Justin Marks To Pilot The Tommy Baldwin Racing Entry At Talladega

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Justin Marks will pilot the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Golden Corral is the primary sponsor, along with Katerra, as an associate, for Sunday’s Alabama 500.

Golden Corral, the family-friendly buffet chain is known for their endless buffet with a variety of familiar favorites and new menu offerings. Golden Corral has been actively involved in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2011. As primary sponsor for the weekend, Golden Corral will again activate their Top 10 Kids Eat Free Promotion.  If Marks finishes in the Top 10, Kids Eat Free” on Monday, October 16, with the purchase of an adult buffet at Golden Corral restaurants across the country.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an awesome race as the Alabama 500,” said Marks. “Monster Energy Cup Series racing is special and any opportunity to race is a big deal. Tommy and his team have a solid and proven track record this year on the superspeedways with the Golden Corral Chevy. I’m looking forward to working with this group and having a productive weekend and racing for a Top 10, so kids can eat free on Monday.”

“We’re excited to cheer on Justin on Sunday as he races for a Top 10 Kids Eat Free finish,” said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral.

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Tommy Baldwin Racing Partners With Hope For The Warriors For Charlotte

Tommy Baldwin Racing and Accell Construction have partnered with Hope For The Warriors for the Memorial Day Weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Piloting the No. 7 Chevrolet is NASCAR veteran, JJ Yeley.

Hope For the Warriors is a non-profit veteran service organization that provides full-cycle care to restore self, family and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and the families of the fallen. In honor of Memorial Day, LCpl Alejandro J “Poncho” Yazzie of the United States Marine Corps will be riding on board the Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. LCpl Yazzie was a member of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion out of Camp Pendleton, California, and was killed in action in 2010 in Afghanistan.

“I am honored to have Hope For The Warriors on board my No. 7 Accell Construction Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Yeley. “Hope For The Warriors is a great organization that I have had the opportunity to work with over the past three years. The dedication and support that they give to our servicemen and women and their families is unmatched by any other organization.”

“Memorial Day is a day to honor our fallen heroes, Hope For The Warriors appreciates JJ Yeley and Tommy Baldwin Racing’s honoring of LCpl Yazzie, USMC during the 600 Miles of Remembrance,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Hope For The Warriors intention is to honor the Gold Star families of those service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and ensure that their loved one’s sacrifice is not forgotten.”
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Elliott Sadler Is Looking For A Top 10 Finish In The GEICO 500

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Elliott Sadler is set to run double-duty this weekend, piloting the No. 7 Golden Corral Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Golden Corral, a longtime partner of TBR, will serve as the primary sponsor on Sadler’s No. 7 Chevrolet. In addition to competing for a victory on Sunday, he will be racing for a Top-10 finish so kids can eat free at Golden Corral on Monday, May 8th. Sadler, who ran a similar paint scheme last weekend at Richmond International Raceway in the XFINITY Series and captured a top 10, is hoping to fulfill that promotion yet again this weekend.

Sadler commented, “I’m thankful for Tommy Baldwin and Golden Corral for once again giving me the support and opportunity to drive the No. 7 Chevrolet. I love Talladega and plate racing. We had a great showing together in the Daytona 500 and led some laps. I’m looking forward to back-to-back Top-10 finishes with Golden Corral and honoring another Kids Eat Free promotion.”

“Elliott had a great finish at Richmond last weekend,” said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral.  “We’ll be cheering him and the TBR team on this Sunday at Talladega as he races again for kids across America!”

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Regan Smith Ponders What Endeavors 2017 Will Bring

Regan Smith

Southern 500 winner Regan Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday that he’s looking for a ride for the upcoming NASCAR season and didn’t rule out running in any of the top three national series.

Smith, who co-hosted “The Morning Drive,’’ was left without a ride after Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its charter after last season and reduced its involvement in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The organization has stated it would seek to make the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler but has not announced any other Cup plans.

Asked what he will be doing this season, Smith told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio: “Working on stuff. I wish I had a better answer for you. It’s down to crunch time. We’ll see what happens. There have been some opportunities here and there.

“I’ll just be brutally honest, when it comes to and pertains to the Cup series, you want to be competitive when you’re out there. This year I’m willing to wait until I can get myself in a situation to where I’m competitive and I can actually go out and do what I feel like I’m capable of.

“With that said, you have a little different mindset during the offseason when that is your thought process. We’re working through some stuff. That’s not to say that I won’t do some Xfinity and Truck races here and there in the meantime.

“I like racing at Daytona, so I’d like to be down there in something. We’ll see how that all plays out. I’m not done racing. I love racing. I love driving cars. I enjoy different kind of things. I’d like to be a part of the sport. Whether that is behind the wheel or different avenues or different things, we’ll see how it goes.’’

The 33-year-old Smith has 211 career Cup starts and won the 2011 Southern 500. He had two top-10 finishes last year for Tommy Baldwin Racing, placing third at Pocono in the fog-shortened race and finishing eighth in the Daytona 500.

Smith has six wins in 205 career Xfinity starts. He finished in the top four in points in that series from 2013-15, scoring five wins during that time with JR Motorsports. Smith also has 23 Camping World Truck Series starts but last drove in that series in 2008.

It will be very interesting to see just where Smith will land in 2017 and/or what his future endeavors will be!

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Elliott Sadler Will Attempt The 59th Daytona 500 With Tommy Baldwin Racing

Elliott Sadler

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today that the team will compete in the 59th running of the Daytona 500 with Elliott Sadler behind the wheel of the No.7 Golden Corral Chevrolet.

Sadler, a 16-year veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will be running double-duty during NASCAR’s opening weekend competing in both the Cup and Xfinity Series. The Emporia, VA native and Baldwin have a relationship dating back to their days at  when Baldwin served as crew chief for Sadler.

“This is a great opportunity for me and everyone affiliated with Tommy Baldwin Racing,” said Sadler. “I love the Daytona 500 and to have Tommy and Golden Corral offer me this opportunity is awesome. Tommy and I have known each other a long time. We actually won a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 together back in 2006. We’re gonna rekindle some of that magic and work our tails off to get our car in the race. I know Tommy is putting a lot of effort into this and we’re gonna go out and get the best result we possibly can for him and TBR’s partners.”

Golden Corral returns for their seventh season together and will bring back their popular ‘Top 10 Kids Eat Free’ promotion. If Elliott Sadler finishes in the top-10 at Daytona, kids 10 and under will eat free at Golden Corral restaurants nationwide on Monday, February 27th.

“We are excited to be working with Tommy Baldwin Racing for the seventh season,” said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral. “We will be cheering Elliott on to qualify at Daytona and then race for a Top 10 Kids Eat Free finish.”

“We look forward to having Elliott join TBR and Golden Corral for the upcoming Daytona 500,” said team owner Tommy Baldwin. “Elliott has always been a strong restrictor plate racer which makes this a great opportunity for everyone involved. We know our fans look forward to the ‘Top 10 Kids Eat Free’ promotion every year so we want to capitalize on that and finish the Daytona 500 strong.”

Tommy Baldwin Racing will be competing as an “open” team since they sold their charter, and therefore must qualify and race their way into the Daytona 500.

Leavine Family Racing Purchases The Charter From Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Team leadership at Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy) has announced that the team has secured an ownership charter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track,” said owner Bob Leavine. “The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond. We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities.” The charter was purchased from Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track,” said owner Bob Leavine.  “The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond.  We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities.”

Bob and Sharon Leavine have been active in NASCAR since 2010 when they became sponsors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Leavine Family Racing was formed in 2011 and has grown to an organization employing 25 people with a race shop in Concord, N.C.(LFR), the sale of the charter kicks this weekend as #59-Michael McDowell is now guaranteed a spot in the race at Homestead while #7-Regan Smith has to qualify on speed.

The purchase of the Tommy Baldwin Racing charter may lead to the Leavine Family Racing dissolving the partnership it has this year with Circle Sport Racing and return to a sovereign entity for next year.

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The Uncertainty Of The “Have Nots” In NASCAR

Jeffery Earnhardt

Deep in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage, well away from the championship contending teams, a race for survival takes place.

Owners seek partners. Others look to sell or buy a charter, the sport’s golden ticket that guarantees a revenue stream and a starting spot in every race.

The movement is taking place because of a performance clause with the charters.

If a chartered team finishes in the bottom three among the 36 chartered teams in the owner standings three consecutive years, NASCAR has the right to remove that charter. Although the first year with this system isn’t yet complete, teams aren’t waiting to act.

“Let’s face it, anybody in the bottom three is exploring all their options right now,’’ car owner Archie St. Hilaire told NBC Sports on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

St. Hilaire’s Go Fas Racing team ranks last in the standings among charter teams. He seeks a partnership. He is willing to lease his charter and partner with another chartered team if that will help his team grow.

That’s just among the many movements taking place. Leavine Family Racing is expected to purchase the charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing after this season. Leavine Family Racing has been partnered with Joe Falk’s Circle Sport Racing this year and used Falk’s charter.

Falk told NBC Sports that NASCAR viewed his action as leasing the charter. Owners can lease their charter only once in five years. That means Falk must keep his charter and partner with a team without one or sell the charter after this season.

“You’ve got too many sellers and not any buyers, so the price is dropping,’’ Falk said of the charters. “It’s dropped dramatically on what some people have been able to acquire one. Even if (a team has) an investor who is willing to put up the $3-5 million to buy one, it won’t work unless a sponsor comes along.’’

There’s even more movement that could take place. Premium Motorsports leased its charter to HScott Motorsports for the No. 46 team this year. That charter must be returned after this season. Furniture Row Racing is expected to secure a charter for next season for the No. 77 car that will have Erik Jones as a teammate to Martin Truex Jr. The Wood Brothers remain without a charter.

As all that swirls in the sport, St. Hilaire, who said his team has a $5 million budget, knows he must react.

“To really stay out the bottom three I think $10 million is a key number,’’ he said. “We’ve got to get that thing to $10 million to be competitive.’’

The team, which has had seven different drivers this year, has a best finish of 19th by Bobby Labonte at Talladega in May. Labonte is in the car this weekend.

St. Hilaire acknowledges his team is young. His joint venture with Fas Lane Racing began in 2014. Still, he wants better results.

“I need to peak that fun meter a little more,’’ St. Hilaire said. “Thank God I don’t live off this business. I do it for fun, and I’m not having a lot of fun right now,’’ he added with a chuckle.

Even so, St. Hilaire remains committed to the sport and hopeful his team’s performance can improve.

“It’s nothing money can’t fix,’’ he said. “Money buys speed in this business, no doubt about it. We just need an affiliation, which we’re shopping like hell for.’’

St. Hilaire said he hopes to have an idea in the next month what direction he’ll go.

“All options are on the table to make the team better,’’ he said. “We’re going to go racing. I just got to look at how and where.’’

That’s similar to what car owner Tommy Baldwin told NBC Sports this week, saying he was “exploring all my opportunities’’ for the team’s future.

“If you don’t have the money to keep up with the Joneses, you’re going to be left behind,’’ Baldwin said. “If you told me eight years ago when I first started this team I would be pretty much in the same spot as when I started, I would have told you that you were crazy. This sport has taken off so much here as far as how smart we’ve all gotten. It’s not that we don’t know how to do it, it’s just that we don’t have the money to apply the proper resources to do it.’’

Any deal likely will not be finalized until after the season and some might not get done until January, depending on how quickly teams move. Falk notes that he and Leavine decided to partner last December. NASCAR announced the charter system Feb. 9. Falk was granted a charter but Leavine’s team did not qualify. That made their pairing even better for this season.

So why doesn’t Falk sell his charter to Leavine? Falk admits he wants to have some hand in a team, while he said Leavine wants 100 percent control. Falk admits they still might be together next year if a sponsor can be found for a second car.

If not, Falk will be looking for a partner.

“Still something might pop up at (Richard Childress Racing) where they need another car,’’ said Falk, who has been aligned with Childress. “I’ve got a lot of things working. I’ve also got some things you wouldn’t expect. There’s a lot of stuff going on right now.’’

One thing he said he might consider is partnering with Curtis Key of The Motorsports Group, which does not have a charter for the No. 30 car.

“I truly don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Falk said. “I wish I did. Curtis Key and I are from Chesapeake (Virginia). We’ve known each other our whole life. I don’t really have a problem going over there to help Curtis. We have to have sponsorship.

“At the end of the day, Curtis Key has everything sitting there, he’s got a very nice shop and his cars all come from Stewart-Haas. He’s got a relationship with Hendrick. I’ve got a relationship with Childress. It would be easy to make it work, but we cannot make it work without sponsorship.’’

As the season comes to a close not only is it “silly season” for the drivers, for some of the “have not’ owners there is a “silly season” as well.  A “silly season” that will determine “the survival of the fittest”!

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Tommy Baldwin Sells Tommy Baldwin Racing Assests To Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing

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Unsure about his organization’s future, team owner Tommy Baldwin met with his employees Monday “so I can give them the options if they needed to go find a job.’’

Baldwin told NBC Sports in an exclusive interview Tuesday that “I’m exploring all my opportunities right now. I’m trying to figure everything out.’’

He hopes to have his plans solidified by some point in December. Among the options, there is one thing Baldwin said he won’t do.

“I would never shut down,’’ said Baldwin, whose team debuted in the Cup series in 2009. “Don’t use that word. The options are keep going or sell. That’s the only two options we have.’’

Baldwin admits he’s given his employees a similar message “in six out of the eight years” of the team and always made it to the next season.

But Baldwin concedes that it is becoming more difficult for a small team like Tommy Baldwin Racing.

“The technology has just increased,’’ Baldwin said. “Everyone has just become smarter. The race teams, with Michael Waltrip Racing shutting down (after the 2015 season) and some other things, it put a lot good people, dispersed a lot of good people to different teams. Everyone had to spend a lot more money to keep up with the Gibbs and Hendrick programs.

“It’s funny to me how everyone thinks our racing is not good. This is the most competitive that NASCAR has ever been.’’

Baldwin admits it has been a struggle at times for the team and driver Regan Smith.

“I think we’ve been competitive at times,’’ Baldwin said. “I think we’ve been really bad at times. It’s been a competitive roller coaster. This year is probably one of the best race teams that we’ve assembled, it’s been a great group of guys that have worked for TBR. There’s a lot of pluses that we have going on, but again, it’s the almighty dollar that is talking.

“If you don’t have the money to keep up with the Joneses, you’re going to be left behind. If you told me eight years ago when I first started this team I would be pretty much in the same spot as when I started, I would have told you that you were crazy. This sport has taken off so much here as far as how smart we’ve all gotten. It’s not that we don’t know how to do it, it’s just that we don’t have the money to apply the proper resources to do it.’’

Baldwin has one of the 36 charters granted to Sprint Cup teams at the beginning of this season. That adds value to his organization, ensuring that his team — or whoever purchases the charter, if that happens — would be in every Cup points race.

Baldwin’s car is 32nd in the car owner point standings, ahead of five other teams that have charters (another team below Baldwin’s leased its charter for this season).

Smith is 33rd in the driver standings. He finished a season-best third at Pocono in August. His only other top-10 finish this year has been an eighth-place result in the Daytona 500.

Tommy Baldwin Racing debuted in 2009, competing in 25 races. The team had five drivers: Michael McDowell (eight races), Scott Riggs (eight), Patrick Carpentier (four), Mike Skinner (four) and Robert Richardson (one).

The organization continued to use a variety of drivers in 2010 before Dave Blaney ran 34 races in 2011. Blaney was with the team through 2013.

Tommy Baldwin Racing expanded to two full-time cars in 2012. Danica Patrick, in partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing, ran 10 races where Baldwin was listed as the car owner. Tommy Baldwin Racing ran two cars through 2014 before selling the assets of the second car (the No. 36 team) to Premium Motorsports.

Before becoming a team owner, Baldwin was a crew chief. He won five Cup races as a crew chief, including the 2001 Southern 500 and 2002 Daytona 500 with Ward Burton.

Update:  FOX Sport 1’s NASCAR Racehub show confirmed Wednesday with multiple sources that Tommy Baldwain Racing has signed paperwork to transfer ownership charter to Leavine Family Racing (#95 Chevy). It was also reported that LFR leased their charter for 2016, supposedly from Circle Sport, which ran the #33 Chevy for years under the ownership of Joe Falk. Baldwin could play an advisory role with the team. TBR declined to comment.

There will be more definitive details as the week progresses towards the Talladega race this weekend as to where Tommy Baldwin lands, as well as what direction Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing progresses towards.  Look for Circle Sport and the Leavine Family to possibly go their separate ways at the end of the 2016 season.

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Regan Smith Joins Tommy Baldwin Racing For 2016

Regan Smith

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announces Regan Smith will be driver of the #7 Chevy in 2016. As previously announced, Toy State and their Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands will serve as the majority sponsor for the season.

“This is a really great time for us,” said team owner, Tommy Baldwin. “Having a driver with Regan’s credentials further elevates our program. He’s a seasoned driver and a proven race winner. We’re really looking forward to 2016.”

A native of Cato, NY, Smith is equally as eager to get the season started. “This has been a crazy few days, but I’m really excited that we were able to put this together,” he said. “I have a ton of respect for Tommy and what he’s built there. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Our son Rhett turns one next month, so I’ll be putting in my request for some Road Rippers cars. That’s a pretty good perk too!” Smith’s career in NASCAR boasts a total of 7 wins, 34 top-five’s and 94 top-ten’s across the three National Touring Series, including the storied Southern 500 at Darlington in 2011.

For the last two season Smith had been employed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. driving the JR Motorsports #7 Chevy, but lost that ride to Elliott Sadler and the One Main Financial sponsorship.

It was also announced that Alex Bowman, who was the driver of the TBR #7 Chevy last season, will no longer be employed with the team.

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Premium Motorsports Purchases The Assests Of Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #36 Team

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Premium Motorsports, formally know as Jay Robinson Racing, has purchased the assets of the 2014 NSCS #36 team from Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #36 team ran the full schedule in 2014 and finished 35th in the final point standings with Reed Sorenson behind the wheel. For 2015 Premium Motorsports has changed the team’s number from #36 to #62. The team will be fielding Chevrolets for the 2015 Season. Premium Motorsports is led by Veteran Team Owner Jay Robinson.

The team will announce the sponsorship package, as well as announcing who will be sitting in the driver’s seat for the #62 team in the forth coming days.(Premium Motorsports)

This whole transaction has occurred in rapid fire!  Just a couple of weeks ago Tommy Baldwin Racing and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix announced that there was a five race sponsorship package for five races in 2015.  Now TBR is announcing that they are selling off the assets of that same race team to Premium Motorsports!

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