Tommy Baldwin Racing: Bristol Motor Speedway Pre-Race News and Notes
Event/Date: Food City 500 – March 17, 2013
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Length: .533 mile
Race Distance: 500 laps/266.5 miles
Tune in: NASCAR on FOX at 12:30 p.m. (ET)
The Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team is ready to head to the World’s Fastest Half Mile for short track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Entering the weekend, JJ Yeley and Dave Blaney are tied in points, 71 behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
For the third week in a row, Dave Blaney and the No. 7 team will be sporting the SANY America colors as they look to continue their strides of solid performances.
Blaney’s history at Bristol: Blaney knows his way around Bristol with 25 races under his belt. With his best finish of 14th in the fall 2006 race, Dave has an average finish of 30.3.
Blaney on Bristol: “Bristol is a track where you’ve got to be on your game for 500 laps. It’s a great race for both the fans and the drivers and its definitely one of my favorites.”
Crew Chief/Team Owner Tommy Baldwin on Bristol: “I think of Bristol as an endurance race. You have to survive 95% of the laps and then get what you can. It’s a good track for Dave, and we’re bringing a really good car.”
Blaney by the numbers: Heading into Bristol, Dave Blaney is 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings.
Did you know?: Racing is in the Blaney blood – father Lou, brother Dale and Dave’s son Ryan all have raced at one time or another.
Welcome to the No. 36 team, United Mining Equipment (UME). In their first of a three race primary sponsorship with JJ Yeley, UME is looking forward to meeting NASCAR fans as they head to the World’s Fastest Half Mile race track.
Yeley’s history at Bristol: With seven previous starts at Bristol’s Thunder Valley, Yeley’s top finish was 13th in 2007.
Yeley on Bristol: “This is the first race with the Gen 6 car and I think it will race really well. The goal is always to make it to the end and put on a good show for the fans.”
Crew Chief Joe Lax on Bristol: “This is a long race which gives us a lot of time to make adjustments. The one thing you can always count on, is putting a new body on the car!”
Yeley by the numbers: Heading into Bristol, JJ Yeley is 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings.
Did you know?: In addition to racing in the NSCS, JJ will be competing in the Stadium Super Truck Series which debuts in Phoenix on April 6th.