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
Rick Ware Racing to field Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team
THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the team’s intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team beginning with next month's 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway . RWR's return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the No. 51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett , Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O’Connell to name a few. "We've been eyeing our return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the end of last year," said RWR team principal Rick Ware. "We knew with the competition level stronger than ever, we needed to take the steps to make sure we could come to the track and be as competitive as possible, while focused on building our organization as the season presses on.” RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support. Additionally, longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season. Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant. "I feel like we've done a great job getting our stars aligned for this year," Ware added. "Between acquiring cars from Tommy Baldwin Racing and having a good open relationship with them, plus being able to bring key personnel aboard who have the desire and drive to make our team the best it's ever been. "One component I'm really proud about is our initiative to bring our body work in-house. We really have hired some talented and experienced personnel overall and I couldn't be more excited to get our season underway." Hill is hopeful to make his "World Center of Racing " debut in next month's Super Bowl event. The 23-year-old hopes to make his 49th Cup race in his first ever Daytona 500 . Despite no Cup starts at Daytona, the Port Tobacco, Maryland native has four XFINITY starts at the 2.5-mile oval with two career top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-10 runs for Rick Ware Racing in 2012 with a career-best seventh in the season-opening race. "I'm thankful to continue my relationship with Rick Ware Racing for the 2017 season," said Hill. "I've always wanted the chance to compete in the Daytona 500 and thanks to Rick and Lisa (Ware), I'll have that opportunity. It won't be easy, but as a team and Joe (Lax) leading the way, we’re focused and will give it all we have and hope we’ll be one of the 40 cars running in the Daytona 500 !" In addition to their effort in the Cup Series, Rick Ware Racing will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season with recently announced driver Spencer Boyd at the wheel. Sponsorship for the team’s Cup entry will be announced at a later date. </p>
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings
MORE: XFINITY owner standings " Camping World owner standings Rank Owner Car No. Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts. Attempts 1 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 475 0 0 1 2 7 11 2 Furniture Row Racing 78 431 -44 -44 2 5 15 11 3 Team Penske 2 408 -67 -23 2 2 12 11 4 Hendrick Motorsports 24 361 -114 -47 0 2 2 11 5 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 354 -121 -7 0 0 0 11 6 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 347 -128 -7 0 3 3 11 7 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 325 -150 -22 0 2 2 11 8 Hendrick Motorsports 48 323 -152 -2 2 0 10 11 9 Team Penske 22 320 -155 -3 1 1 1 11 10 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 317 -158 -3 0 0 0 11 11 Wood Brothers Racing 21 291 -184 -26 0 3 3 11 12 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 289 -186 -2 0 1 1 11 13 Roush Fenway Racing 17 276 -199 -13 1 0 5 11 14 Roush Fenway Racing 6 250 -225 -26 0 0 0 11 15 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 246 -229 -4 1 0 5 11 16 Hendrick Motorsports 5 242 -233 -4 0 0 0 11 17 Richard Childress Racing 31 238 -237 -4 1 0 5 11 18 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 233 -242 -5 0 1 1 11 19 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 217 -258 -16 0 0 0 11 20 Furniture Row Racing 77 217 -258 0 0 0 0 11 21 Germain Racing 13 204 -271 -13 0 0 0 11 22 Richard Childress Racing 3 193 -282 -11 0 0 0 11 23 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 188 -287 -5 0 0 0 11 24 Richard Childress Racing 27 173 -302 -15 0 0 0 11 25 Hendrick Motorsports 88 173 -302 0 0 0 0 11 26 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 155 -320 -18 0 0 0 11 27 Front Row Motorsports 38 144 -331 -11 0 0 0 11 28 Leavine Family Racing 95 137 -338 -7 0 0 0 11 29 TriStar Motorsports 72 136 -339 -1 0 0 0 11 30 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 130 -345 -6 0 0 0 11 31 Front Row Motorsports 34 128 -347 -2 0 0 0 11 32 GO FAS Racing 32 123 -352 -5 0 0 0 11 33 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 115 -360 -8 0 0 0 11 34 Premium Motorsports 15 100 -375 -15 0 0 0 11 35 BK Racing 83 77 -398 -23 0 0 0 11 36 BK Racing 23 65 -410 -12 0 0 0 11 37 Circle Sport / TMG 33 49 -426 -16 0 0 0 11 38 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 47 -428 -2 0 0 0 3 39 Beard Motorsports 175 37 -438 -10 0 0 0 2 40 Rick Ware Racing 51 27 -448 -10 0 0 0 10 41 Premium Motorsports 55 17 -458 -10 0 0 0 9 42 Horace Long 66 6 -469 -11 0 0 0 1 43 Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 1 -474 -5 0 0 0 2
Leavine Family Racing secures Sprint Cup Series charter
MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin said Thursday that this weekend's event at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the last as a full-time organization for his single-car outfit. The former crew chief said in a post on Facebook that "we felt it's time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people who will continue to guide our vision." According to a release from Leaving Family Racing , which currently runs under the Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing name, LFR has purchased the charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing . No purchase price was announced. Baldwin's team currently fields the No. 7 Chevrolet with driver Regan Smith . The team was formed following the departure of Bill Davis Racing , for whom Baldwin served as crew chief, in 2009. It has just two top-five finishes in nearly 400 starts, the most recent coming at Pocono this year when Smith finished third. "For the past eight years we've shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors," Baldwin wrote. "I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I'm proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning. … "If you're reading this, you already know that NASCAR is the greatest sport in the world. I have been blessed to have a career in motorsports because of how NASCAR has grown over the years." Baldwin went on to say that he isn't sure what the future holds; fielding a part-time team wasn't mentioned but neither was closing the team entirely. Securing the charter means that the LFR team, which currently fields the No. 95 Chevrolet for driver Michael McDowell , will be guaranteed a starting spot in each race next season. " Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track," owner Bob Leavine said. "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."
No. 43 fails Talladega post-race inspection
RELATED: Race results The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola to a fourth-place finish in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway failed post-race inspection, according to NASCAR officials. Competition officials revealed Sunday evening that the No. 43 was not in compliance after its post-race pass through the Laser Inspection System (LIS). Such an infraction may result in a points penalty and a possible suspension for crew chief Drew Blickensderfer under the NASCAR deterrence system. "That's one that's pretty cut and dry," Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" program on Monday. "Similar to the 2 car (at Phoenix in March) but the penalty is in place. It's unfortunate, they had a really good run. But it's one of those things, if you fail post-race on the LIS, the penalty is pretty consistent there." Almirola's fourth-place finish matched a season-best for the No. 43 team, which notched its other top-five effort in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500. Post-race inspection also revealed one missing lug nut on the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet, driven by Elliott Sadler to 17th place on Sunday. The infraction is likely to merit a $10,000 fine for crew chief Ken Davis, according to the deterrence policy. The cars of the top three finishers are all scheduled for further inspection this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina: -- The Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford of race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet of runner-up Jamie McMurray -- The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota of third-place Kyle Busch &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
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