Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:00 pm
Tommy Baldwin will not be the crew chief of his team's No. 36 car this season as Kevin Buskirk will serve in the role with Mike Bliss as driver. The move will allow Baldwin to focus more of his attention on the business operations.
Looking for a job following the sale of Bill Davis Racing, Baldwin opted to start his own team in 2009. He started the season with Scott Riggs as the car's primary driver, but after missing four of the season's first 12 races, the two parties agreed to part ways. Mike Skinner , Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo were then scheduled to share the driving duties the remainder of the season, but Carpentier had to beg out and the team picked up Michael McDowell .
TBR figured to have some growing pains as it slogged through the 2009 season. The 36 car failed to qualify for 11 of 36 events. For the races it did qualify for, it was mostly a start-and-park operation. Its best finish was 18th in the fall race at Talladega with Robert Richardson (in his only race with the team) behind the wheel. Riggs' best finish in the car was 25th.
According to foxsports.com, Robby Gordon has named Iain Watt crew chief.
Watt, who worked at Gillett Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) starting in 2007 and was director of performance engineering prior to the merger with Yates Racing at the end of last season, has an extensive racing background in IndyCar racing and sports cars. "He's ready for this level," Gordon said. "He's been here since the new year. We started talking back in November about this position. Let's let the results speak for themselves." FULL STORY
Of course, how many races Watt actually works as crew chief remains to be seen. With Jim Beam having left as a primary sponsor after last season, Gordon's team faces sponsorship questions. According to previous reports, Gordon had sponsorship for just eight races. But Gordon has also formed an alliance with BAM Racing to provided technical support, race cars and personnel for BAM's 49 car, which doesn't yet have a full-time driver. If additional sponsorship is never found for Gordon's 7 car, perhaps he can fill in at BAM
Posted on: January 26, 2010 4:40 pm
Sponsorship from Miccosukee Indian Gaming in all three of NASCAR's national series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks - could be terminated as a result of an early February vote by the Indian tribe, the Observer and ThatsRacin.com have learned. FULL STORY
CBSSports.com auto racing producer Brian De Los Santos
If the tribe does indeed pull sponsorship, which the report deems as likely, team owner James Finch will feel the pinch the most. He was all set to field the No. 09 car for Aric Almirola in the Cup Series as well as a full-time Nationwide ride for James Buescher .
Miccosukee was also set to sponsor the No. 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which was hoping to run two trucks in its inaugural season. Reportedly they'll do so even if the tribe leaves, but it's a tough start for the first-year organization. As much as Busch may love to race, if he fails to land another sponsor, he may have second thoughts when it starts to hit him in the pocketbook.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2010 4:21 pm
According to foxsports.com, Randy Seals will crew chief the No. 38 car for David Gilliland at Front Row Motorsports .
The 42-year-old McMinnville, Tenn., native returns to Front Row after a short stint as crew chief on the No. 61 car with Chad Chaffin in 2006. Seals worked as a crew chief for Bobby Hamilton Racing for five years prior to moving to the Sprint Cup Series. For the last two seasons, he worked in the research and development as validation manager at Richard Petty Motorsports. FULL STORY
Seals and Gilliland won't officially team up until after the Daytona 500 as Gilliland is set to drive BAM Racing No. 49 car at Daytona. Robert Richardson Jr. is scheduled to drive the 38 car at both Daytona races as well as the spring race at Talladega.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 12:39 pm
Welcome to our CBSSports.com NASCAR news & rumors blog.
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Brian De Los Santos
Auto Racing Producer