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J.J. Yeley driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing at Texas: NASCAR veteran, JJ Yeley is set to pilot the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to welcoming back Yeley, Accell Construction will be the primary sponsor on the #7 Chevrolet. Accell Construction, an Oklahoma based company, operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. Accell has been a long time sponsor of Tommy Baldwin Racing, since the team started in 2011.[More](4-6-2017)
Regan Smith still looking for opportunities: Southern 500 winner Regan Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday that he's looking for a ride for the upcoming NASCAR season and didn't rule out running in any of the top three national series. Smith, who co-hosted "The Morning Drive," was left without a ride after Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its charter after last season and reduced its involvement in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The organization has stated it would seek to make the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler but not announced any other Cup plans. Asked what he will be doing this season, Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: "Working on stuff. I wish I had a better answer for you. It's down to crunch time. We'll see what happens. There have been some opportunities here and there. I'll just be brutally honest, when it comes to and pertains to the Cup series, you want to be competitive when you're out there. This year I'm willing to wait until I can get myself in a situation to where I'm competitive and I can actually go out and do what I feel like I'm capable of. With that said, you have a little different mindset during the offseason when that is your thought process. We're working through some stuff. That's not to say that I won't do some Xfinity and Truck races here and there in the meantime. I like racing at Daytona, so I'd like to be down there in something. We'll see how that all plays out. I'm not done racing. I love racing. I love driving cars. I enjoy different kind of things. I'd like to be a part of the sport. Whether that is behind the wheel or different avenues or different things, we'll see how it goes."(NBC Sports)(2-4-2017)
Elliott Sadler to attempt Daytona 500 with Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced that the team will compete in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler behind the wheel of the #7 Golden Corral Chevy. Sadler, a 16-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will be running double-duty during NASCAR's opening weekend competing in both the Cup and Xfinity Series. The Emporia, VA native and Baldwin have a relationship dating back to their days at Robert Yates Racing when Baldwin served as crew chief for Sadler. "This is a great opportunity for me and everyone affiliated with Tommy Baldwin Racing," said Sadler. "I love the Daytona 500 and to have Tommy and Golden Corral offer me this opportunity is awesome. Tommy and I have known each other a long time. We actually won a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 together back in 2006. We're gonna rekindle some of that magic and work our tails off to get our car in the race. I know Tommy is putting a lot of effort into this and we're gonna go out and get the best result we possibly can for him and TBR's partners." Golden Corral returns for their seventh season together and will bring back their popular 'Top 10 Kids Eat Free' promotion. If Elliott Sadler finishes in the top-10 at Daytona, kids 10 and under will eat free at Golden Corral restaurants nationwide on Monday, February 27th. "We are excited to be working with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the seventh season," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral. "We will be cheering Elliott on to qualify at Daytona and then race for a Top 10 Kids Eat Free finish."
"We look forward to having Elliott join TBR and Golden Corral for the upcoming Daytona 500," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Elliott has always been a strong restrictor plate racer which makes this a great opportunity for everyone involved. We know our fans look forward to the 'Top10 Kids Eat Free' promotion every year so we want to capitalize on that and finish the Daytona 500 strong." Golden Corral, based in Raleigh, N.C., is the nation's largest grill-buffet restaurant chain with 482 restaurants operating in 41 states as of January 1, 2017.(TBR/140 BUZZ)
NOTE: the team is an Open team, meaning it will have to qualify via speed / Duels to make the race, depending on how many Open teams attempt the race. Baldwin sold his Charter to the #95 Leavine Family Racing team in late 2016.(1-12-2017)
Tommy Baldwin Racing returns to roots running Modifieds: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced plans to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) with driver Donny Lia in 2017. Returning to his roots, Tommy Baldwin will bring back the iconic #7NY. The car number has a rich history in the NASCAR touring series and the local tracks on Long Island, New York, amassing a combined total 54 wins with the late "Tiger" Tom Baldwin, Sr. Lia, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion (2007 and 2009) and Long Island native, brings a wealth of experience to the team. With a career dating back to 2001, Lia raced Baldwin on the Tour. Baldwin and Lia have crossed paths before with Baldwin serving as the crew chief for Lia's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2008. The program brings Baldwin back to his childhood and sparks great memories along the way.(TBR/140 BUZZ)(1-12-2017)
Tommy Baldwin Racing sells charter: from Tommy Baldwin Racing's Facebook: The season finale at Homestead will be the last race for Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy) full-time. We felt that it's time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people (#95 Leavine Family Racing) who will continue to guide our vision. For the past eight years we've shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors. I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I'm proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning. Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have a great group of people both in the shop and on the road. In this business, you are really defined by the people you employ and I'm grateful for everyone's hard work. Getting sponsors these days is a tough task. Keeping them is even tougher. But we have had so many great supporters of our program. Whether they were a primary, associate or just a one-race sponsor, they were all great to work with and I thank them for believing in us. We've had some really great drivers in our cars over the years. Each of them drove hard every lap - no matter how the car was handling. They always gave 110% and that's all you can really ask from a driver. We're proud of the names that were on the roof of our Chevrolets.
If you're reading this, you already know that NASCAR is the greatest sport in the world. I have been blessed to have a career in motorsports because of how NASCAR has grown over the years. Teams don't always agree with their stance on rule changes or penalties or just the way things are done. But I can tell you that they have gone out of their way to help our team. They've brought us opportunities and have always made themselves available to meet with prospective sponsors if we needed them to. It's been a privilege for me to say that I'm a NASCAR team owner.
Finally, there are you guys. We can't begin to tell you how much your support of our team has meant to us. You're not just fans -- you're friends and family to us. When we have good days, you cheer us on. When we've had rough days, you give us encouragement. You have supported our drivers and our sponsors with so much enthusiasm. I promise you that it never went unnoticed.
So what's next? Well, we're not 100% sure. We are going to work hard to get the best possible results in Miami, take a little family time and then figure out the rest. So, stay tuned - announcements will be forthcoming. Thanks again for everything, TB.(TBR Facebook)(11-17-2016)
For Kids' Sake Foundation Partners with Tommy Baldwin Racing at Homestead: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that For Kids' Sake Foundation will partner with the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. For Kids' Sake Foundation was created by Megan and Glen Jusczyk after their daughter Malia was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma at 2 ½ years old. Years later, the non-profit is still committed to raising awareness for and improving the lives of children with neuroblastoma throughout the country. The fact remains that every sixteen hours a child dies from neuroblastoma. Although cancer is the number one disease killer of our children, only 3.8% of cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer. For Kids' Sake is here to raise money for neuroblastoma research as well as for families of children diagnosed with this horrible disease. Malia Jusczyk, now an 8-year-old neuroblastoma cancer survivor, will join the team at Homestead and help share the message that you can help fight pediatric cancer. Go to www.maliacrushescancer.com to learn how you can help. "We are excited to partner with Tommy Baldwin Racing and the #7 car at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend," said Megan Jusczyk, Volunteer CEO of For Kids' Sake Foundation. "Not only are we able to get our message out to the millions of people watching during this NASCAR championship weekend, but my daughter Malia, the face of our foundation, will have the experience of a lifetime attending a race close to our home."
"We are honored to support Malia and the For Kids' Sake Foundation at Homestead," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Cancer affects so many families and Malia's story touched my heart. We are proudly representing all children and families suffering from this disease through Malia and the For Kids' Sake Foundation."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(11-17-2016)
Leavine Family Racing acquires charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing: Team leadership at Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy) has announced that the team has secured an ownership charter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track," said owner Bob Leavine. "The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond. We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities." The charter was purchased from Tommy Baldwin Racing. Bob and Sharon Leavine have been active in NASCAR since 2010 when they became sponsors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Leavine Family Racing was formed in 2011 and has grown to an organization employing 25 people with a race shop in Concord, N.C.(LFR), the sale of the charter kicks this weekend as #59-Michael McDowell is now guaranteed a spot in the race at Homestead while #7-Regan Smith has to qualify on speed.(11-17-2016)
Toy State adds Martinsville to #7 sponsorship deal: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Nikko RC/ Toy State has added to their race schedule and will sponsor Regan Smith and the #7 Nikko RC/ Toy State Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway. With the addition of Martinsville, Nikko RC/ Toy State will be on the #7 Chevrolet for the final four races of the 2016 season. "Heading into the final four races of the season we are proud to have Nikko RC / Toy State back on board the No. 7 Chevrolet," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Toy State has given us some fantastic paint schemes this season but we are proud to end it with the familiar blue paint scheme that our fans know and recognize."(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(10-28-2016)
Baldwin meets with employees, 'exploring all my opportunities' for team's future UPDATE3: Unsure about his organization's future, #7 team owner Tommy Baldwin met with his employees Monday "so I can give them the options if they needed to go find a job.'' Baldwin said Tuesday that "I'm exploring all my opportunities right now. I'm trying to figure everything out.'' He hopes to have his plans solidified by some point in December. Among the options, there is one thing Baldwin said he won't do. "I would never shut down,'' said Baldwin, whose team debuted in the Cup series in 2009. "Don't use that word. The options are keep going or sell. That's the only two options we have.'' Baldwin admits he's given his employees a similar message "in six out of the eight years" of the team and always made it to the next season. "The technology has just increased,'' Baldwin said. "Everyone has just become smarter. The race teams, with Michael Waltrip Racing shutting down (after the 2015 season) and some other things, it put a lot good people, dispersed a lot of good people to different teams. Everyone had to spend a lot more money to keep up with the Gibbs and Hendrick programs. It's funny to me how everyone thinks our racing is not good. This is the most competitive that NASCAR has ever been.'' Baldwin admits it has been a struggle at times for the team and driver Regan Smith. Baldwin has one of the 36 charters granted to Sprint Cup teams at the beginning of this season. That adds value to his organization, ensuring that his team - or whoever purchases the charter, if that happens - would be in every Cup points race. Baldwin's car is 32nd in the car owner point standings, ahead of five other teams that have charters (another team below Baldwin's leased its charter for this season). Smith is 33rd in the driver standings. He finished a season-best third at Pocono in August. His only other top-10 finish this year has been an eighth-place result in the Daytona 500.(NBC Sports)
UPDATE: hearing that Baldwin has sold the #7 TBR charter to the #95 Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing team. Not sure if that means the team will have two charters and run two teams or if Circle Sport gets one of the charters and runs the #33 team again. Supposedly Casey Mears will be the driver of the #95. Rumors have floated around the Ty Dillon would take over the #13 Germain Racing Chevy ride with increased support from Richard Childress Racing. No word if Baldwin would stay on as a part-owner or crew chief, move on to another team or keep running the #7 TBR team as an open team.
UPDATE2: FS1's NASCAR Racehub show confirmed Wednesday with multiple sources that Tommy Baldwain Racing has signed paperwork to transfer ownership charter to Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy). It was also reported that LFR leased their charter for 2016, supposedly from Circle Sport, which ran the #33 Chevy for years under the ownership of Joe Falk. Baldwin could play an advisory role with the team. TBR declined to comment. (10-19-2016)
UPDATE3: Leavine Family Racing is in the process of buying a charter for next season as its relationship with Circle Sport owner Joe Falk (who has a charter) will end after 2016, Leavine VP Jeremy Lange said Wednesday. Lange wouldn't confirm from which team it is buying a charter. The team plans to operate one Cup car (the #95) next year with a Richard Childress Racing alliance. Michael McDowell has been the Leavine primary driver since 2014 and has built a good relationship with the team but does not have a deal signed yet to drive for the team next season.(ESPN)(10-20-2016)
Fire Alarm Services returns to the #7 at Kansas: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Fire Alarm Services, Inc. will return as primary sponsor on the #7 Chevrolet for this weekend's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client's real estate investment. Fire Alarm Services, Inc., brings a fresh and innovative approach to the fire and life safety industry with an emphasis on developing lasting client relationships, and unmatched customer service. Fire Alarm Services Inc., provides commercial property owners a single source for all of their fire and life safety needs. Since 1997, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., has provided 24-hour service throughout the greater United States. Fire Alarm Services has partnered with Smith for the past four years, going back to his time in the XFINITY series. This is the second race this season with FAS as primary sponsor on Smith's #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet.(Tommy Baldwin Racing) see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(10-13-2016)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Partners with Rev the Vote: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) has partnered with Rev the Vote to encourage race fans to have their voices heard on Election Day this November. Rev the Vote will partner with TBR for the upcoming race at Charlotte as they did at Dover last week. Rev the Vote is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) social welfare organization. It will not endorse or support any political party or candidate. Rev the Vote simply wants American's voices heard. While there will be no direct advocacy on any particular policy matter, Rev the Vote finds it imperative that racing fans register to vote and turn their focus to the polls on Election Day. "Our team is proud to support Rev the Vote," said Tommy Baldwin. "We hope our fans follow in our footsteps and join in this non-partisan effort by following them on social media. Let's all have our voices heard on Election Day!"(TBR)(10-6-2016)
Citizen Soldier Film sponsoring Smith at Dover: "Citizen Soldier," a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan will be the primary sponsor for Regan Smith's #7 Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, October 2. Produced by Strong Eagle Media and distributed by Gravitas Ventures and Broad Green Pictures, "Citizen Soldier" is a modern day "Band of Brothers" and documents the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's (nicknamed the "Thunderbirds") 2011 deployment. Set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge, it is a heart-pounding, heartfelt grunt's-eye view of the war. The film tells the true story of an exceptional group of young soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood and patriotism. For Baldwin, this film hit home due to a relationship with United States Marine Corps Sgt. Derek Stevenin. Through Baldwin's friendship with Derek, Tommy understood the trials he faced with serving five deployments in just eight years. This past Memorial Day, TBR honored Derek and 17 of his fallen brothers on the #7 car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(9-22-2016)
Regan Smith returns to NC for birth of child; Ty Dillon subbing UPDATES: Ty Dillon will drive the Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 car in Sprint Cup practice Friday and Saturday as driver Regan Smith is returning to North Carolina to be with his wife, who has gone into labor. Smith possibly could return for the race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.(ESPN.com)(9-16-2016)
UPDATE: Ty Dillon will drive the #7 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, as Regan Smith remains in North Carolina.(9-18-2016)
UPDATE2: Just after the conclusion of the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday evening, Regan Smith tweeted a photo, "The two most beautiful girls I've ever laid my eyes on. We welcomed Eliza Grace Smith to the world this afternoon."(9-19-2015)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured on three more cars at Chicago: Nickelodeon announced it has added three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers to its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lineup at Chicagoland Speedway. #7-Regan Smith, #95-Michael McDowell and #38-Landon Cassill will join Danica Patrick with special paint schemes of the famous Turtles and their nemeses the Foot Clan. Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell.
• Smith will be driving the #7 Nikko RC/TMNT Raphael Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Raphael, one of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles raised and trained by their sensei Master Splinter, is known as the rebel of the group and wears a signature red mask.
• McDowell will also be #TeamTurtle when he hits the track in the #95 Thrivent Financial/TMNT Donatello Chevrolet. Donatello, aka Donnie, is the brains of the Turtles and will adorn the hood and right rear quarter panel of McDowell's Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing car.
• Cassill will pilot the #38 TMNT Bebop Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Bepop, a mutant Warthog, is one of the henchmen of the Turtles' archenemy Shredder and part of the criminal organization the Foot Clan - #TeamFoot.
• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick has already been announced to drive the #10 April O'Neil/Nature's Bakery Chevrolet SS in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.
Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles-Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo-trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers.(Nickelodeon PR), see images of the cars on the #7 team paint schemes page, #38 team paint schemes page, and #95 team paint schemes page.(9-9-2016)
APC sponsoring Smith at MIS: Regan Smith and the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team is headed back to the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this weekend for the Pure Michigan 400. Smith will be sponsored by Advanced Patient Care LLC, a hands-on clinical care company dedicated to making the transition from hospital to home seamless and successful. Toy State will be an associate sponsor.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(8-28-2016)
TBR adds associate sponsor for Watkins Glen: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced that Schultz Heating & Cooling will be an associate sponsor on Regan Smith's #7-Advanced Patient Care (APC) Chevy at Watkins Glen International. This will be Schultz Heating's first time as an associate sponsorship on the #7 car. Schultz Heating & Cooling has been in the business of HVAC repair and service for over five years. Their installers and technicians have more than 25 years of experience in the field and work hard to make sure the entire staff is up-to-date about all things heating and cooling. Reliability, workmanship, and satisfaction is most important. "We are huge fans of Tommy Baldwin Racing and can't wait for our company to be on the 7 car at a race so close to our home," said Mike Schultz, owner of Schultz Heating and Cooling. "We are excited to support TBR and the team because like Tommy and his team, we have worked hard to grow into a successful business. We have been in business for five years now and have over 25 years of experience in HVAC systems."(140buzz/TBR)(8-4-2016)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Salutes New York Modified Legend "Dutch" Hoag: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will head to Watkins Glen International full of New York flavor. The #7 Advanced Patient Care (APC) Chevrolet will carry the familiar paint scheme of Donald "Dutch" Hoag, a multi-time champion at a variety of short tracks throughout the state. Born in nearby Naples, Hoag also ran four Grand National -- predecessor to the Sprint Cup Series -- races during the 1950's. "We wanted to recognize Dutch for a few reasons," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "He was one of the drivers that my dad looked up to when he started his modified career. I remember when I was a kid, he'd always talk about how Dutch was always going to be the guy to beat, no matter what track we raced." There was a good reason for that. In additional to the many track championships, Hoag is a multi-time Modified Race of Champions winner. In 1968 he won the coveted event by a full lap. Hoag was also influential in starting many careers. In 1969, Hoag let an eager young crewman take some hot laps in his modified. The following year he fielded a second car for him. That kid, was Geoff Bodine. In 1972, Bodine went on to win his first Race of Champions and had subsequent success in the Sprint Cup Series. "For me, this is not about just running a special paint scheme. It's a true remembrance of a driver who impacted my family and the entire Northeast modified community. My dad would be proud that we're doing this," said Baldwin, who is a native of Long Island. To further the connection, driver Regan Smith was born and raised one-hour North of WGI, in Cato, NY. "If you're from NY, you know Dutch Hoag," Smith said. "It's pretty cool to be able to run his colors this weekend." Hoag, who passed away in May at the age of 89, won on both asphalt and dirt between the 1940's and 1970's.(TBR), see an image of the scheme on the #7 Team Schemes page (8-3-2016)
TBR honoring Mario Fiore at New Hampshire: Tommy Baldwin Racing will honor the memory of longtime NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour Championship Car Owner, Mario Fiore with a special paint scheme on their Advanced Patient Care (APC) / Nikko RC #7 Chevy this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Fiore passed away last month of an undisclosed illness at age 65. The #44 team was always part of the NASCAR Modified conversations from the 1970's through the early 2000's within the context of winning. In 2000, Fiore and company took Championship honors with Jerry Marquis behind the wheel. In addition to the Series title, Fiore's team won championships at five New England short tracks over the years. Baldwin ran a poll on their Facebook page for the fans to vote on their favorite paint scheme. The iconic Teddy Bear Pools Pontiac was the overwhelming choice.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(7-15-2016)
Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State to sponsor #7 TBR team at Kentucky: Tommy Baldwin Racing's Regan Smith will team with Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State for the upcoming Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race on July 9th at Kentucky Speedway. "We are proud to have Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State back onboard for Kentucky," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "It's a big race weekend for them as sponsors and we are proud to have them on the #7 car for the weekend."
"I'm looking forward to heading to Kentucky and having Advance and Quaker State on board for such an exciting race," said Smith. Advance Auto Parts President George Sherman, who will start the race as the Grand Marshal, said "We're looking forward to another great Quaker State 400 race and seeing Regan Smith and the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet carrying the Advance Auto Parts colors."(TBR), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(6-22-2016)
Tommy Baldwin, Jr. Honors Family Friend and Comrades on Sunday: The NASCAR Modified roots run deep for Tommy Baldwin. Growing up on Long Island and working on his dad, Tom's car he forged many close relationships over the course of that era. Twelve years ago, Baldwin rekindled a friendship that dated back to his youth with a friend of his dad's. Several years later "Butch" Stevenin, an avid Modified fan, introduced his son Derek to Tommy. The younger Stevenin is a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps - serving five deployments in the three different Battalions over the past eight years. It was then when Baldwin dug deeper into the work of our military. "It's very eye-opening when you hear stories directly from those who serve our country," said Baldwin. "I've always had an appreciate of what our service men and women do, but Derek has brought me into the trenches with him. We really don't know how much our military sacrifices and what they endure to protect us. It's all very humbling." This Sunday, Stevenin will join the team for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But he makes clear that it isn't about him. "I'm so grateful that Tommy has chosen to honor 17 of my 'brothers' who lost their lives serving our country, said Stevenin. "These men were all-in. They gave their lives to protect our freedom. And while I'm grateful to be (at Charlotte Motor Speedway) and be with the team, I'm proud to have the opportunity to share the memories of my comrades. I can't thank Tommy and his entire team for what they're doing on behalf of our real heroes." The #7 Nikko RC/Toy State Chevy will carry the names of the fallen soldiers. Derek's name will appear above the passenger door."I'd have to say that in all the years I've been working in NASCAR, this Coca-Cola 600 is going to be the most special. I'm proud to know Derek and to have the opportunity to honor those who give selflessly to ensure our freedom. We should all take a little time to recognize that."(TBR/140Buzz)(5-29-2016)
Toy State and Go Baby Go Host Annual Charlotte Workshop: Toy State, a toy industry leader and innovator, has once again pledged its support to helping children with mobility issues. Today, along with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Toy State hosted their 4th Go Baby Go workshop over the last 12 months and the second in Charlotte. Today's workshop took place in Mooresville, NC at the Tommy Baldwin Racing shop. Toy State provided ten area children with a ride-on car that was outfitted to model the #7 Nikko RC / Toy State car driven by Regan Smith on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Smith along with fellow NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell and Ryan Preece were in attendance along with other members of the NASCAR community. Toy State is currently in the middle of a 14-race partnership with TBR as the primary sponsor of the #7 car. For more information about how you can get involved in Go Baby Go visit the University of Delaware's GoBabyGo website, udel.edu/gobabygo/. The site includes contact information for program affiliates across the United States and around the world, as well as information about how to bring a car-modifying workshop to your area.(140Buzz)(5-26-2016)
Cup crew member suspended 2nd time for violating substance abuse policy: A crew member in the Sprint Cup Series has been indefinitely suspended a second time in his career for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Kelly Johnson, who most recently worked as a jackman with Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy), was indefinitely suspended Tuesday for violation of NASCAR's substance abuse policy. It's his second violation in less than two years. Johnson was indefinitely suspended for violation of the policy in November 2014 and reinstated in January 2015 after completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery program.(Motorsport)(5-25-2016)
Golden Corral returns to the #7: Golden Corral returns for their second race of the 2016 season with Tommy Baldwin Racing, driver Regan Smith, and a brand new car design. The car design features a new bold color scheme and the logos of two charitable organizations - Camp Corral and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Golden Corral supports both of these organizations as a way to honor our nation's men and women in uniform. Founded by Golden Corral, Camp Corral is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Over 10,000 children have been served at Camp Corral and the program has expanded to 21 camps in 19 states.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(4-30-2016)
Kulwicki throwback scheme for Smith at Darlington UPDATE: #7-Regan Smith and Tommy Baldwin Racing will run a special throwback scheme at Darlington Raceway that pays tribute to 1992 Sprint Cup Chamipon Alan Kulwicki. The car, sponsored by Nikko and Road Rippers resembles the #7 Hooters car driven by Kulwicki.(4-9-2016)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing's #7 Chevrolet will pay tribute to 1992 NASCAR Cup champion Alan Kulwicki during Darlington Raceway's throwback weekend in September. The #7 Road Rippers/Toy State design echoes the familiar paint scheme that Kulwicki drove to Victory Lane in three of his five career wins. "We're proud to be part of such a unique promotion that helps connect fans to the history of NASCAR," said Toy State President, Andy Friess. "It's a privilege to recognize Alan Kulwicki as a champion, and as a man admired by so many, both inside and outside of the sport."
"It's an honor for us to pay tribute to a true champion of our sport," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Sharing the car number is a great way to celebrate his accomplishments, it is even more special because Alan achieved success as an independent team. We're grateful to Darlington Raceway and NASCAR for giving us such a special platform."(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(4-20-2016)
Fire Alarm Services joins Tommy Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced the signing of sponsor Fire Alarm Services to a two-race primary sponsorship beginning this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. FAS will also sponsor Regan Smith's #7 Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway on October 16th. Headquartered in Arvada, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc. provides superior Fire Life Safety and Security services and products for protecting client's real estate investment. Fire Alarm Services, Inc. brings a fresh and innovative approach to the Fire Life Safety industry with an emphasis on developing lasting client relationships, and as always, unmatched customer service.(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint schemes page.(4-5-2016)
Daytona Warnings issued: Written warnings were issued to the teams of #7-Regan Smith, #38-Landon Cassill, #44-Brian Scott, and #46-Michael Annett for failing the Laser Inspection Station on February 14, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway during pre-qualifying inspection.(NASCAR)(2-24-2016)
Free Food on Monday: Regan Smith delivered an 8th place finish in the Golden Corral #7 Chevy in the Daytona 500. That means Kids Eat Free on Monday, February 22nd, at Golden Corral restaurants across the country. Each time the #7 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top 10 this season, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion immediately following the top-10 race finish. Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price with a limit of two (2) free kids meals per adult buffet purchased.
AND with #4-Kevin Harvick's 4th place finish in the Daytona 500, fans can get a free Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse on Monday.(2-22-2016)
Golden Corral "Top 10 Kids Eat Free" Promotion Kicks Off in Daytona: For the sixth consecutive year, Golden Corral returns to Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) sponsoring the four superspeedway races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Golden Corral is the pioneer of one of the most unique promotions in NASCAR, "Top 10 Kids Eat Free." Each time the #7 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top 10, Golden Corral will offer a one-day "Kids Eat Free" promotion on the Monday immediately following the top-10 event. Details of the offer include:
· Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price at participating locations.
· Limit of two (2) free kid's meals per adult buffet purchased.
"We're delighted to be back at the superspeedway races with the #7 team. We want to share our Top 10 Kids Eat Free promotion with race fans so we're pulling for top-10 finishes," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral.
"We're always proud to have Golden Corral on board at the restrictor-plate races," said owner Tommy Baldwin. "They've been a long-standing partner of ours and we look forward to helping them give away a lot of free meals!"(TBR)(2-21-2016)
TBR and Alex Bowman Part Ways, Smith gets ride UPDATE2 TBR Statement: It was announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Alex Bowman, will not return to Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy) in 2016. "As NASCAR transitions to different business and competition models, teams have to make decisions accordingly," said team owner, Tommy Baldwin. "We appreciate what Alex contributed during 2015 and wish him the best in the future." During this past season, Bowman qualified for 35 of 36 championship points events. His start/finish average was 34th and 31st respectively and placed 33rd in the final standings.(140Buzz/TBR)(1-21-2016)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announces Regan Smith as driver of the #7 Chevy in 2016. As previously announced, Toy State and their Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands will serve as the majority sponsor for the season. "This is a really great time for us," said team owner, Tommy Baldwin. "Having a driver with Regan's credentials further elevates our program. He's a seasoned driver and a proven race winner. We're really looking forward to 2016." A native of Cato, NY, Smith is equally as eager to get the season started. "This has been a crazy few days, but I'm really excited that we were able to put this together," he said. "I have a ton of respect for Tommy and what he's built there. It's going to be a lot of fun. Our son Rhett turns one next month, so I'll be putting in my request for some Road Rippers cars. That's a pretty good perk too!" Smith's career in NASCAR boasts a total of 7 wins, 34 top-five's and 94 top-ten's across the three National Touring Series, including the storied Southern 500 at Darlington in 2011.(TBR)(1-21-2016)
UPDATE2: Statement from Tommy Baldwin Racing concerning the recent driver change: "The business of NASCAR is no different than any other professional sport. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces behind the scenes that fans and media don't see. Decisions are made carefully over a period of time and are influenced by many factors. As the competition and business models change in NASCAR, it's the responsibility of teams to make decisions accordingly. We felt that we needed to make some changes, and the driver was one of them. The circumstances surrounding Alex's release via social media was unfortunate and certainly unintentional. The culture of doing business in motorsports has become more complex and involves many parties such as agents, business managers, attorneys and sponsors. A comment in passing may be overheard and subsequently conveyed to the media. Our intention, as it always is, was to follow business protocol and notify Alex and his management of our decision. Again, it's unfortunate that confidentiality was compromised, and the news delivered in this manner. Alex Bowman is a talented, young race car driver. He has a good future ahead of him. We appreciate his time with us and wish him well.(TBR Facebook page)(1-23-2016)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Restructures Team: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced major changes within the organization for 2016. Francois "Frankie" Bergeron comes over from Joe Gibbs Racing where, as Fabrication Shop Manager, he oversaw the complete building of their cars for the past five years. Now, he'll take his seasoned experience to TBR where he will assume the same role. "Frankie brings with him a resume full of race wins and experience," said team owner, Tommy Baldwin. "His knowledge and leadership will be an invaluable asset to our program. We're excited to have him join us."
Chad Walters, who worked at Michael Waltrip Racing for the past three years, will lead the race engineering efforts. At MWR, he served as an engineer and R&D Manager. Walters will flank Ed Nathman, who has assumed the role of Simulation and Vehicle Dynamics Manager. Veteran Mike Brill joins TBR as Car Chief of the #7 Chevy driven by Alex Bowman. Most recently at Richard Childress Racing, Brill has been a fixture in the NASCAR garage for many years. He takes over for Ken Davis, who's focus will be at the shop as a chassis specialist and mechanic.
The newly revamped body-building shop will benefit from the addition of two former MWR employees. Both Doug Trader and Brent Patzack bring a wealth of experience to TBR and will complement the existing staff. Additionally, longtime TBR team member, Jamie Tomaino, has been promoted to Shop Foreman. "This is probably the most excited about a season than we've ever been," said Baldwin. "I feel that we've put together a team capable of bringing us to the next level of competition. This business is all about the people and I think we've assembled some of the best." Founded in 2009, Tommy Baldwin Racing is a NASCAR organization that fields the #7 Chevy driven by Alex Bowman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Baldwin, a native of Long Island, New York, is a Daytona 500-winning crew chief in his seventh season as a full-time Cup Series car owner.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)(12-21-2015)
Tommy Baldwin Racing announces sponsorship deal UPDATE: Toy State has renewed with Tommy Baldwin Racing for a multi-year sponsorship deal. No word on number or races or length of the deal. Toy State was the primary sponsor on the #7 Chevy and driver Alex Bowman for ten races in 2016.(Tommy Baldwin Racing Facebook / Twitter)(12-15-2015)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing and Toy State have announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement for the #7 Chevy driven by Alex Bowman. Toy State sponsored Bowman for nine races this past year (was on the car for the Daytona 500 which the team failed to qualify for), and will be stepping up to 13 Sprint Cup Series races in 2016 and 17 in 2017. TBR is entering its eighth year, but it's the first off-season where the team can concentrate on the upcoming season with sponsorship secured. "It's a nice way to start the new year," Baldwin said, "to have a company like Toy State with all its different brands of toys and Nikko radio-controlled cars." Throughout the season, Bowman's #7 entry will feature many paint schemes closer to what the consumer will actually see in the toy lines. During the announcement, which was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the team unveiled one of the new paint schemes that resembles an RC shark monster truck in the product line. Last year, Bowman and the team participated in many events at hospitals to give toys away to kids and will continue that through this partnership. "It's great to be a part of this," Bowman said. "To have them on our car and to be able to put smiles on kids' faces everywhere we go has been really special." TBR will have an alliance with Richard Childress Racing and ECR engines for 2016. "We've hired a lot of good people to join the good people we already have for next year," Baldwin said. "We're rebuilding our whole fleet and updating to the latest, greatest thing that we need. It's an exciting time for me."(Motor Racing Network), see images of one of the schemes on the 2016 #7 team paint schemes page.(12-15-2015)
Toy State becomes NASCAR Licensee: Toy State, a toy industry leader and innovator of licensed and highly-stylized 'lights and sound' and radio-controlled toy vehicles, has entered into a global licensing agreement with NASCAR. The relationship will allow Toy State to introduce NASCAR-licensed products specially designed to connect with the next generation of NASCAR fans. With a portfolio that already includes licensing agreements with leading global properties including Caterpillar, Hot Wheels, DC Super Friends, Barbie and WWE, the addition of the NASCAR brand further strengthens this lineup and fortifies Toy State's motorsports program. This deal is the latest activation piece of Toy State's entry into motorsports after serving as a primary sponsor for Tommy Baldwin Racing's #7 Chevy during the 2015 season. While no plans have been announced concerning the company's sponsorship plans in 2016, this new licensing deal will allow Toy State to create 'lights and sound' and radio-controlled toy versions of on-track car replicas for distribution across a broad network of retail channels. Development is currently underway on the toy line.(Toy State)
AND While there may be no connection, Tommy Baldwin Racing has a sponsorship announcement scheduled for Tuesday morning.(12-15-2015)
Tommy Baldwin Racing Pays Tribute to "Tiger" Tom Baldwin: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that the #7 Chevy will be a throwback to Baldwin's racing roots and honor the memory of his dad, the late "Tiger" Tom Baldwin. The car design, with driver Alex Bowman behind the wheel, replicates the NASCAR Modified #7NY that Tom raced successfully throughout the Northeast. "I'm grateful to Darlington Raceway and NASCAR for creating the 'throwback' theme," said Tommy Baldwin. "My dad had a great influence on my career, where I started working in his shop and later became his crew chief. That ultimately led to where I am today. Having the opportunity to pay tribute to him and say 'thank you' means a lot to me and my family."(Tommy Baldwin Racing), see an image of the car on the #7 team paint scheme page or see all the Bojangles' Southern 500 throwback schemes on the Darlington throwback schemes page.(9-2-2015)
Tommy Baldwin Racing re-signs Bowman UPDATE2: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised its option on Alex Bowman. Bowman, 22, joined TBR at the start of the 2015 season. The driver of the #7 Nikko/Golden Corral Chevy is one of NASCAR's rising stars. "Obviously, we have a lot of good things going on for the future," said team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. "We picked up his option last week. We're real excited about what we have going on with TBR right now. We figured if we got Alex locked down and then we can work on all the necessary tools to keep climbing up the ladder."(Motorsport)(6-28-2015)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing has exercised their option to keep Alex Bowman in the #7 Chevy for the 2016 season. "We've got some great things happening right now and the most important part of all our plans was signing Alex as early as possible," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Now we can continue to focus on the rest of the parts and pieces needed to continue our forward progress."
"I'm excited for all the things Tommy and the team have in the works and knowing that I will be a part of that for the next year is a good feeling," said Bowman. "This has been a good year for us and I am confident in what we can continue to do this season and next."(TBR)
AND the team will have Advance Auto Parts as the the sponsor on the #7 Chevy at Kentucky. See an images of the car on the #7 Team Schemes page.(7-1-2015)
UPDATE: Tommy Baldwin Racing's Alex Bowman will team with Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State for the upcoming Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race on July 11th at Kentucky Speedway. "We are proud to have Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State onboard for Kentucky," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "It's a big race weekend for them as sponsors of the Quaker State 400 and we are proud to have them on the #7 car for the weekend."
"I am looking forward to having Advance Auto Parts on board at Kentucky," said Bowman. "The Kentucky race is always one of my favorites but having Advance Auto onboard with our No.7 Chevrolet is going to make this a great weekend." This is the third year that Advance Auto Parts has been a presenting sponsor of the Kentucky race. "We are extremely excited to support Sprint Cup racing in Kentucky, and to have the Advance colors on the #7 Chevy," said Advance Auto Parts SVP CMO Walter Scott.(TBR)(7-2-2015)
BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing considering merger? UPDATE: Chatter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage this weekend has a potential merger between BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing being considered, CATCHFENCE.com has learned. Both teams have struggled thus far at NASCAR's top level this season, but the merger would combine resources, assets and personnel with hopes of lifting the on-track performance of their drivers. Another possible scenario is BK Racing simply acquiring Tommy Baldwin Racing, sources say. Currently, Tommy Baldwin Racing fields the #7 Chevy for Alex Bowman, while BK Racing fields three cars for rookie candidate Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto and veteran JJ Yeley. Bowman drove for BK Racing in 2014, but left the team to join TBR. Sources tell CATCHFENCE.com if the merger happened, it's likely that Baldwin's team would switch to Toyota and Baldwin taking a director of competition role. A spokesperson for RAB Racing, which currently does not field a full-time team, confirmed that they were involved in an initial discussion with BK Racing, but wouldn't elaborate.(Catchfence)(4-26-2015)
UPDATE: been told this was discussed but no merger will happen.(5-10-2015)
Bray Pemberton joins Tommy Baldwin Racing as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel: Tommy Baldwin Racing announced the team has hired Bray Pemberton as General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel for the two car NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Team. Bray, 29, is a 2012 graduate from The University of South Carolina School of Law and became licensed in North Carolina to practice law in July 2012. Prior to joining TBR, Pemberton, whose family has a long history in the sport of NASCAR, was general manager at Swan Racing and spent a short time with Randy Humphrey Racing. "While I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had with race teams in NASCAR, I can honestly say I've never been so excited about the possibilities I now have working along-side Tommy Baldwin," said Pemberton. "I have the utmost respect for what Tommy and Beth (Baldwin's wife) have done over the past few years in building this team, basically on their own. I see so many great opportunities to help continue to grow their dream and see TBR compete with the top teams in NASCAR," he added.(TBR)(1-9-2015)