David Reutimann and Tommy Baldwin Racing Finish in 30th Place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
LOUDON, N.H. (September 24, 2012) – David Reutimann secured a 34th-place starting spot for the Sunday’s Sylvania 300. The Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team worked on the handling of the No. 10 Chevrolet during the 300-lap race, and Reutimann drove to a 30th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Reutimann took the green flag from the 34th position and quickly worked into the 32nd position by lap 15. The Florida native told the crew that the car was loose in the center of the corner. By lap 37, the No. 10 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track and running in the 32nd position. On lap 42, NASCAR Officials waved the yellow flag for a competition caution. Crew Chief and New England native Tommy Baldwin called the No. 10 Chevrolet down pit road for a four-tire pit stop and a trackbar adjustment.
The No. 10 Chevrolet restarted in the 28th position on lap 46. Reutimann still struggled with a loose-handling racecar. By lap 93, he told the crew he needed help getting into the corner so he was not so free in the center. On lap 103, Reutimann gave up the 30th spot and drove down pit road for a green-flag pit stop. The TBR crew changed four tires and made a trackbar adjustment.
Reutimann returned to the track in the 32nd position, one lap down. He told the crew that he struggled racing other cars because the car was both free into the corner and in the center of the corner. On lap 130, NASCAR Officials called a caution for debris in turn three. Baldwin called his driver down pit road, and the team changed four tires and made a wedge adjustment.
The field restarted on lap 133 with the No. 10 Chevrolet in the 31st position, one lap down. Ten laps later, Reutimann told the crew the car’s handling did not improve and discussed unhooking the rear bar. NASCAR Officials called another debris caution on lap 179. The TBR team utilized this caution to unhook the rear bar during their four-tire pit stop. The team also made a wedge and trackbar adjustment during the lap 179 pit stop.
The No. 10 restarted in the 32nd position, two laps down, on lap 184. The Zephyrhills, Fla., native told the crew that the Chevrolet was really loose by lap 196. He drove into the 30th position on lap 210, but by lap 232, he told the crew the car was now really tight. Baldwin called his driver down pit road for a green flag pit stop on lap 240. The team changed four tires and made an air pressure adjustment.
The TBR Chevrolet returned to the track in the 31st position, three laps down. On lap 274, NASCAR Officials called the final caution for debris in turn two. Reutimann told the crew that he struggled turning the steering wheel because the car was so loose. Baldwin called for a four-tire pit stop and a trackbar adjustment during the caution period.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) field went back to green flag racing on lap 278 with Reutimann in the 31st position. The car handled better on the last run of the race as Reutimann worked his line on the racetrack. By lap 295, the No. 10 Chevrolet fell one more lap down to the leader. Reutimann drove the car into the 30th position, four laps down, by the checkered flag on lap 300.
The No. 10 Chevrolet is 33rd in NSCS Owner Points and locked into the top-35 by 172 points. The team leads the No. 32 in 34th by 31 points and trails the No. 83 by 48 points. Reutimann is 34th in NSCS Driver Points. He is 117 points ahead of Brian Vickers and trails teammate Dave Blaney by 19 points.
“We just really struggled with the handling,” explained Reutimann. “The team worked hard to improve the car, but the way the cautions fell, we did not have enough time to fix it. I’m excited that Talladega is the next race for me. We have done really well at the superspeedways.”
Reutimann will return to the No. 10 Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway October 6. TBR will head to Dover International Speedway with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel of the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet.
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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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