NASCAR Sprint Series Advance

Tommy Baldwin Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advance:

Richmond International Raceway

Race: Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: 9 of 36

Track: Richmond International Raceway

Track Length: .75 miles

Date: April 30, 2011

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will head to Richmond International Raceway (RIR) with momentum from a strong run at Talladega Superspeedway. Dave Blaney looks to drive the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet to a solid finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 on Saturday.

TBR AT RICHMOND – TBR looks to make the team’s fifth start at the Richmond, Va., track. Casey Mears collected the team’s best start of 13th and finish of 26th in the 2010 spring race.

BLANEY AT RICHMOND – Blaney will make his 21st start at the .75-mile speedway. He collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes in his NSCS career. He recorded his best start of third in the fall race at RIR in 2002. The Buckeye Bullet scored his best finish of fourth in the 2006 fall race, while teamed up with Tommy Baldwin at Bill Davis Racing. He is tied at seventh for the best closers positions improved in the last 10 percent of laps in each race, where he gained 13 position in this past 12 races.

KIDS EAT FREE – Golden Corral returns to the No. 36 TBR Chevrolet this weekend and will once again hold the “Feeding America’s Families” promotion. If the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet finishes in the top-10 in the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 this weekend, kids will get a free kid buffet on Monday, May 1st with the purchase of an adult buffet. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

CHASSIS NO. 78 – Blaney will pilot the No. 78 chassis. The TBR team ran the No. 78 at Phoenix International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway this year. The chassis’ best outing was a 25th-place start and 30th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

LAST RACE RECAP: AARON’S 499 – Blaney and the TBR team started from the 35th spot at Talladega Superspeedway. Blaney hung back for the first 100 laps to avoid trouble. When lap 100 hit, Blaney drove the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet up to the lead. He continued to drive through the field and led 21 laps throughout the event, the second most laps led. The Golden Corral team looked to have a solid finish in store when an incident in turn three sent the No. 36 Chevrolet spinning with four laps to go. Without a yellow, Blaney finished 27th, the last car on the lead lap.

IN THE POINTS – TBR is still vying for a coveted top-35 position in NSCS Owner Points. Just 11 points out of 35th, the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet sits in the 37th spot, improving one spot from the following week. Blaney continues to hold the 33rd position in NSCS Driver Points.

TOP-35 IMPORTANCE – Starting at Martinsville Speedway, the 2011 NSCS Owner Points will guarantee the top-35 teams a starting spot each week. The No. 36 TBR team’s main goal of the weekend is to work their way into the top-35 and guarantee a spot in the race at Darlington Raceway. If the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet moves into the top-35 this weekend, it will be the first time since the team’s inception in 2009 that TBR will have a guaranteed starting spot, which would allow the team to focus solely on race day setup instead of qualifying.

LIGHTHOUSE MISSION – The Lighthouse Mission logo debuted on the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevroletat Daytona International Speedway and will be present for the entire 2011 season. TBR has teamed up to help the Long Island based charity build awareness and raise funds for Lighthouse Mission. For more information on Lighthouse Mission, visit http://www.lighthousemission.net.

KEEPING UP WITH TBR – Keep up with TBR by following twitter.com/TBR_Racing and facebook.com/TBR.HBR.

Dave Blaney Quotes:

ON RICHMOND – “Richmond is always a great race for the fans because there is good racing there, and I think most drivers would agree. The shape and size of the racetrack allows for us to pass. Tommy and I finished fourth there in 2006 at Bill Davis Racing, and the team has done a good job on our short track package. I’m excited to get back to the track and see what we can do.”

Tommy Baldwin Quotes:

ON GOLDEN CORRAL – “We are thrilled to have Golden Corral come back and support us for the rest of the season. Golden Corral is a well-established company, and we are proud they recognized our team’s hard work and performance. We look forward to competing for a top-10 for the ‘Racing for America’s Families’ promotion and will work hard to build successful programs with all of our partners.”

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season – Tommy Baldwin Racing:

DateEventLocationStartFinishLapsLaps LedStatusPoints

2/20Daytona 500Daytona4226198/2083AccidentDriver: 24 Owner: 26

2/27Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix434227/3120ElectricalDriver: 36 Owner: 39

3/6Kobalt Tools 400Las Vegas3434260/2671RunningDriver: 35 Owner: 38

3/20Jeff Byrd 500Bristol3725497/5000RunningDriver: 34 Owner: 36

3/27Auto Club 400California3137188/2000Rear GearDriver: 35 Owner: 37

4/3Goody’s Fast Relief 500Martinsville2530486/5000RunningDriver: 34 Owner: 38

4/9Samsung Mobile 500Texas3830329/3341RunningDriver: 33 Owner: 38

4/17Aaron’s 499Talladega3527188/18821RunningDriver: 33 Owner: 37

About Golden Corral Corporation:

Founded in 1973, privately held Golden Corral Corp. is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. Golden Corral currently has 485 restaurants in 41 states. The company’s vision is to be the leader in the family restaurant segment by making pleasurable dining affordable for every guest, at every restaurant, every day. Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Golden Corral helped raise more than $1,000,000 for the DAV in 2010 as part of its annual “Military Appreciation Monday” initiative. For more information on Golden Corral, visit http://www.goldencorral.com.

About Tommy Baldwin Racing:

Tommy Baldwin Racing was formed in 2009 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin. Baldwin utilized a slumping economy to open a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for a fraction of the cost. The team competed in two full seasons with multiple drivers behind the wheel of the No. 36 Chevrolet and improved in the standings each year.

Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the full NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2011 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney piloting the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. Looking to improve on-track performance and increase the number of races they complete, TBR is still seeking partners to support their racing efforts. TBR’s driver development program, Heinke-Baldwin Racing, will also compete in various NASCAR series in 2011.

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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Bank of America 500 Track Services Two-Day Training Session

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2010) – On Sept. 11-12, more than 80
students gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a two-day track services
personnel training session in preparation for the Bank of America 500
Weekend at the Mecca of Motorsports.
       Twenty instructors led the sessions, which included classroom
training and hands-on experiences for fire, rescue and EMS personnel. Topics
covered included extrication, fire suppression and on-track EMS. The
teaching staff consisted of instructors from nine race tracks: Charlotte,
Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Martinsville
Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway,
Homestead-Miami Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park.
       Also, on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on
the United States, the instructors were joined by two FDNY firefighters who
assisted with the training sessions: Mark Stone, Assistant Chief, FDNY
Incident Management Team and Pater Cachia, Bureau of Operations.
       Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a pioneer in safety training for
NASCAR events and was the first NASCAR-sanctioned race track to offer such a
class, starting in 1991. Personnel from other tracks including Indianapolis
Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway came to the classes as students
and began implementing similar programs at their respective tracks a few
years later.
       Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first track to have its own rescue
truck and the first to put paramedics on the track fire trucks.
       “A quick response by our track services personnel is always
necessary because treatment starts on the track, not when the driver gets to
the infield care center,” said Shaun Johnson, manager of track services. “We
never want to see an on-track incident, and fans don’t want to see drivers
get hurt, so our track services personnel need to be prepared through
training sessions like this one.”
       For high-resolution photos of the training, visit:
www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/photos.
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person and fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Weekend Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or
become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

Post Race Comments by Ricky Stenhouse & Carl Edwards

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 6 Citi Financial Ford Mustang (Finished 4th) – “Our Citi Financial Mustang was really good on the long runs. I think if it could have gone green from about 80 laps to go on, I think we would have had a shot at the win there. Overall it was a solid night for us. We didn’t qualify like we wanted to, but we had a good test at Gresham before we went to Atlanta and I am really proud of the guys. Thanks to Jack Roush for standing behind me and keeping me in this thing. It has been a tough year, but nights like tonight keep us going.”

 
CARL EDWARDS, No. 60 Valvoline Ford Mustang (Finished 10th) – “It was just frustrating. We had a better car than that and we over adjusted it. We had a bit of a fuel pressure problem. Congrats to Ricky though, that is a pretty cool finish for him and Paul ran really well too. We just have to go to the next one.”

Carl Edwards Post Qualifying Press Conference

Carl Edwards Post Qualifying Press Conference

OUR COORS LIGHT POLE WINNER IS CARL EDWARDS. CARL, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT.  “Yeah, it is good. Those Frosted Flakes I had this morning worked. I told Juan on the way out, I didn’t realize he qualified second at Watkins Glen too. He put up some stout numbers. That lap that he ran, I didn’t think there was any way we would be close to that. After the lap was over I thought we ran about a 40 or something. Pretty amazing job my guys did with the car. There were a lot of Ford’s up there and I think that is a testament to how much work the guys have been putting in at the shop. AJ is fast. Greg didn’t run that well in qualifying but his car is really fast. I think we have a really good shot tomorrow. It will be a really great pit stall. It was just a really great lap for us.”  WITH NOT MUCH TO GAIN TOMORROW NIGHT, HOW MUCH OF IT IS JUST FUN OLD TIME RACING?  “Yeah, there is really no pressure. Just go out and have fun and try not to run into Clint Bowyer or one of those guys that has a lot on the line. I think the key for us is just to go out and win a race. When the pressure is off, you can take risks and race harder. I think sometimes you get a chance to perform really well when that pressure is off. Hopefully with this good pit stall and a good starting spot we can get a win and get the 10 bonus points. That would be huge. That is just what we need to start the Chase.”

AJ Allmendinger Post Qualifying Press Conference

AJ Allmendinger Post Qualifying Press Conference

GOOD QUALIFYING EFFORT OUT OF YOU, YOU HAVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT STARTING UP FRONT TOMORROW NIGHT.  “Yeah, this is not one of my best tracks. We have had decent qualifying runs here, but it just seemed like in the race we are a little bit off. I felt excited all day today about being in race trim. The car was pretty good. Juan (Pablo Montoya) got to go out there and put a lap down, but I had to sit and wait and watch everyone put down these fast laps. You start going ‘Man, can I run that fast?’  Starting up front here is important and to be in the top five is a good thing. Hopefully we just have a solid day tomorrow.  HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR CAR IS GOING TO TRANSFER GOING FROM DAY TO NIGHT?  “That is something that we have really worked hard on. That is probably the thing we struggle with the most in these races. The races we practice at during the day and then race at night, our race team on the 43 side feel like we struggle with it. I am actually proud of the guys because we feel like we are making gains on narrowing in the box of making the car better. Today the car was pretty solid. Everything we did to it we were pretty fast. You never really know going into the night race, but I am pretty excited that we are at least close enough in a box that if we make some small changes before tomorrow we will be okay.”  DO YOU THINK THE ‘HAVE AT IT BOYS’ MENTALITY WILL BE PREVALENT IN THE CHASE OR WILL EVERYTHING SETTLE DOWN?  “How many guys have you made mad so far Juan?”  “I am not even in the Chase.  The way I look at it, they have to avoid me right? (laughter) Obviously it is NASCAR. Everybody has incidents. Whether anybody wants to pay up when it is time for the Chase and things like that, I think for us we have nothing to lose when it comes to it.”

Post Qualifying Day Comments of Racers

KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Qualified 10th)  “The car felt really good. I thought I was going to be a lot faster than that. Te car was nice and great to drive. The engine felt good. Everything felt good. I thought we would have been a little quicker. We will see where thy ends up.”

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Qualified 12th)  “From the drivers seat it didn’t feel that bad. I’m surprised we aren’t in the chart for as good as it felt. I guess the track was a little quicker than I anticipated. We were a little off, but it felt like we improved quite a bit from practice.”

TONY RAINES – No. 34 A&W Ford Fusion (Qualified 42nd)  “It wasn’t too bad. We picked up quite a bit from practice. We didn’t really work hard on qualifying being that we are locked in so we wired on race trim. We struggled a little bit in practice and hit on something at the end. We got one good run in and we are about a half second faster. We will take that. I think we have a decent race car for the race Saturday night. Going out early is never a benefit so we will take why we get and get after them tomorrow night.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Qualified 24th)  “It wasn’t too good. We were way too loose. We didn’t know what the track was going to do which hurt us.

DAVID GILLILAND – No. 37 Charter Air Ford Fusion (Qualified 39th) “We were a little too tight in practice and we ended up 20th fast. We were afraid to change to terribly much so we ended up too tight now too. We never could get to the bottom and be where we needed to be. I feel good about our car in race trim tomorrow though, so I feel good about switching over and getting racing.”

 
A.J. ALLMENDINGER – No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion (Qualified 3rd) “Richmond is one of my tougher places. We have qualified okay here in the past, but it is a tough race track for me. You sit there and watch everybody go fast and then the track seems like it was slowing down a little bit. You just don’t really know. Hopefully that will put us top five or top six. It is better than I was expecting. We will just go and try to have a good race tomorrow. That is what it is all about.”

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)  “That is a good lap. That will be a good starting spot. I don’t know if it will hold up for the pole, but it should be top three or four. That is huge for us. We started 28th here in the spring and got all the way back up to fifth. We have been focusing so much on qualifying, it means a lot.

PAUL MENARD – No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Qualified 7th)  “We ran better than I thought. I was hoping for a faster lap but the way it felt, I didn’t think it would run that fast. It was a lot tighter than it had been in practice. We made a little air pressure adjustment and that probably wasn’t the way to go. From where we started to where we are going to start for the race, we came a long way. The guys worked hard.”  YOU WERE FAST IN THE SECOND PRACTICE RUN, DOES THAT BODE WELL FOR TOMORROW NIGHT?  “Yeah, we hit on a few things the second practice in qualifying trim that we think we can carry over to the race trim. We will make a couple of adjustments and go from there.”

ELLIOT SADLER – No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Qualified 36th) – “That was not what we wanted. I wish we could have run a lot better than that. I probably drove it in too hard and made it a little bit too tight. We just didn’t run the lap we needed to run. We will do the best we can tomorrow night and pick up as many positions as we can.”

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Qualified 26th) – “We just have been fighting our car since we unloaded. From the first lap that we made today to now that is an improvement actually. If we had to qualify in the first 10 minutes of practice, we would have probably been dead last. I think that is an improvement, we just didn’t start of real good. It looks like we have a couple of teammates that aren’t that bad, so we will look at what they have and go race them on Saturday.”

TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion (Qualified 38th) –  “I feel pretty relieved.  We struggled more than we thought we would in practice.  But we hit on a couple things throughout the day that really picked up our speed.  Obviously, working with our teammates was a big plus today.  We made some changes after practice that, if we hadn’t made them, we might be going home.  It’s tough here.  We had 48 cars and a couple with provisionals and all that, so it was a really hard race to make.  I’m proud of my guys.  It was good effort throughout practice.  We made a lot of changes and got it a lot better.  We were still really tight qualifying, and that’s what we fought most of the day, but we got it good enough.”

Matt Lenseth is Sitting Pretty

   Matt Lenseth, who has already clinched a spot in the Chase, brings the experience of a 2002 victory in the fall race at Richmond into the 2010 event. Kenseth discussed how he sees this year’s Chase shaping up and what he hopes to improve upon down the stretch.

HOW DO YOU SEE THIS CHASE SHAPING UP?   “They have all been tough for me because we haven’t won one. They are all tough. Every race is tough. Just watching from the outside, if I go home watching races, it is hard to pick a favorite right now. There have been different parts of the season where guys look really strong and then they struggle a little bit. I think until somebody beats the 48 it is still theirs.”   WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN PRACTICE TODAY? IS IT THE SAME TOUGH RICHMOND?  “Yeah, we have struggled today. We have struggled since we switched to this car I think really. It seems like we made some improvements at the very end of practice and got our car going a little bit better. Hopefully we will have it going okay for tomorrow night. I hope.”  CAN YOU COMPARE THE MINDSET OF WHERE YOU WERE A YEAR AGO TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY, LOCKED IN AND MOVING AHEAD TO THE CHASE? IF YOU LOOK BACK TO THE LAST 15 RACES YOU HAVE AVERAGED LIKE A 12TH PLACE FINISH. IS THE TEAM CAPABLE OF STEPPING UP ENOUGH TO BE COMPETITIVE IN THE CHASE?  “I hope so. To your first question, my mindset is really not as different as what you would think it is. Last year we wanted to get in, yet on the other hand we could see how we were running and the direction we were going. I felt like if we got in we would have been ninth if everything went great and 12th if everything went how it was going. You want to be in there, but just because you are in the top-12 doesn’t mean you have a chance at a championship. I am glad we are in now. We have been running better lately and been more consistent lately. Looking at my team cars with Greg and Carl, those guys have been running really well and have picked up their performance. That gives me some encouragement that if we get everything right, maybe we can be a contender. Greg has won a race and Carl ran second last week. All our equipment seems to be running better. That gives us hope that if we can get things together that maybe we can contend.”  CAN YOU TALK ABOUT JIMMY AND HOW THAT HAS GONE SO FAR THIS YEAR AND THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE HAD THREE CREW CHEIFS THIS YEAR AND I THINK YOU ARE THE ONLY GUY THAT HAS CHANGED ALL YEAR?  “Yeah, it takes three crew chiefs just to get me in the Chase.  It has been going well. I have known Jimmy for a long time. We worked together on the Nationwide series cars. It has been going well. It has been an adjustment for him and for me. It has been an adjustment for me probably since Robbie stepped down just because I was so used to that and we knew how to handle each other. It has been an adjustment that we still haven’t nailed down as well as we probably need to, but that isn’t going to happen in just a couple of weeks. We have been working on it and getting progressively better though.”  
 MATT KENSETH CONTINUED … IT SEEMS EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT OTHER GUYS AS THE FAVORITES IN THIS THING. NOBODY IS REALLY SAYING MUCH ABOUT YOU. DO YOU FEEL LIKE A DARK HORSE IN THIS AND DO YOU LIKE THAT ROLE?  “It doesn’t matter to me really necessarily what people say about it, but I would rather be the guy out there leading laps and winning races and be a legitimate contender. If you look at what we did all year, I wouldn’t be talking about us either and saying that we have a shot as much as the top six or seven guys. We haven’t really been in that position. We haven’t won and Jeff Gordon hasn’t won this year either, but at the beginning of the year he led a whole bunch of laps and was in a position to win a bunch of races. He needed to be in that position to be a contender down the stretch. I still have hopes that we can do that the last 10 weeks. If we can keep our consistency we could have a shot at it. We still have to do it. You can talk about it all day, but you have to be able to go out there and do it, compete on pit road, lead laps and put yourself in position to win races.”  YOUR TEAMMATE CARL EDWARDS WAS SAYING HE THOUGHT THIS CHAMPIONSHIP WOULD BE DETERMINED BY MISTAKES RATHER THAN HOME RUNS. WHAT IS YOUR FEELING ON THAT?  “I think that every year somebody says that before the Chase that the mistake is going to cost you. It could. It just all depends. One year we finished second to Jimmie and we didn’t make any mistakes. We were really consistent but we didn’t run well enough to win. He had a couple of bad races and came back to win all those races to beat us. If you are marginal and haven’t been winning a lot of races and on your best day you can run third or fourth and be 10th, 11th or 12th on your off days you can’t make a mistake. If you are a dominant car the last 10 weeks and winning races and leading laps, you can afford to have one mistake or problem or whatever.”  WHAT AREAS DO YOU FEEL YOU GUYS NEED TO IMPROVE THEMOST ON TO BE EITHER A FACTOR IN THE CHASE OR NEXT SEASON?  “I think that for the 17, the main thing we have to improve on is unloading faster. We need to get the car to be quicker off the trailer. We need to make positive changes quicker. Last weekend for instance, we were terrible off the truck and never got it good until two runs from the end. We drove up and finished 11th and actually had the car pretty good if we would have got it better two hours before that. That is the biggest thing, starting off faster. You always have to try to improve every area from pit road to the race track to getting the cars to run off the truck. You always work on everything, but our biggest thing is the cars need more speed and need to be closer starting off. We need to be able to figure out what adjustments we need to make it drive better for me.”