Dave Blaney Battles Ill-Handling Racecar to Finish 26th in Phoenix
AVONDALE, ARIZ. (November 12, 2012) – Dave Blaney started the AdvoCare 500 from the 42nd position. The Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team worked on the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet’s handling throughout the race and finished in the 26th position at Phoenix International Raceway.
Blaney started the AdvoCare 500 from the 42nd position and drove the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet into the 26th position by lap 15. He told the crew that the Chevrolet started the race loose off the corner. On lap 18, the No. 19 had an incident in turn three and brought out the caution. Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin called Blaney down pit road for a four-tire pit stop and no adjustments as the car began to tighten up throughout the run.
The field restarted on lap 21 with the Accell Construction Chevrolet in the 30th position. Blaney drove in the top-30 until the No. 38 brought out the caution on lap 53. He told the crew that the car was now really loose getting into turn one and tight off the corner. Baldwin called the No. 36 Chevrolet down pit road for a four-tire pit stop and air pressure adjustment. The Accell Construction Chevrolet restarted in the 29th position on lap 60.
Three laps later, Blaney told the crew that the car was loose everywhere and almost wrecked. By lap 85, he radioed that he almost spun out in turn one and fell a lap down on lap 86. He held onto the 32nd position, one lap down, until a green-flag pit stop on lap 119. Following the pit stop, he drove into the 31st position but fell a second lap down. By lap 135, Blaney radioed that the Accell Construction Chevrolet was very loose and tight when he raced other cars. By the lap 168 debris caution, the No. 36 Chevrolet fell a third lap down.
During the caution, Baldwin called for a four-tire pit stop and trackbar adjustment. The No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet restarted in the 32nd position on lap 174. The trackbar adjustment did not help the loose condition, and Blaney radioed that he was still about to wreck each lap. The No. 48 Chevrolet hit the wall on lap 236 and brought out the caution. Blaney continued to explain that he could not turn the wheel without the tires chattering and almost spinning out. Baldwin called for another four-tire pit stop and an air pressure and trackbar adjustment.
On lap 242, the Accell Construction Chevrolet restarted in 30th place, three laps down. Fourteen laps later, Blaney radioed that the car was better at the beginning of the run but was returning to the same problems. The No. 34 had an accident in turn four and brought out the caution on lap 274. Baldwin elected to make a four-tire pit stop and chassis adjustment, and the No. 36 Chevrolet restarted in the 30th position. On lap 282, the No. 14 Chevrolet spun and brought out the caution for three laps.
The field went back to green flag racing for 17 laps before the No. 22 had an incident in turn three. Baldwin called the Accell Construction Chevrolet down pit road for the team’s final four-tire pit stop. Blaney restarted in the 30th position on lap 305. Contact between the No. 15 and No. 24 Chevrolet collected two other cars and brought out the caution on lap 312, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. NASCAR Officials called a red flag for more than 14 minutes to clean up the track. The No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet restarted in the 29th spot on lap 318. By the checkered flag, Blaney drove into the 26th spot, three laps down.
The No. 36 Chevrolet held onto the 35th spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Owner Points. The team is 71 points behind the No. 32 and 90 points ahead of the No. 21. Blaney also held onto the 33rd position in the NSCS Driver Points. He is 42 points ahead of teammate David Reutimann and 48 points behind A.J. Allmendinger.
“I’m not sure what was wrong with the car,” explained Blaney. “No matter what we changed, we still had the same issues. The guys worked really hard all weekend to make the car handle better, and we just couldn’t find it. Now, we will focus on Miami and end the season on a good note.”
Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Chevrolet in the NSCS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 18.
About Accell Construction:
Accell Construction, Inc. operates as a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries and specializes in tank farm construction, tank foundations and other related site civil construction. Accell Construction’s clients know they can expect excellent safety, reliability and top-notch job performance. Accell, whose projects are always in budget and completed early, enjoys a 20 year reputation that is second to none.
Oklahoma based Accell Construction operates civil construction projects in numerous states across the U.S. and has constructed some of the largest petroleum storage facilities built in the U.S. in the last 15 years.
Accell benefits from a team of employees who bring decades of civil experience. The Accell team, many of whom have been with the company since inception, is committed to excellence and safety. All field personnel are also required to be TWIC certified. Accell has a well known reputation in the petroleum storage industry for performing the highest quality work—always in an expedient, but safe manner.
For more information on Accell Construction, visit www.accellconstructioninc.com.
About Feed the Children:
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is an international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2011, Feed The Children distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally.
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.
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