead and we're leaving with a bigger one.  That's a huge day for us.           

I cannot believe how much Greg helped us today.  I owe him a lot.  Greg stuck with me all day.  The last lap, he was driving my car from back there.  We got separated.  He was screaming, Go, go, go.  Then somehow he found me again, pushed us back up through there a little bit          

Just a very, very good day.  Just really appreciate Subway being onboard.  Good to get them a good finish.  Even though it's not a win, it's a big battle in the war, a huge day for us.           

KERRY THARP:  We'll continue with questions.            

Q.  You said you did everything that you could coming off of turn four.  Would you have done anything different if that hadn't been your teammate?  Would you maybe not have been as nice?           

JEFF BURTON:  Hell, I didn't think I was nice.           

No.  I mean, obviously I'd do something different now if I knew it wasn't going to work.  But I did everything I thought I needed to do.  It just didn't work out.           

I try really hard to race everybody the same.  I don't know what else I could have done, whether it was a teammate or not.  I actually ended up getting into him.  So I don't think there was anything different I could have done.           

Q.  Carl, given the dynamics of Talladega, is the best you can hope for here to work with a teammate as best you can, like Greg, and basically pray that nothing happens?           

CARL EDWARDS:  Yes, it's a very spiritual event (smiling).           

You just have to hope that the guy sticks with you.  Yeah, I don't know how to describe it to you guys.  You were asking Jeff if he would have done anything different.  Everybody leaves this race and thinks of a hundred thousand things they could have done different.  It's a tough, tough race.  If you finish it with your car intact...           

JEFF BURTON:  You feel damn lucky (laughter).           

CARL EDWARDS:  ...you feel like you got away with something.            

Q.  To pile on about things that could have been done differently, Carl, do you think in retrospect, did you and Greg wait too late to start to come to the front?  Is it fine as it turned out?          

CARL EDWARDS:  Hell, no, Ed.  We did it perfectly.  It worked out great.  If you look at the things that could have happened or should have happened, we probably should have had a couple green-white-checkereds the way people were bouncing off each other.  If I had it to do to do over again, I would do it exactly the same.  It could be better or worse.  At the end of the day we had a shot at it.  Our car was intact.  We could drive up there.  That was our mission.           

But, yeah, if I would have known it went exactly like it went...  I'm not even going to say that.  It went well for us.  It was good.            

Q.  Carl, is your heart still pumping?  Is the adrenaline still flowing?  Are you happy to be out of that car and getting back to normal?  Jeff, will you reflect on RC's hundredth win?           

CARL EDWARDS:  Yeah, I've never been so excited to go to Martinsville in my life.  I'm ready to rock.           

JEFF BURTON:  Driving for Richard has been a pleasure.  I have a lot of respect for Richard.  I've only had three car owners in my Cup career.  All three of them I have a lot of respect for.  To be able to be at Richard's has meant a lot to me.           

When I came in, it was a struggle.  They were struggling.  It's been built back up to be able to contend for championships.  We haven't won any, but we've been contending for them.           

He's a good man.  I like him.  I'm comfortable with him.  You can say anything about him as far as a competitor.  He is a supreme competitor.  The main thing is he's a good person.  He's got a good heart.  He's honest.  He represents our sport.  He doesn't always do the right thing.  None of us always do the right thing.  But he generally has a care and a passion for the sport.  It's an honor to drive for him.            

Q.  Carl, your drafting day, was it kind of a building process?  Seemed for the first half of the race you two had a difficult time staying together.  There was a point at which it looked like you switched positions and you pushed.  There was one time when you lost Greg and it looked like Trevor Bayne picked you up.           

CARL EDWARDS:  There were times when we kind of did our own separate things.  But our plan was always to be within sight and come back and work together at the end.  We knew we could only do that if our cars were together.           

It is easy to look at the outcome of the race.  I kind find joked around with Ed when he asked.  Say, Wow, you finished 11th.  If you went sooner, you would have finished better.  I still believe the plan we had worked out well.  I'm happy with the outcome.  If you can't look at it from my perspective, 2008 we came in here, I think Ed brought that one up earlier, came in here and I was ultimately frustrated with myself for taking myself out at this race.  That was my first goal, not to take myself out.  I was prepared to lose the points lead, but I wasn't going to accept making a mistake and losing control of my car.            

Q.  Carl, there was much made before the race about the Ford edict, Roush Fenway, to all stay together, the manufacturer loyalty.  Jeff Gordon was displeased at the end with Trevor Bayne for leaving him.  What do you make of how that transpired?  Do you feel the Fords had the plan, stuck together?           

CARL EDWARDS:  Well, first thing, I don't know what happened with Trevor and Jeff.  Trevor is a stand-up guy.  I'm sure he did whatever he thought was best.           

It's not like we got together and planned to do anything, at least I wasn't part of a plan to make things hard on anyone else.  That was not the idea.  The plan was that we should stick together as Roush Fenway and as a Ford group and try to help one another the best we can.         

I thought we did a good job with that.  I saw other teams doing the same thing.  But you never know what's going to happen.  We didn't think that plan was going to go through to the end.  We thought a number of us would be crashed or have trouble or something like that, in which case people would mix up partners and stuff.            

Q.  Carl, was there a specific reason you asked in the driver meeting about lifting on the last lap?           

CARL EDWARDS:  Yeah.  Thanks for asking.  I feel like the biggest risk we have here is what I talked about on Friday, that we have a wreck, then people would come to this conclusion in their mind through whatever, that they're going to stand on the throttle, drive through the wreck, that's the cool or the right thing to do.  I feel that's the biggest risk we have, is an accident where a guy is upside down, stopped, something like that, and us as competitors don't really know what point we're racing to.          

If we see something like that, I think a lot of folks are reluctant right now in the sport to lift.  They think it's cool to stay on the throttle.  You can't ask competitors to just quit driving and not try to get everything they can.  I hope that NASCAR will kind of clarify that stuff a little more in the future so we don't have a problem because of it.            

Q.  It may be a case of a lesser of two evils, but what in y'all's minds is the ideal package?  The one you have now, the one in the past?  What would make the racing better?           

JEFF BURTON:  I don't think anybody wants to answer that.           

I personally think that there is an advantage to the tandem thing.  There's some disadvantages to it.  The one thing it does do is it does separate the field a little bit.  That's not all bad.  I've come here for a long time.  Every time I come here, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get in a wreck.  That's a little odd way to race.           

To me the tandem thing creates wrecks.  But overall I think there's less cars wrecked because of the tandem thing versus not having it.  So I think overall it's better.  It does spread the pack out a little bit.  But it doesn't do it in a way that's boring.  The other way to spread the pack out is to make the cars drive bad and the fans aren't going to like that.           

To me this accomplishes a little bit of spreading the pack out without making the racing boring.  Because of that I think they ought to keep it the way it is and not hamper our ability to tandem draft because it doesn't hurt the quality of racing.           

I was fortunate to run in the front all day.  There was a lot going on in the front.  I don't know why, if you watched that race, how any part of that race was boring.  That's just my opinion.            

Q.  Jeff, been a tough year, really tough year.           

JEFF BURTON:  For you or me (laughter)?            

Q.  When you're leading coming to the checkered like that, you got a guy behind you that's your teammate, are you happy to be sitting in here with a good finish, not stuffed in a wall?  Are you livid that you lost?  Is it any worse because of who beat you and how?           

JEFF BURTON:  Well, I'm pissed off and I'm happy all at the same time if there is such a thing.  Anytime you come here and you can get a top 10, have a car that's not torn up, you have to at least be somewhat happy with that.           

However, to come that close and to lose it is disheartening.  It's always worse to lose 'em close.  But it's a lot better being in a position.  To be perfectly frank about it, since the first race at Phoenix, we haven't been in position to win a race.  We haven't sniffed it.  That is awful.  It's terrible to come to the racetrack week in, week out.  You come optimistic, you leave dejected.           

At least today the dejection is about having a good finish and not finishing it off.  Of course, I'm going to go home and watch the video a thousand times and wonder what I could have done different.  But I'm heartbroken, but at the same time I'm happy if there is such a thing.            

Q.  Carl, with you and Matt out front 1-2, it's not a very big points lead, but do you look at this thing and say, At least Roush Fenway Racing can almost kind of take a breath here and say that we're in pretty good shape?          

CARL EDWARDS:  No, no.  That would be nice.  I'd love that.  We'd have to have a hundred-point lead to take a breath.  Anything can happen.        

I'm proud of our team, where we've come from, how far we've come in the last 18 months.  It's unbelievable.  It's a testament to how hard everyone's willing to work, how much responsibility everyone's willing to take for the things we needed to fix.           

We're doing well.  It's fun.  I'm a little nervous about Matt, honestly, 'cause I know how good he is and how good his team is.  Having him in second doesn't make me breathe easier competitive-wise.            

Q.  You said in January you felt better going into this year than you did at the end of '08.  Has it panned out that way or would you have needed more wins?  Is it coming true?           

CARL EDWARDS:  I still feel we're performing better because we're a better team now.  I feel like now we are a better team than we were in 2008.  I feel we're fast for reasons that are more fundamental reasons.  We have better engines, our engineering is better, our cars are better.  We don't just have a trick, a skewed rear-end housing, a new car we figured out quick or something like that.  I feel like we are competitive week in and week out.           

Even when we have a bad day, it always seems that one of our teammates runs really well and we have someone we can lean on.  I still feel better about this year than 2008.  Just glad to be in the position I'm in.  It's amazing to drive these Fords right now for Jack.  It's a lot of fun.            

Q.  Dave, could you talk a little bit about what that means for Tommy Baldwin Racing, what it means for you going forward with this finish?           

DAVE BLANEY:  Well, it's huge for a race team.  It's a tiny little team.  This racecar we've got, it was a Bill Davis car 2007, 2008.  It's not a killer.  It's a big, big accomplishment for us to come out.           

This is a track you can do this.  You can't hang in all day.  With Brad Keselowski's help we could hang in all day and took advantage of getting a big push at the right time.  That's what it comes down to here, having a car that will roll the last couple laps to do that.  It all just worked out.           

Q.  Dave, with this tandem racing, it does get strung out a little bit.  Were you surprised that Clint and Jeff were able to scoot away as big as they did in that one lap?  How did that happen?  You were the closest one that could have possibly seen them.           

DAVE BLANEY:  I don't really know how it happened.  I believe I started 14th and Brad was 15th on that green-white-checkered.  I didn't see how the top five, what happened to them in the first corner.  I have no idea.  But that was odd to see them get that far away that quick.  That is obviously what made it a different kind of race.  Like Jeff said, exciting racing, whether it's tandem or packs, stressful on the drivers, exciting for the fans.            

Q.  Dave, do you feel any better after the April race here?  You also were in a position for a nice day and didn't get it in the end through no fault of your own.      

DAVE BLANEY:  I was happy how we ran that day.  Didn't work out, didn't get the finish.  Performed well.  Hung in there all day.  Same thing today.  Yeah, you feel great when you get the finish out of it.

But, again, just really happy for Golden Corral.  I think the spring race here might have been the first or second race, they just started up with us.  Stayed with us all year.  Lets us race more than we could without them.  Just legitimizes Tommy Baldwin's team more and more, see where we can go.

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:28 am

Tommy Baldwin Racing expands

Posted by Pete Pistone

From Team News Release

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) recently hired seven key crewmembers for both the No. 35 and 36 teams. With the addition of the second-team, owner Tommy Baldwin hired crew chief Philippe Lopez for the No. 36 Chevrolet. 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,” he continued. “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 and 2001 at Bill Davis Racing. 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.”
“It’s cool to be back with Dave. We had a lot of success right off the bat. We had three top-15 finishes in our first four starts together at Bill Davis. We just clicked. We worked together again later at RCR and almost won at Dover.”
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.”

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 10:47 am

Blaney gets more sponsorship

Posted by Pete Pistone

From Team News Release

Photo Credit: Phil Cavali - thehotlap.com MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 27, 2011)  – Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) are pleased to announce a partnership for the remainder of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Golden Corral will be the primary sponsor of the No. 36 Chevrolet for 19 of the 28 remaining NSCS races and associate sponsor for the other nine races. Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet 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 No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet finishes in the top-10,Golden Corral will offer a one-day “Kids Eat Free” promotion the immediate Monday following the top-10 event. 
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 No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet 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.”

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:54 am

New crew chiefs for Front Row's Blaney, Kvapil

Press release follows:

Statesville, N.C. (October 6, 2010)  - The teams of Front Row Motorsports will have new leadership atop the pit boxes beginning with this weekend's race events in Fontana, Calif.  Front Row has named Brian Burns crew chief of Travis Kvapil's Long John Silver's team, and moved crew chief Greg Conner to lead the A&W All American Food team, which will have Dave Blaney at the wheel at Auto Club Speedway.
Burns has been an integral member of the Long John Silver's team, serving as its lead engineer since the beginning of the 2009 season.  He gained experience calling the shots for Kvapil's car earlier this year when he served as interim crew chief for the June race at Michigan International Speedway.  Before coming to Front Row, Burns spent six years with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, providing engineering support to its three race teams.
Conner moves over to the A&W team after serving as crew chief of the Long John Silver's team for the past three months.  The racing veteran has experience in all three of NASCAR's top series and has called races for drivers including Marcos Ambrose, Ricky Craven and Kevin Lepage.  His leadership experience will strengthen the efforts of Front Row's "youngest" team as the organization makes a late-season push to get all three of its cars into the top 35 in owners' points.
"We still have seven races to run and we want to make the most of them," said Bob Jenkins, owner of Front Row Motorsports.  "I think the world of both of these guys, and having them in these positions now is going to make us stronger at the end of this season and also help prepare us for next year."
Peter Sospenzo remains the crew chief for the Taco Bell team - Front Row Motorsports' third car - which is driven by David Gilliland.

Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:29 am

Blaney to split time between Baldwin, Front Row

Dave Blaney , who recently left Prism Motorsports, has found a new home (two new homes to be exact) for the remainder of the season.

Blaney qualified for 17 of 22 events in the 66 car for Prism, which operated as nothing more than a start-and-park operation. That fact wasn't a surprise to Blaney, but eventually it wore on him and he quit the team prior to the Aug. 15 race at Michigan.

"We just never seemed to put enough [money] together to race [full distance] at all," said Blaney in a report for vindy.com.

"I just didn’t want to finish the year out like that. I knew what it was going in - I knew it was mostly start and park, so it wasn’t a surprise, but I’d hoped that we would have raced a few more times. I just thought it was time for something different - whether it was Sprint car racing or watching my kid. But now these other cars have come up, so I’ll do that."

Those other two cars Blaney speaks of are the 36 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing and the 38 car for Front Row Motorsports. He'll drive six races with each team, though which races he drives for which teams have not yet been announced.

With Front Row, Blaney will get the chance to actually complete races. He'll help fill the seat recently vacated by rookie Kevin Conway.

With Baldwin, he expects he'll get the chance to go the full distance in at least three of the races he participates in with the team and is hopeful more funding will come around to do them all.

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