Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) is pleased to announce that the team will run the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in its third year of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 in all 36 events and will kick off the season with the 53rd Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20th. The team will complete 16 events and look to add more events through innovative partnership packages.

Although TBR will attempt to qualify each week, the team will target 16 races to complete until proper funding is found to complete the remaining 20 events. Going into the season opener in Daytona, the targeted races include: two races at Daytona, Phoenix, Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond and New Hampshire, as well as events at Darlington, Infineon, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen.

“Our plan is in place to compete in 16 events with or without sponsorship,” explained Baldwin. “We would definitely love to bring a sponsor on board to support our team in those 16 races and more. We will continue to seek more funding and add to our schedule by developing unique and customized packages for potential partners. We have put together a comprehensive package for partners looking for an economical entrance into the sport of NASCAR.”

In the 2010 season, TBR competed in 27 NSCS events with multiple drivers, including Blaney. Steve Park posted the team’s season-best finish of 13th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The Mooresville-based team made 25 starts in 2009 and posted a season-best finish of 18th at Talladega Superspeedway.

In addition to reuniting with TBR this season, Blaney will work with Tommy Baldwin as his crew chief again. The Hartford, Ohio, native made six starts in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet during the 2010 NSCS season with a season-best finish of 30th at Richmond International Raceway. Baldwin worked as Blaney’s crew chief for two seasons at Bill Davis Racing.

“I am very excited to get back into the No. 36 Chevrolet,” explained Blaney. “TBR ended the year with great promise and rebuilt their fleet of cars in the off-season. With that and our previous experience together, I think we will hit the ground running.”
Blaney has consecutively competed in the NSCS since 1999. He earned two poles, three top-fives and 27 top-10s over his career in the NSCS. Prior to joining the NASCAR ranks in 1998, Blaney found success in the USAC Silver Crown Series.
“We are glad to have Dave back with our team,” owner Tommy Baldwin said. “He gets along well with our team, and his previous NASCAR experience means a lot. Working together in the past will help us going into Daytona and throughout the season.”

The TBR team will head to Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, January 20 to participate in the open test for the Daytona 500 before returning to the World Center of Racing for the biggest race of the NSCS season, the Daytona 500.

 

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Texas Motor Speedway will be the backdrop for scenes on Wednesday night’s NBC TV hit
show Chase, featuring Cole Hauser, Kelli Giddish and Jesse Metcalfe. The cast and crew of Jerry
Bruckheimer filmed chase scenes on the track and in the garages at Texas Motor Speedway in
December. Chase has been moved to Wednesdays – a new night for the show on NBC’s lineup.

 

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Before Juan Pablo Montoya goes driving on the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway, the driver of the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet did a different type of driving on Monday.

Montoya, along with PGA pro Nicholas Thompson, participated in a drive, pitch and putt contest with South Florida media at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa promoting the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 20.

Golf is one of Montoya’s favorite hobbies away from the race track and it showed when he sank a nice 20-foot putt on Monday morning during the putting contest.

“I do play a lot of golf,” said Montoya, who resides in the Miami area but is a native of Colombia. “I can hit it pretty far and I can actually hit it pretty straight as well. I don’t spend enough time on it for it to be as good as it needs to be.”

Next month, Montoya will look to add the Daytona 500 to the list of prestigious races that he has won, which includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix

“It would be pretty cool,” Montoya said about the potential of winning the Daytona 500. “I’ve won all the big races except that one. I’m pretty good on restrictor plates and our cars are pretty good. Jamie (McMurray) won last year, and at Talladega, I’ve had so many chances at winning those races. It’s matter of giving yourself a chance. That’s all I ask for.”

Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual Daytona 500 are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)

 

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Justin Lofton returned to his racing roots last weekend by climbing behind the wheel of a Class 1 Unlimited buggy while competing in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. Despite his sporadic absence from off-road racing over the last few years, Lofton quickly reminded everyone that he's a force to be reckoned with no matter what he's racing.
24-year-old Lofton, who is now a full-time racer in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, led the way on Saturday in Class 1, and was well on his way to the win on Sunday before suffering a broken left spindle on the last lap of the event.
"I'm not disappointed at all. We had a good showing and I had a lot of fun. We won day one, and we were right there on Sunday before we broke a spindle. We noticed both were broke on Sunday morning when we were working on it, they just weren't broke off," Lofton explained.
Lofton hadn't raced competitively in an off-road event since racing a Trophy Truck in Laughlin in 2009. That same year he earned his first stock car championship in the ARCA Racing Series, and in 2010 he made the move to full-time Camping World Truck Series competition.
Lofton however, won't let as much time pass before his next desert event. With the Camping World Truck Series season set to begin on February 18th, the savvy racer will head to Arizona on February 4th for the Best in the Desert Racing Association's Bluewater Resort Parker 425.
In 2004, Lofton earned the Best in the Desert Class 1000 championship and Rookie of the Year honors.
For the Parker 425, Lofton will split seat-time with his father Bob, who has over 20 years of off-road racing experience and numerous class wins, including the Baja 1000, to his credit. The duo will take turns behind the No. 1577 Class 1500 Buggy, with Bob wheeling the first two laps and Justin completing the final 150 miles.
"It will be a lot of fun racing with my Dad. He taught me so much about racing, and he's always supporting me in whatever I race. He's one of the best out there. It'll be a lot of fun," the younger Lofton added.
Lofton has taken full advantage of the NASCAR off season and remained busy readying for the desert events, in addition to planning his inaugural charity golf tournament, which he will host this Saturday, January 22nd, in Brawley, California. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Imperial Valley.

For more on Justin Lofton and the golf tournament, visit LoftonRacing.com
Follow Justin on Twitter: twitter.com/jlracing
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The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday, Raceway Officials announced today. “The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ,” stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky.”Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway.”

Qualifying for the June 12, Pocono 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, will be held on Saturday, June 11. The Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event, will follow qualifying.

The August 7, Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend will feature two sets of qualifying and two 125 mile races on Saturday August 6; the Pocono Mountains 125, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and the Pennsylvania 125, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event. Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 500 are scheduled for Saturday morning. The Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

There will be no shortage of on track action on Friday of both race weekends. A total of close to five hours of practice for the Pocono 500 and Pocono 200, plus Pocono 200 qualifying will be featured on June 10. More than six hours of practice for the Pennsylvania 500, Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 are scheduled for August 5. Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 125 will follow practice on August 5.

Tickets for the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 weekends are on sale now. Friday grandstand tickets are $10, Saturday grandstand tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday grandstand tickets start at $45. To purchase tickets call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com

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The Richard Childress Racing supported Golden Gate Racing Team is geared up and ready to go for the 2011 racing season. This year the successful San Francisco based team will return to the K&N Pro Series West with Utah’s Michael Self as their primary driver aboard the #21 Bay Bio Diesel-Golden Gate Meat Company Chevrolet Impala.

The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West series consists of 14 events from February through November. The new schedule includes visits to 12 NASCAR facilities in nine states and is the West’s oldest stock car racing circuit, celebrating its 58th season. – click here for 2011 schedule

The Golden Gate Racing Team will begin their 2011 racing season at the end of January in the annual NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California. This high profile event brings the K&N Pro Series East together with the West in a non-point shootout that is the Daytona 500 of short track racing. The Golden Gate Racing Team will field two drivers for the event with North Carolina’s Ty Dillon joining Self on the track. Additional details about the showdown will be released in the coming days.

“We are looking forward to a very strong year with Michael Self as our primary driver and a great crew that makes this team strong wherever we go,” said Jim Offenbach, owner of the Golden Gate Racing Team. “We’re ready to get rolling, we recently tested well at Toyota Speedway and we should have the ability to run up front with Michael and Ty in that event before we begin the west series next month.”

The 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season begins at Phoenix International Raceway on Febuary 24 and concludes back at the one-mile, Arizona track on November 12. The Phoenix events are two of three events in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season.

The schedule features a return to several tracks that have hosted NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events in the past but have been absent from the series in recent history. Both Offenbach and Steve Portenga, Competition Director for GGRT, are looking forward to returning to many of the previous venues they have once raced at.
Included will be a June 11 visit to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motors Speedway, where the series raced in 2001, 2002 and 2003; a race has been added on July 10 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. – which hosted 50 series races between 1964 and 2008; and a race on September 3 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington,  a half-mile track that was visited by the series in 1979.

“Steve (Portenga) and I always ran very well back in the day at Evergreen Speedway and we are both excited to see it back on the schedule this year,” added Offenbach. “It’s always nice to see a track return to the schedule like that and I think we will perform well there.”

A high profile event on the schedule is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 21. The fifth edition of the East-West challenge will share the  weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

The Golden Gate Racing Team and Self both have strong records on road courses and the new schedule includes three such events. Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on April 30. The team returns to their home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, on June 25; and Portland International Raceway on July 24.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make two visits to All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. The historic fairgrounds track will host the series on April 16 and again on October 15. Self has had consistent top finishes in his late model racing career at All American Speedway and is sure to be a driver to contend with upon his return this spring.

The series will visit Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on July 2, participating in the track’s big Fourth of July holiday celebration event for a fifth consecutive year. Two other popular short-track events on the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West include a visit to Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colo., on Aug. 6 and a trip to Montana Raceway Park in Kalispell, Mont., on Aug. 13.

“The schedule for next year looks incredible” said Self. “Not only have they added two more races but they’ve given us a chance to race at some of the most well known tracks in the west. I don’t think there’s a doubt in any racers mind that this is the best West schedule that’s been released over the last few years.”
In the coming week, Self and Offenbach will travel to North Carolina to participate in the annual Media Day for Richard Childress Racing. During the trip, Self will have the opportunity to spend time with his fellow drivers that are within the successful RCR stable including Kevin Harvick, Clint Boyer, Jeff Burton, Austin and Ty Dillon and more. The event will give him the opportunity to meet much of Childress’ staff and tour their operations.
“Just getting the opportunity to go back to RCR and be around some of the biggest names in NASCAR is unreal,” added Self. ‘I can’t thank Richard Childress and Jim Offenbach enough for this opportunity. It is far beyond anything I ever imagined I’d get the opportunity to do. This will be an amazing experience that is only going to advance and influence my racing career further.”

In addition to the support of Richard Childress Racing and the sponsorship of Bay Bio Diesel and the Golden Gate Meat Company, the Golden Gate Racing Team carries additional support from a number of dedicated marketing partners whom they are very grateful for over the past racing season. Among the partners are the  Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Superior Lamb Company, Hill Meat Company, Harraka Racing Equipment Sales, Foodcomm International, Signco, Praxair and JW Web Design.

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2011 racing season. To learn more about the Richard Childress Racing Driver Development program visit www.rcrracing.com. Michael Self’s personal racing website can be found at www.michaelselfracing.com.

 

Credit: Golden Gate Racing PR

Four years ago we lost a great friend and one of Wilkes County native son's, Benny Parsons. Benny was always a great help in the quest to reopen North Wilkesboro Speedway. He will never be forgotten..

 

Two-time winner of the Daytona 500, TV personality, and now a highly successful NASCAR car owner, Michael Waltrip has been tapped to take on the role of event Grand Marshal for the eighth running of NASCAR’s Toyota All-Star Showdown. Set for Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, the annual champion’s event takes place at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.

"We really couldn’t be more pleased that Michael accepted our invitation to be honored at this year’s All-Star Showdown," said Speedway VP/GM Bob DeFazio. "He’s a real fan favorite, just a great guy. I think that everyone looking forward having him here at this event. His big brother, Darrell, was our first Showdown Grand Marshal eight years ago, the Waltrips are all very welcome here."

At the first All-Star eight years ago, Michael’s brother Darrell said that the racing at Toyota Speedway was the best short track racing that he had ever seen. The expectations are for Michael, an avowed short track racing fan, to finally have an opportunity to see the progressively-banked Speedway at its best: filled wall-to-wall with fire-breathing NASCAR machinery driven by a highly-talented group of professional drivers.

"I’ll bet that this guy brings all his ‘stuff’ (helmet and driving gear) with him," DeFazio said only half in jest. "I know that Michael would love nothing more than to get out there and mix it up on the track. We’ll be sure to let him drive our Toyota Camry Hybrid pace car for a couple of laps. It would be cruel not to at least let him take a couple of laps around ‘LA’s Half-Mile Superspeedway’ while he’s here."

Saturday’s race marks the NASCAR debut of action sports star Travis Pastrana who’ll race for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. Pastrana plans to race seven Nationwide races in 2011 and at least 20 races in 2012. Pastrana, Michael Waltrip Racing, along with Gary and Blake Bechtel own Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. Michael Waltrip Racing also fields Sprint Cup entries for Martin Truex, David Reutimann and Waltrip out of its Cornelius, N.C. shops.

 

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The fans have spoken and Michigan International Speedway, and its president Roger Curtis, are the top track promoters in the state of Michigan.

MIS was honored with the “Promoter of the Year” award by the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club on Saturday night at the DeCarlo’s Banquet Center in Warren, Mich. Curtis accepted the award on behalf of the speedway in front of over 450 in attendance at the 45th annual event.

“We’ve been recognized with many awards over the last several years, but this one means a lot to all of us at the speedway because it came from the race fans,” Curtis said. “There are so many tremendous short tracks that produce great racing around this state. All of them deserve to be considered the top tracks in the state because they keep racing in the hearts of fans in their respective communities. Many thanks to the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club for their support and for what they do with auto racing and our fans throughout the state.”

The MARFC holds its annual awards banquet in January. The event honors the best-of-the-best in racing throughout the state. Track series champions are recognized during the dinner event, as well as the top promoters, announcers, mechanics and media who help made the sport successful in 2010.

“Our hats go off to MIS for what they do with auto racing, its fans, and their charitable contributions many organizations throughout the state,” MARFC President Dave DeHem said. “Our fans and board members of the MARFC felt that MIS was very deserving of this award for all they’ve done for the fans. We appreciate the speedway and understand that despite many challenges over the last several years, the track continues to put on a great race weekend for its fans. Congratulations to MIS and Roger Curtis for all they do for us race fans.”

MIS’ track announcer, Larry Henry, was also honored at the banquet with the “Track Announcer of the Year” for his longtime efforts at the Irish Hills speedway.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

The deadline to place a deposit is approaching on Jan. 31. The best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2011 go to customers who make a $30 goodwill deposit. New customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit. That deposit ensures race fans get the best pricing for 2011.

Media Note: Attached is a photo of “Promoter of the Year” award winner, MIS President Roger Curtis (right), and “Track Announcer of the Year” Larry Henry for media use. Curtis and Henry were honored by the race fans at the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club awards banquet on Saturday night in Warren, Mich. Credit Michigan International Speedway.

Michigan International Speedway - 2011 Schedule

Saturday, May 21       Great Lakes Wine Fest

Friday, June 17           ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200

Saturday, June 18      NASCAR Nationwide Series

Sunday, June 19         NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

Friday, Aug. 19           Gatorade Pole Day

Saturday, Aug. 20       NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200

Sunday, Aug. 21         NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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When fans return to Martinsville Speedway in April for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 they will find plenty of changes, all aimed at an improved fan experience.

All seats have been widened to give fans more room … when they aren’t standing up cheering.

Fans will find new and improved restrooms and concession stands on the first-turn end of the front stretch. In that same area, the concourse under the grandstands has been widened by almost 30 feet, making the flow of pedestrian traffic much easier.

A new, state-of-the-art speaker system has been installed which will provide much better sound quality than in the past.

Carry-in and cooler policies have also been relaxed to allow fans to carry in larger coolers and bags for souvenirs and race gear.

“We have always worked hard to make things better for fans and I think this has been one of our biggest off-seasons ever for that,” said Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell. “With everything that has changed for 2011, from wider seats to new restrooms to a new cooler policy and an improved sound system, fans should have a better experience than ever at Martinsville.”

Here is a look at some of the improvements for the 2011 season:

·         Every grandstand seat has been widened giving each fan more seat room.

·         New and much larger restrooms and concession stands at the first-turn end of the front stretch will be completed in time for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on April 3.

·         The concourse area has more than doubled in the area of the new restrooms and concession stands allowing much more room for pedestrian traffic.

·         Martinsville Speedway’s carry-in policy has changed to allow one soft side bag or cooler, no larger than 14 x 14 x14. Also one lightweight backpack, similar to a daypack carried by school students, roughly 17 inches in length is now allowed.

·         The new sound system will feature 50 hi-tech speakers which will improve the quality of sound. All of the speakers have been positioned  closer to the grandstands than in the past.

Tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 weekend are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or by visiting www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on April 3 start at just $25.

 

Credit: Martinsville Speedway PR