Sponsor extends deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing
Nikko RC/Toy State extended its partnership deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing on Tuesday for the No. 7 Chevrolet SS of Alex Bowman . The deal was for multiple seasons, and the team revealed a new paint scheme at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Bowman is entering his third season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his second with Tommy Baldwin Racing . . @AlexBRacing 's new @ToyState paint scheme is looking good! @TBR_Racing pic.twitter.com/TSjLujWkX3 — NASCAR Hall of Fame (@NASCARHall) December 15, 2015
Regan Smith to drive No. 7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing
RELATED: 2016 Cup Driver Tracker " Which drivers are on the move in 2016? Regan Smith picked up a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride for 2016 on Thursday -- he'll drive the No. 7 Nikko Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing . "This is a really great time for us," team owner Tommy Baldwin said in a press release. "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." Smith had driven the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series over the past three years, amassing five victories during that span. He finished third, second and fourth in the final standings in that time. "Seeing what they've done to take the program to the next level has been fun for me," Smith said on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. " Tommy Baldwin is a competitive racer, and so am I, so I'm excited to see what we can do together." Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands will serve as the majority sponsor for the No. 7 car. The New York native announced in October that he would not return to JRM in 2016. Smith has 176 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and he won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in 2011. The 32-year-old drove four Sprint Cup races as a substitute driver in 2015 -- three for Kurt Busch and one for Kyle Larson . Earlier Thursday, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Alex Bowman would not return to the team.
Tommy Baldwin Racing , Bowman part ways
About seven months after picking up Alex Bowman 's 2016 contract option, Tommy Baldwin Racing has changed course and is parting ways with the driver of their No. 7 Chevrolet. The news was announced Thursday via a team press release "As NASCAR transitions to different business and competition models, teams have to make decisions accordingly," said team owner, Tommy Baldwin . "We appreciate what Alex contributed during 2015 and wish him the best in the future." Bowman qualified for 35 of 36 races last season and had a best finish of 16th place in the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway . In Bowman's only other Sprint Cup season he drove for BK Racing for 36 races in 2014.
Bray Pemberton joins Tommy Baldwin Racing
Son of NASCAR executive joins TBR as general manager, chief legal counsel Bray Pemberton has joined Tommy Baldwin Racing as general manager and chief legal counsel for the two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization, according to the team. Pemberton is the son of Robin Pemberton, NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development. He previously served as general manager with the now defunct Swan Racing as well as Randy Humphrey Racing . "While I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had with race teams in NASCAR, I can honestly say I've never been so excited about the possibilities I now have working alongside Tommy Baldwin ," Pemberton said. "I have the utmost respect for what Tommy and Beth have done over the past few years in building this team, basically on their own. I see so many great opportunities to help continue to grow their dream and see TBR compete with the top teams in NASCAR." TBR, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, was formed in 2008 by the former premier series crew chief and has grown from a single-car team to a two-car organization. Michael Annett and Reed Sorenson drove for organization in 2014. "We are excited about bring Bray on board to manage the business and legal elements at Tommy Baldwin Racing ," Baldwin , president of TBR, said. "This will give me the opportunity to focus on the big picture and spend more time building TBR into a championship-caliber organization." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Alex Bowman to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing
Second-year Sprint Cup driver spent rookie year at BK Racing Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Related: Who the 'F' is Alex Bowman ? Alex Bowman 's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career will continue in 2015 with a new team in Tommy Baldwin Racing . The 21-year-old will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet this upcoming season, the team announced Friday. Bowman had a full-time ride with Swan Racing last year, the team that was eventually incorporated into BK Racing . He ended the year with a best finish of 13th at Daytona International Speedway in July. "I'm looking forward to working with TBR and the entire No. 7 team," Bowman said in a team release. "With Tommy's experience and his drive to run competitively, I feel like we can run well this year." Bowman made his NASCAR national series debut in 2012, with four starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He drove full time for that series in 2013, netting six top-10s in 33 starts for RAB Racing . "Alex is the future of TBR, and he will be a great representative of our team," owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. said. "He is a young driver who displayed a great talent in both the XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series the past few years. We are pleased to give Alex the opportunity to further showcase his skills behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolet this season." The team did not announce sponsorship or a crew chief. The team on Twitter promoted #TBR7in7, which promises seven team announcements in seven days. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 12 of the 2016 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 418 0 -- 1 0 12 2 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 397 -21 -21 2 0 12 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 386 -32 -11 5 2 12 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 381 -37 -5 3 -1 12 5 Hendrick Motorsports 48 370 -48 -11 4 -1 12 6 Team Penske 2 368 -50 -2 6 0 12 7 Hendrick Motorsports 24 341 -77 -27 11 4 12 8 Team Penske 22 340 -78 -1 7 -1 12 9 Furniture Row Racing 78 336 -82 -4 10 1 12 10 Richard Childress Racing 3 315 -103 -21 8 -2 12 11 Hendrick Motorsports 88 314 -104 -1 9 -2 12 12 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 313 -105 -1 14 2 12 13 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 308 -110 -5 13 0 12 14 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 296 -122 -12 12 -2 12 15 Wood Brothers Racing 21 288 -130 -8 16 1 12 16 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 283 -135 -5 15 -1 12 17 Richard Childress Racing 31 278 -140 -5 17 0 12 18 Roush Fenway Racing 6 275 -143 -3 20 2 12 19 Roush Fenway Racing 17 273 -145 -2 19 0 12 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 271 -147 -2 18 -2 12 21 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 246 -172 -25 21 0 12 22 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 243 -175 -3 22 0 12 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 232 -186 -11 24 1 12 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 216 -202 -16 26 2 12 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 215 -203 -1 25 0 12 26 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 213 -205 -2 23 -3 12 27 HScott Motorsports 15 211 -207 -2 27 0 12 28 Front Row Motorsports 38 202 -216 -9 28 0 12 29 Germain Racing 13 184 -234 -18 29 0 12 30 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 178 -240 -6 30 0 12 31 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 165 -253 -13 33 2 12 32 BK Racing 23 161 -257 -4 34 2 12 33 BK Racing 83 152 -266 -9 31 -2 12 34 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 148 -270 -4 32 -2 12 35 Front Row Motorsports 34 141 -277 -7 35 0 12 36 HScott Motorsports 46 103 -315 -38 36 0 12 37 Premium Motorsports 98 102 -316 -1 38 1 12 38 GO FAS Racing 32 97 -321 -5 37 -1 12 39 Premium Motorsports 55 52 -366 -45 39 0 7 40 The Motorsports Group 30 44 -374 -8 40 0 12 41 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -392 -18 41 0 1 42 Front Row Motorsports 35 24 -394 -2 42 0 2 43 BK Racing 93 5 -413 -19 43 0 2 44 BK Racing 26 3 -415 -2 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -418 -3 45 0 1
The Rundown: Dover driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Breaking down the full field for the AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway : 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth outdueled Kyle Larson to end his hard-luck start to the season and grab his first win of 2016. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers now have a victory. Grade: A 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson did everything short of bumping Kenseth to get his first Sprint Cup victory. Instead he settled for his fourth second-place finish in 87 starts and his fourth top 10 in five starts at Dover. Grade: A 3. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott overcame radio communication issues to make a late run at Kenseth before posting his eighth top-10 finish and move up four spots in the Sprint Cup Series driver standings to seventh. Grade: A 4. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne's second top five in 2016 moved him back into the top 16 in the driver standings. He had three top fives all last season. Grade: A 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . A solid day for the No. 41. Busch ran among the leaders all afternoon to ring up his series-high 10th top 10. He also moved up two spots in the driver standings to third. Grade : A 6. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Disaster struck when he clipped Austin Dillon while running second on Lap 283. Then un-disaster struck when the No. 2 wasn't one of the 18 cars caught up in the big wreck. That's what you call a good day. Grade: B 7. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin was all over the place Sunday, leading 15 laps, racking up another pit-road penalty and at one point finding himself two laps back. And this was before getting collected in the big wreck. It's where you finish that counts, though. Grade: B 8. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney avoided mayhem to post a career-best third straight top 10. He also moved up to 15th in the driver standings. Grade: A 9. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . You've heard this before: Truex deserved better. Truex led 47 laps and was a fixture in the top 10. Fate came calling again, though. During the 10th caution, he purposely slowed at the exit of pit road to allow the No. 19 to pass him so his No. 78 could start fourth on the outside of the second row with less than 50 laps to go. Unfortunately that put him right behind Jimmie Johnson , who touched off the big wreck on the restart. Grade: A 10. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne spent only 46 laps in the top 15 and had an average position of 21.9. But he still netted a top-10 finish, his third of 2016, which is one more than he had all last season. Grade: B 11. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard was involved in the big wreck, but and in his highest running position. He was one of only two drivers who did not complete at least one lap in the top 10 Sunday ( Tony Stewart was the other). Grade: C 12. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer manufactured his third consecutive top-20 finish, his first since he strung together four in races 24-27 last year. Grade: C 13. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Driving a backup car, Patrick posted her best finish since her last top 10 – a ninth at Bristol more than a year ago. Maybe that's the formula. Grade: C 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse is showing consistency: His finishes the past three races are 16th, 13th and 14th (Sunday). Grade: C 15. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led a race-high 117 laps, and who knows how well he would have done if his pit crew had done its job? Harvick's grade is an average of his A and his crew's F. Grade: C 16. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman overcame a pit-road penalty and survived the big wreck, but he still dropped a spot in the standings to 18th, eight points out of 16th. Grade : C 17. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan posted his best finish since last September at Chicagoland (15th). And with his average running position of 30th, that kicks off a theme for the next four drivers. Grade: B 18. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher probably thought his day was toast when he went spinning with a little over 50 laps to go. Instead, he gets the best finish of his Sprint Cup career despite spending most of the day in the back of the field (29.0 average running position). Grade : B 19. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill's average running position was 31.1 and he was 33rd at the halfway point. He also wasn't caught up in the big wreck. Grade: B 20. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . McDowell (30.0 average running position) raced in the neighborhood of David Ragan , Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill and finished in their neighborhood, too, for his best day since finishing 15th at Daytona. Grade: B 21. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray started his day in a backup car and finished a season-high five laps off the pace. Grade: C 22. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano suffered heavy damage in the big wreck and finished the race nine laps back without a hood or any other sheet metal up front. Grade: C 23. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . The 18-car pileup cost Allmendinger more than a poor finish; it dropped him outside the top 16 in the driver standings to 17th. Grade: C 24. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . His duel with Danica provided in-race entertainment in the first 100 laps. Grade: C 25. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . When Johnson's transmission wouldn't go from second to third gear on the Lap 356 restart with the No. 48 on the outside of the front row, all the highlights of his day – moving up from starting 21st, passing 3,000 laps led at Dover – went out the window faster than it took 17 cars to pile up behind him. Grade: C 26. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . The big wreck triggered by Johnson ruined Mears' day. Grade: C 27. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Despite his third DNF of the season, Whitt posted his third-best finish of the season. Grade: C 28. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Just a handful of laps after avoiding the big wreck, Edwards was running third with 39 laps to go when a tap from behind from Kyle Larson sent the No. 19 hard into the inside wall nose first. Grade: B 29. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle stayed out during the fourth caution and led six laps – the first laps he has led this season. The big wreck left him with his third DNF of the season, the same number he had in the previous five seasons combined. Grade: B- 30. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The handling was not good on the No. 18, and the big wreck took care of the rest of Busch's car. Grade: D 31. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . After making up the two laps he lost following purposeful contact from Tony Stewart on Lap 129, Almirola took a hard hit in the big wreck that left him with a potentially broken finger. In other words, not a good day. Grade: D 32. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Junior suffered his third DNF of the season and second in three races when the No. 88 was knocked out in the big wreck. Grade: C 33. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A day to forget. Dillon brought out the fifth caution when a rotor broke on Lap 184 and he hit the wall. His team fixed the rotor, and he turned to the race only to be hit by Brad Keselowski on Lap 283. Grade: C 34. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The No. 14 was not competitive (15th was its high point), and with 57 laps to go, the track bar on the No. 14 broke and punctured the oil tank. End of race. Grade: F 35. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Earnhardt was running at the finish – but a career-high 66 laps back. Grade: D 36. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Lost a cylinder early but was running at the finish. Grade: F 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Contact from Jamie McMurray sent Annett smashing into the inside wall on Lap 227, ending his day. Grade: D 38. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson's day ended with a spin on Lap 214. Grade: F 39. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith posted his worst finish of the season after going for a spin and hitting the wall on Lap 144. Grade: F 40. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . The Monster's outside wall devoured its first victim when the No. 83's right front tire went on Lap 120. Grade: F
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Mike Bliss to drive for Go FAS Racing in 2015
Veteran driver will be one of several drivers to pilot No. 32 Ford Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Moment Mike Bliss will be part of the Go FAS Racing lineup for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, the team announced on Tuesday. Bliss will join Bobby Labonte and Boris Said as drivers of the No. 32 Ford Fusion for select races in 2015. His first start for the team will come in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1 (1 p.m. ET, FOX) "With the top tier teams expanding, we believe our best strategy is to fill the seat with veterans who have performed well in the past," said team owner Archie St. Hilarie in a release provided by the team. "This helps ensure we maintain a healthy standing in the points as the season progresses. Mike Bliss has proven time and time again that he can be competitive in the Sprint Cup Series, while bringing the car home in one piece, which is crucial for a small organization like us." The 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion made eight Sprint Cup Series starts last season for both BK Racing in the No. 93 Toyota and Tommy Baldwin Racing in the No. 37 Chevrolet. His best finish was a 35th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September. "I'm really excited to be driving for Archie St. Hilarie and Go FAS Racing in the Sprint Cup Series," Bliss said in a team release. "I'm really thankful for the opportunity to drive the No. 32 and achieving some good finishes that will help solidify the teams position in the point standings for the 2015 season." The 49-year-old Bliss has made 169 premier series starts with his lone top-five coming in 2004 in the Richmond fall race. For the past seven seasons, he has run a full-time XFINITY Series schedule and will do so again in 2015 for TriStar Motorsports. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule