Disappointment in the Desert for Dave Blaney and SANY AmericaBy Official Release
The debut of SANY America ended with disappointment for Dave Blaney after contact early in the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Blaney and the No. 7 SANY America Chevy SS kept digging after making repairs and brought home a 33rd place finish.
After qualifying in the 26th position, Blaney and Crew Chief/Team Owner Tommy Baldwin worked to dial in the car as they were fighting a loose handling condition. Blaney ran as high as 18th during the course of the race before contact with the No. 30 car caused him to head to the garage for repairs. The TBR team made repairs in short order, and he finished the race in 33rd and 10 laps down.
“I’m disappointed we got crashed so early into the race,” Blaney said. “Having SANY America on board and this being their first race with TBR, I really wanted to get them a solid finish, but some things are out of our control. We’ll take this and move on to Las Vegas with SANY America back on board.”
“It was a shame we sustained damage so early in the race,” said Baldwin, “We had the car really fast during practice and were making great progress during the race. Although we didn’t get the result we had hoped for, we’re encouraged as a team that we’re headed in the right direction. SANY America and our other sponsors have really allowed us to continue to upgrade our program — so we feel really good about that. I’m confident that we’ll be dealt a really good hand in Vegas this weekend.”
SANY is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of hoisting equipment (crawler, truck, rough-terrain and all-terrain cranes), concrete machines (concrete pumps, placing booms, mixer trucks and batching plants), road machinery (motor graders, rollers, pavers and asphalt batching plants), port equipment (container reach stackers, empty-container handlers, heavy forklifts and gantry cranes), excavators, mining equipment (rigid haul trucks, road headers, mining vehicles, longwall systems and continuous miners), pile-driving machinery and wind turbines. SANY America Inc. sells, distributes and supports crawler cranes from 110 to 550 U.S. tons, rough-terrain cranes from 40 to 85 tons, hydraulic excavators from 7.5 to 33.5 tons, port reach stackers with a maximum lift of 99,200 pounds, and empty-container handlers with a maximum load of 19,850 pounds. SANY America has an operations, assembly and research and development center in Peachtree City, Georgia. For more information, visit www.sanyamerica.com.
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. In 2012 both cars fielded by TBR finished in the top-35 in points.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2013 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney driving the No. 7 Chevy SS and JJ Yeley piloting the No. 36.