Michigan International Speedway
Blaney will hit the 2-mile Brooklyn, Mich., track in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) Chevrolet for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
TBR AT MICHIGAN – The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 will mark TBR’s second start at the 2-mile speedway. Mike Skinner drove in the team’s lone start. He started 43rd and finished 41st with a vibration.
BLANEY AT MICHIGAN – Blaney will make his 21st start at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. In his 20 career-starts, he tallied two top-10 starts and three top-10 finishes. The Buckeye Bullet scored his best finish of sixth twice (August 2001 and 2007). Tommy Baldwin called the shots to his sixth-place finish in 2007. He drove to his best start of fourth in June 2001.
ALL IN THE FAMILY – As Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, Baldwin and Blaney will celebrate participating in the sport they love. Both Baldwin and Blaney owe their passion of racing to their racer dads, and both continue to pass that passion down to the next generation. Baldwin’s father, Tom Baldwin, was a well-known Modified racer in the Northeast. Baldwin’s oldest son, Tommy Baldwin III, is following in his father’s footsteps working in the TBR shop. Blaney grew up watching his father, Lou Blaney, race the dirt tracks of the northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for four decades. Blaney’s son, Ryan, got behind the wheel at a young age and recently made his NASCAR debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
CHASSIS NO. 78 – Blaney will pilot the No. 78 chassis this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. TBR previously ran the chassis at Kansas Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. Blaney drove the No. 78 chassis to TBR’s best finish of 13th at Richmond International Raceway earlier this season.
LAST RACE RECAP: 5-HOUR ENERGY 500 –Blaney started from the 40th spot, and the TBR team worked on the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet throughout the day to improve the handling of the racecar in the 5-Hour Energy 500. The Hartford, Ohio native drove the Golden Corral Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish at Pocono Raceway.
IN THE POINTS – The No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet held onto the 32nd position in NSCS Owner Points and extended the team’s lead over 36th place to 50 points. Blaney also held onto the 31st spot in NSCS Driver Points and gained on 30th place. He is now 18 points behind David Gilliland.
ON THE RACING AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY – “Michigan is one of my favorite tracks. It’s the closest track to where I grew up in Ohio, so I see more people that I know when we go there. It’s a very cool racetrack. You can run all over there three-wide, so it’s a lot of fun for drivers. The race is very unpredictable. Most of the time it ends up being a fuel mileage race but it seems to get rain shortened a lot, as well as good finishes. We’ve been working on the setups and improving each week, so hopefully that shows on the track.”
ON MICHIGAN – “I really like Michigan. It has a lot of lanes, which leads to good racing action. The race can turn into a drag race or fuel-mileage race. You have to play your cards right during the race to be there at the end. I’m looking forward to finally racing there after two years."