Tommy Baldwin Racing Locks Both Cars in Top-35 at California
Reutimann finished 27th; Blaney finished 33rd
FONTANA, CALIF. (March 26, 2012) – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) locked both cars in the top-35 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Owner Points with the team’s finishes at Auto Club Speedway. Reutimann started 18th and made adjustments to the No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet to finish 27th in the rain-shortened race. Blaney started 34th in the No. 36 Chevrolet and worked on the handling of TBR’s first in-house chassis to finish in 33rd place.
David Reutimann – No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet:
Reutimann posted the 16th, 16th and 24th fastest times in the three-scheduled practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. He qualified the No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet in the 18th starting spot for the Auto Club 400.
The No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet took the green flag from the ninth row. Reutimann fell back to 22nd by lap 10 and radioed that the car was very tight and would not turn. Still struggling to turn in the center of the corner, the Zephyrhills, Fla., native fell back to 26th before green-flag pit stops started.
Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin called Reutimann down pit road on lap 33 for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The Accell Construction Chevrolet came back on track in the 25th position. By lap 59, Reutimann radioed that the car still was not turning in the center of the corner.
The No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet stayed steady in the 25th position, and by lap 68, the team made another green-flag pit stop for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Reutimann fell a lap down during the pit stop and returned to the track in the 24th spot. He raced into 23rd place before the halfway point at lap 100 and radioed that the car was better but still tight.
Reutimann made his third green-flag pit stop on lap 102. He returned to the track in the 27th position, two laps down. NASCAR called a caution on lap 125 for rain and pulled the red flag on lap 129. With more weather on its way, NASCAR called the race on lap 129 with the No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet in the 27th position, two laps down.
The 27th-place finish moved the No. 10 team up to the 34th position in NSCS Owner Points. The team is tied with the No. 33 Chevrolet in 35th and 12 points behind the No. 34. Reutimann fell to the 32nd spot in NSCS Driver Points. He is tied with David Ragan in 31st and 17 points ahead of Travis Kvapil in 33rd.
“I am very proud that will all the bad luck we had this season we are in the top-35 for Martinsville,” commented Reutimann. “We struggled with the car being tight, but the guys made good changes and improved the handling throughout the race. Unfortunately, with all the green-flag stops, we lost a few laps and were stuck around 27th.”
Dave Blaney – No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet:
Blaney tallied 34 laps in the three practice sessions on Friday and Saturday and posted the 39th, 40th and 35th quickest times. He qualified the No. 36 Chevrolet into the Auto Club 400 with a 34th-place starting spot.
The Hartford, Ohio native took the green flag from the 17th row and fell to the 36th position in the first 10 laps. He radioed to the crew that the car was loose into the corner and really tight in the center and off the corner. He explained that the tight conditioned hurt the handling more than the loose condition.
The No. 36 strategized the adjustments for the first stop, and Crew Chief Ryan Pemberton called Blaney down pit road on lap 34 for a green-flag pit stop for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The No. 36 Chevrolet returned to the track in the 35th position, one lap down. Ten laps later, Blaney radioed that the car would do a four-wheel slide in the middle of the corner.
Pemberton decided to make major chassis adjustments during the next green-flag pit stop on lap 68, and Blaney returned to the track in the 35th position, two laps down. By lap 78, he radioed that the Chevrolet was much better but still loose into the corner. He drove into the 34th position by lap 84.
The team made their final pit stop under green-flag conditions on lap 102. Blaney moved into the 33rd position, three laps down by the yellow flag called for rain on lap 125. NASCAR called a red flag on lap 129, and with more rain predicted for the rest of the evening, called the race on lap 129. The No. 36 Chevrolet finished in 33rd place, three laps down.
The No. 36 is now 28th in NSCS Owner Points. The team is tied with the No. 5 Chevrolet in 27th and six points ahead of the No. 13 in 29th place. Blaney also fell to 28th in NSCS Driver Points. He is tied with Kasey Kahne in 27th and six points ahead of Casey Mears.
“We ran a new, in-house chassis this weekend,” Blaney said. “We worked hard throughout the weekend to find a balance. We made some improvements on the handling, and I think the next time we run it we will be better. We’re locked in next week at Martinsville, so it will be nice not to have to focus so much on qualifying. We definitely have improvement from last year and hopefully we will continue for the rest of the season.”
TBR will return to the East coast this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. As NASCAR starts using 2012 owner points to lock the field this week, both teams will be locked into the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
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 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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