NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 15 of 36
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Track Length: 2 mile
Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) this weekend in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
TBR AT MICHIGAN – This weekend will mark TBR’s fourth start at the Irish Hills track. Blaney drove to the team’s best finish of 33rd in the August 2011 event.
BLANEY AT MICHIGAN – Blaney will make his 23rd start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. In his 22 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.
CHASSIS NO. 293 – Blaney will drive the No. 293 chassis, which he drove three times this season and five times during the 2011 season. The Harford, Ohio native’s best start with the No. 293 chassis was 17th at Richmond and best finish was 23rd at Phoenix this season. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.
FATHER’S DAY – Blaney and owner Tommy Baldwin, both second generation drivers, will be celebrating Father’s Day Sunday the best way they know how, at the racetrack. Blaney has three children of his own, Emma, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan and Erin. Baldwin has four children, Tommy III, Jamen, Jack and Luke. All seven children will be at home cheering their dads on.
IN THE POINTS – The No. 36 team is currently 35th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Owner Points. The team is locked into the top-35 by 55 points and trails the No. 83 in 34th by three points. Blaney is 33rd in NSCS Driver Points. He is six points behind teammate David Reutimann and four points ahead of Landon Cassill.
KEEPING UP WITH TBR – Keep up with TBR by following twitter.com/TBR_Racing and facebook.com/TBR.HBR.
Dave Blaney Quotes: ON RACING AT MICHIGAN – “Michigan is a very cool track. It has the widest grove that varies more than anywhere we go. There is a huge difference in width of the track, and you can run well in any line and be competitive. It will be fun to see what the new pavement will be like to race on. Obviously, it will gain some speed and be a challenge to get going. I’m glad we have the opportunity to test on Thursday. It is always fun to go out there because it is the closest Cup track from where I grew up, so the track is a bit of a home track.”
About Tommy Baldwin Racing: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin formed Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in 2009. Baldwin utilized a declining economy to open a NSCS team with a stringent budget. The team worked to build to full-time competition, and by the 2011 season, the team’s third season, TBR competed in every race and locked the No. 36 Chevrolet in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Chevrolet to TBR’s highest finish of third in the October 2011 event at Talladega Superspeedway. TBR also fielded a second car for select races in the past two seasons with multiple drivers.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2012 with NASCAR veterans David Reutimann and Dave Blaney. The team will also compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Ryan Blaney, Bobby Santos and Ryan Truex.
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.