Ryan Blaney Secured Top-15 Finish for Tommy Baldwin Racing at Kentucky Speedway
The No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet finished 15th in the Feed the Children 300
SPARTA, Ky. (July 3, 2012) – Ryan Blaney secured a top-15 finish in his intermediate speedway debut in the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway. The Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) driver started in the 14th spot and battled back from handling issues and a speeding penalty to finish in 15th place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed the Children 300.
Blaney started 14th and fell back to the 17th position before the first caution of the day on lap 26 for a spin in turn four. Crew Chief Brad Parrott called the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet down pit road for a two-tire pit stop during the caution period. Blaney was caught speeding while driving down pit road and had to start at the tail end of the lead lap for the lap 31 restart.
Restarting 27th, the NNS rookie worked his way up to the 25th position by lap 45 and radioed that the Chevrolet was loose. He continued he trek back through the field and drove into the 21st position by lap 70. Still struggling with a loose-handling racecar, he fell a lap down to the leader on lap 84. Parrott elected to make a green-flag pit stop on lap 88 for four tires and a trackbar adjustment.
By lap 90, the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet was in the 20th position, one lap down. Blaney told the crew that the car was now chattering in the corner. On lap 117, he posted his fastest lap of the race so far and was the fastest car on the 1.5-mile track as he drove into the 18th position. On lap 123, he told the crew that the SealWrap Chevrolet was better but still a little tight.
The North Carolina native moved into the 15th spot before making his third pit stop of the night on lap 140. The SealWrap team made a four-tire stop with a trackbar and air pressure adjustment. As Blaney returned to the track, NASCAR Officials called a caution for debris on the track on lap 143. The No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet was in the 20th spot, three laps down. Parrott had Blaney stay out during the caution period to get the wave around. He restarted on lap 149 in the 19th position, two laps down.
Blaney moved into the 18th position by lap 150 but fell a third lap down by lap 164. By lap 173, the car’s handling improved, and Blaney radioed that he really liked the handling. He drove into the 17th position on lap 180 and continued to post fast lap times and improve his position. By the checkered flag, he worked the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet into the 15th position and tallied his second top-15 finish in three starts in the series.
“We struggled with the handling at first, and the speeding penalty didn’t help,” explained Blaney. “We stuck with it and worked on getting the car to drive better. By the end, we were pretty good, but unfortunately, we were stuck a few laps down. Still, we met our goal of getting a solid finish in my first mile-and-a-half start. I’m excited to get back at it in Indy. That will be another challenge and another first for me to tackle.”
Blaney will return to the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the NNS debut at the famed track.
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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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