Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advance: Auto Club Speedway
Race: Auto Club 400
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 5 of 36
Track: Auto Club Speedway
Track Length: 2 miles
Date: March 25, 2012
With the No. 10 Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team sitting four points outside of a coveted top-35 position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Owner Point Standings, David Reutimann will wheel the No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet in the Auto Club 400, looking for a solid finish to put the team into the top-35. Dave Blaney will attempt to qualify for his fifth race this season in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet.
TBR AT CALIFORNIA – TBR made four starts at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in the team’s two seasons of competition. TBR’s best start and finish came when Mike Bliss started from the 17th position and finished 22nd in the spring race in 2010.
TOP-35 IMPORTANCE – Following the Auto Club 400 this weekend, the NASCAR will utilize the 2012 top-35 in NSCS Owner Points to lock spots in the field beginning at Martinsville Speedway. Reutimann is currently 36th in NSCS Owner Points, four points outside of the top-35. Blaney is currently locked into the top-35 with a 25th-place spot.
LAST RACE RECAP: FOOD CITY 500 – TBR had a solid point day for both NSCS teams at Bristol Motor Speedway. Reutimann started 19th in the Food City 500 and battled the handling of the No. 10 Tradebank Chevrolet to finish in 21st-place. Blaney started 35th and looked to have a good day when the sway bar broke loose on the right front and caused the No. 36 SealWrap/Widow Wax Chevrolet to go 83 laps down. Blaney finished in the 34th position.
KEEPING UP WITH TBR – Keep up with TBR by following twitter.com/TBR_Racing and facebook.com/TBR.HBR.
David Reutimann – No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet
REUTIMANN AT CALIFORNIA – The Zephyrhills, Fla., native made nine starts at the Southern California speedway. He posted his best finish of ninth in the fall event in 2008. He tallied his best start of seventh the following year in the spring event. Reutimann has two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 19.2.
ACCELL CONSTRUCTION – Accell Construction, who adorned the hood of the No. 10 Chevrolet at Phoenix and Vegas this season, will return to the No. 10 Accell Construction Chevrolet. The 20-year-old company also partnered with TBR during the 2011 season. Continuing to see an increase in interest of the company, Accell Construction decided to extend their relationship with the NSCS team. When asked about his involvement with the team, owner Steve Todhunter commented, “Accell Construction is proud to represent the Pipeline Terminal and Bulk Storage Construction industry in the NASCAR world.”
CHASSIS NO. 356 – TBR bought Chassis No. 356 in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing. Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season. He started in the 31st position, and a sparking wire in the cockpit relegated the team to a 31st-place finish.
IN THE POINTS – The No. 10 team is now in 36th place in the NSCS Owner Points, four points outside of the top-35. The team is six points ahead of the No. 21 in 37th and four points behind the No. 83. Reutimann is 30th in NSCS Driver Points. He is four points behind David Gilliland and two points ahead of Casey Mears.
David Reutimann Quotes:
ON RACING AT CALIFORNIA – “California is a tough track with a slick surface. It looks spread out and smooth, but it is a lot harder than most people give it credit for. It has been pretty good to me, but at the same time, you have to be on your game to succeed. Hopefully, we can unload well like we did at Bristol and carry some momentum throughout the weekend.”
Dave Blaney – No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
BLANEY AT CALIFORNIA – In his 17 starts at the Fontana, Calif., speedway, Blaney collected two top-10 starts, one top-10 finish and led 32 laps. He started fifth in 2010, his career-best start at the 2-mile track. The Buckeye Bullet finished ninth, his best ACS finish, in 2002 while driving the No. 77 car. Blaney is ranked as the 13th best closer in the 43-car field.
CHASSIS NO. 101 – Blaney will pilot chassis No. 101 this weekend. The chassis was built in-house at TBR and will make its debut this weekend.
IN THE POINTS – Blaney’s 35th-place finish at Bristol moved the No. 36 Chevrolet to 25th place in the NSCS Owner Points. The team is four points ahead of the No. 22 and six points behind the No. 9. Blaney is also 25th in NSCS Driver Points. He is four points ahead of AJ Allmendinger and six points behind Marcos Ambrose.
Dave Blaney Quotes:
ON RACING AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY – “This weekend is the fifth and hopefully final race we have to qualify in on speed. We look solid after that. We have to make sure we qualify and have a solid race to gain some points. I liked the whole package at Vegas and that will translate to California. I like Auto Club Speedway and have run well a few times there.”
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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