Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series Advance: Homestead-Miami Speedway
By Official Release On Fri, Nov. 16, 2012
NASCAR Nationwide Series: 33 of 33
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway
Track Length: 1.5 mile
John Blankenship will make his fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) this weekend. The West Virginia native will pilot the No. 44 COAL/Save Our Country Chevrolet in his Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) debut.
TBR AT MIAMI – This weekend will mark TBR’s first NNS start at HMS. The team made four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at HMS since 2009. The team’s best start was 18th in the 2009 race with Michael McDowell behind the wheel. TBR’s best finish came in last season’s event when Dave Blaney finished in 28th place.
BLANKENSHIP’S MIAMI DEBUT – Blankenship will make his HMS NNS debut this weekend. The dirt racer has made three NNS and five ARCA starts in his career. He also made one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at Columbus Motor Speedway. In his NNS debut at Iowa Speedway, Blankenship started 26th and finished 23rd. He scored a sixth-place finish in the ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway this season.
CHASSIS NO. 504 – The TBR NNS team will bring chassis No. 504 this weekend. The chassis was purchased from Richard Childress Racing during the offseason. Blanekship tested the chassis at Nashville Speedway last month. He also ran chassis No. 504 at Texas Motor Speedway.
KEEPING UP WITH TBR – Keep up with TBR by following twitter.com/TBR_Racing and facebook.com/TBR.HBR.
John Blankenship Quotes: ON MAKING HIS NATIONWIDE DEBUT AT MIAMI – “I’m thrilled to participate in the Nationwide Series finale this weekend. Being a 1.5-mile track, I have some Nationwide experience at tracks similar to Miami, so I think I will be more comfortable in the car to start off the weekend. I am looking forward to getting another weekend of seat time and ending the season on a good note.
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.