Tommy Baldwin announced the formation of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) team, Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR), on January 8, 2009. The race team ran 25 races in 2009 in the No. 36 Toyota Camry with several different drivers including: Scott Riggs, Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier, Robert Richardson and Michael McDowell. TBR finished the 2009 NSCS season 41st in the Owner’s Points standings. Highlights from the season include a 18th-place finish in the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in November 2009 and a 25th-place finish at the 2009 Daytona 500.
The team made a switch from Toyota to Chevrolet in the 2009 offseason and began using Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines in 2010. In an effort to develop a driver development program for TBR, Baldwin teamed up with Al Heinke in December 2009 to form Heinke-Baldwin Racing. The pair extended their relationship and developed a partnership in TBR as well in January 2010.
During the 2010 season, TBR ran both the No. 36 and 35 Chevrolets in select events. Both cars made a total of 28 starts in 2010. The team’s best finish came at Daytona International Speedway when Steve Park drove the No. 36 Richie Evans tribute car to a 13th-place finish in the Coke Zero 400. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 to the team’s best start of seventh at Talladega Superspeedway.
In January 2011, TBR announced the team would run a full-season with Dave Blaney in the No. 36 Chevrolet. The team was successful right out of the gate, leading three laps in the Daytona 500 and finishing 26th after an incident with four laps to go. The success opened the door for a bigger program with sponsor Golden Corral. Blaney captured the team’s best finish and tied his career-best finish of third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway. Dave Blaney, Geoffrey Bodine, Ron Fellows and Stephen Leicht competed in 44 races, with the No. 36 Chevrolet competing in 36 events and a second entry, the No. 35 Chevrolet, competing in eight events. The No. 36 team finished 33rd in NSCS Owner Points.
In 2012, TBR expanded to compete with two full-time NSCS teams and one part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team. In a collaboration deal with Stewart-Haas Racing, David Reutimann and Danica Patrick will split the NSCS schedule in the No. 10 Chevrolet. Dave Blaney will return to the No. 36 Chevrolet in the NSCS. Dave’s son Ryan will compete in a partial schedule in the NNS along with Ryan Truex and Bobby Santos.
2013 was a milestone year for Tommy Baldwin and the entire team. Securing the No. 7 as the primary car number for the team, Baldwin was able to gain something that meant more than just a number on a car, it meant family and honor. Locking in SANY America, a heavy machinery company out of Atlanta, Georgia, as the primary sponsor of Dave Blaney’s Chevrolet, Baldwin focused on expanding the two car team he was building. The No. 36, driven by veteran JJ Yeley, had multiple sponsorships that included, Golden Corral, Accell Construction, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, and United Mining Equipment, for the year. Starting off the season with a Top 10 finish in the Daytona 500, TBR continued their fight. Throughout the season, several top organizations recognized the hard work of the team and joined forces with TBR for special race weekend events, including Susan G Komen and the NASCAR Foundation. Tommy Baldwin Racing ended the 2013 season with two cars in the Top 35 in NASCAR owner points.
The 2014 is going to be Tommy Baldwin Racing’s best season yet. Signing Pilot Flying J as the primary sponsor on the No. 7 Chevrolet, TBR also got rookie driver, Michael Annette. In a addition, Baldwin signed young gun, Reed Sorenson to pilot the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet. The 2014 season is shaping up to be the best so far.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the race weekends on the success of Tommy Baldwin Racing.