Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series Advance: Phoenix International Raceway

Race: Great Clips 200

NASCAR Nationwide Series: 32 of 33

Track: Phoenix International Raceway

Track Length: 1 mile

Date: November 10, 2012


John Blankenship will make his third NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) this weekend. The West Virginia native will pilot the No. 44 COAL/Save Our Country Chevrolet in his Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) debut.


TBR AT PHOENIX – This weekend will mark TBR’s first NNS start at Phoenix International Raceway. The team made eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at PIR since the team’s inception in 2009. The team tallied its best start and finish of 23rd earlier this season with Dave Blaney behind the wheel.


BLANKENSHIP’S PHOENIX DEBUT – Blankenship will make his PIR NNS debut this weekend. The dirt racer has made one NNS and five ARCA starts. He also made one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East start at Columbus Motor Speedway. In his NNS debut at Iowa Speedway, Blankenship started 26th and finished 23rd. He scored a sixth-place finish in the ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway this season.


CHASSIS NO. 502 – The TBR NNS team will bring chassis No. 502 this weekend. Blankenship drove the chassis in his NNS debut at Iowa Speedway earlier this season. The chassis was purchased from Richard Childress Racing during the offseason.


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John Blankenship Quotes:

ON MAKING HIS NATIONWIDE DEBUT AT PHOENIX – “I feel a little momentum from being in the car last weekend, so I am excited to see what we can do at Phoenix. It’s a shorter track, so it falls a little more in my wheelhouse. I look forward to getting more track time and learning as much as I can at such a different track than where we have run this season.”



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.


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