Blaney in the No. 35 Chevrolet
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 8, 2011) – Road course racing veteran Ron Fellows will get behind the wheel of the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Watkins Glen International August 14th. Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 35 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.
Fellows, a three-time American Le Mans Series GT Drivers Champion, spent most of his career driving for the Corvette Racing team. He made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start in 1995 at Watkins Glen International. Since his NASCAR debut, the Canadian native made 56 starts in NASCAR’s top-three series, including 22 starts in the NSCS, and talliedfour NASCAR Nationwide Series and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins. Fellows collected two second-place finishes and five top-10 finishes in his 22 NSCS starts.
The Toronto native’s most recent NSCS start was with TBR at Watkins Glen International last summer. Fellows was poised for a good finish when a broken suspension ended the team’s day early. Fellows will also reunite with Crew Chief Philippe Lopez. The pair worked together in 2007 for Hall of Fame Racing. A late-race pit road speeding penalty turned a shot at a win into a fourth-place finish during the pair’s only race at Watkins Glen International.
“I am excited to pick up where we left off last year,” commented Fellows. “It is always great to be a part of the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. We had a decent qualifying run last year at the Glen, but then didn’t finish the race after we were running inside the top-15. Although it is a year later, we are just looking to build on that.”
“We had pretty good success last year until we were wrecked halfway through the race,” explained TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. “We want to finish what we started last year. It’s always good to have a road course ringer, and Ron is the best of them. Dave has done a great job for us this season, so we are excited to field the 35 car for him as well.”
Fellows and Blaney will take to the 2.45-mile road course Friday for practice. Blaney will work to qualify the No. 35 Chevrolet on Saturday for Sunday’s 90-lap event.
About Golden Corral Corporation:
Founded in 1973, privately held Golden Corral Corp. is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. Golden Corral currently has 485 restaurants in 41 states. The company’s vision is to be the leader in the family restaurant segment by making pleasurable dining affordable for every guest, at every restaurant, every day. Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Golden Corral helped raise more than $1,000,000 for the DAV in 2010 as part of its annual “Military Appreciation Monday” initiative. For more information on Golden Corral, visit www.goldencorral.com.
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.
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