Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advance: Michigan International Speedway

Race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 15 of 36

Track: Michigan International Speedway

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Track Length: 2 miles

Date: June 19, 2011

Blaney will hit the 2-mile Brooklyn, Mich., track in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) Chevrolet for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

TBR AT MICHIGAN – The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 will mark TBR’s second start at the 2-mile speedway. Mike Skinner drove in the team’s lone start. He started 43rd and finished 41st with a vibration.

BLANEY AT MICHIGAN – Blaney will make his 21st start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. In his 20 career-starts, he tallied two top-10 starts and three top-10 finishes. The Buckeye Bullet scored his best finish of sixth twice (August 2001 and 2007). Tommy Baldwin called the shots to his sixth-place finish in 2007. He drove to his best start of fourth in June 2001.

ALL IN THE FAMILY – As Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, Baldwin and Blaney will celebrate participating in the sport they love. Both Baldwin and Blaney owe their passion of racing to their racer dads, and both continue to pass that passion down to the next generation. Baldwin’s father, Tom Baldwin, was a well-known Modified racer in the Northeast. Baldwin’s oldest son, Tommy Baldwin III, is following in his father’s footsteps working in the TBR shop. Blaney grew up watching his father, Lou Blaney, race the dirt tracks of the northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for four decades. Blaney’s son, Ryan, got behind the wheel at a young age and recently made his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

BLANEY GOES 3-WIDE – Blaney will be featured on Fox Sports’ show 3-wide this week. The show, set to air on Friday, June 17th, will focus on Blaney’s dirt track background and racing with his son Ryan. Tune into msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/3-wide on Friday to catch the Father’s Day feature.

KIDS EAT FREE – TBR will compete to feed America’s families again this weekend, as Golden Corral returns to the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. If the No. 36 TBR Chevrolet finishes in the top-10 in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, kids eat free (with an adult purchase) on Monday, June 20th. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the DAV.

INDIANA WHOLESALE OFFICES – 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. The Indiana-based company will be featured on the rear quarter panel of the No. 36 TBR Chevrolet, as well as the pit wall. For more information, visit www.GetAuctionAccess.com.

CHASSIS NO. 78 – Blaney will pilot the No. 78 chassis this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. TBR previously ran the chassis at Kansas Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney drove the No. 78 chassis to TBR’s best finish of 13th at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season.

LAST RACE RECAP: 5-HOUR ENERGY 500 –Blaney started from the 40th spot, and the TBR team worked on the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet throughout the day to improve the handling of the racecar in the 5-Hour Energy 500. The Hartford, Ohio native drove the Golden Corral Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish at Pocono Raceway.

IN THE POINTS – The No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet held onto the 32nd position in NSCS Owner Points and extended the team’s lead over 36th place to 50 points. Blaney also held onto the 31st spot in NSCS Driver Points and gained on 30th place. He is now 18 points behind David Gilliland.

LIGHTHOUSE MISSION – The Lighthouse Mission logo debuted on the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway and will be present for the entire 2011 season. TBR has teamed up to help the Long Island based-charity build awareness and raise funds for Lighthouse Mission. For more information on Lighthouse Mission, visit www.lighthousemission.net.

KEEPING UP WITH TBR – Keep up with TBR by following twitter.com/TBR_Racing and facebook.com/TBR.HBR.

Dave Blaney Quotes:

ON THE RACING AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY – “Michigan is one of my favorite tracks. It’s the closest track to where I grew up in Ohio, so I see more people that I know when we go there. It’s a very cool racetrack. You can run all over there three-wide, so it’s a lot of fun for drivers. The race is very unpredictable. Most of the time it ends up being a fuel mileage race but it seems to get rain shortened a lot, as well as good finishes. We’ve been working on the setups and improving each week, so hopefully that shows on the track.”

Tommy Baldwin Quotes:

ON MICHIGAN – “I really like Michigan. It has a lot of lanes, which leads to good racing action. The race can turn into a drag race or fuel-mileage race. You have to play your cards right during the race to be there at the end. I’m looking forward to finally racing there after two years.”

About Tommy Baldwin Racing:

Tommy Baldwin Racing was formed in 2009 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin. Baldwin utilized a slumping economy to open a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with a stringent budget. The team competed in two full seasons with multiple drivers behind the wheel of the No. 36 Chevrolet and improved in the standings each year.

Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the full NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2011 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney piloting the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet. Looking to improve on-track performance, TBR found success early in the 2011 season with partners Golden Corral, Big Red and Accell Construction. TBR’s driver development program, Heinke-Baldwin Racing, will also compete in various NASCAR series in 2011.

For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit tommybaldwinracing.com or follow us on Facebook, facebook.com/TBR.HBR, and Twitter, twitter.com/TBR_Racing.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com.

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