Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Golden Corral/NHOF/Richie Evans Chevrolet to pay tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Richie Evans this weekend in the Sylvania 300. He will join his Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
RICHIE EVANS – Evans, who is recognized as the "king" of modified racing, will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with the 2012 class. Throughout his career, he captured nine NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in a 13-year span, which included eight consecutive championships from 1978-85. "The Rapid Roman" collected multiple track championships across the Northeast and hundreds of victories, including a 37-win season during a stretch of 60 modified races in 1979. Evans was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
MYSTIC MISSILE HONORS EVANS – TBR Development Driver Bobby Santos and his Mystic Missile Racing team will also honor Evans with a Richie Evans themed modified. The team will compete Saturday in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.
CHASSIS NO. 293 – Blaney will pilot the No. 293 chassis this weekend. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing. Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR. Blaney drove the chassis at Kentucky Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. Stephen Leicht also piloted the chassis this season at Richmond International Raceway September 10th.
In The Points | The 33rd-place finish at Chicago kept TBR in the 33rd position in NSCS Owner Points. The team is now 16 points behind the No. 13 entry in 32nd and 11 points ahead of the No. 32 entry in 34th. The No. 36 is locked into the top-35 by 66 points. Blaney also held onto the 32nd position in NSCS Driver Points. He is 42 points behind Casey Mears and 11 points ahead of Andy Lally.
Dave Blaney Quotes:
On Richie Evans: “I’m honored to be a part of the Richie Evans tribute car. Evans was a racer in the same era as my father, so it’s easy for me to relate to a guy like that. I’m obviously impressed by all that he accomplished. And, a big thanks to Golden Corral for joining us in this special celebration.”
On Racing at New Hampshire: “Our team seems more competitive on the short tracks this year so this is a chance for us to run well. New Hampshire is more of a home track for Tommy, so he likes to run up there and has good results. We have run well together in the past, so we have high expectations for this weekend.”
Tommy Baldwin Quotes:
On This Weekend: “I’m excited to be going back to my Modified roots with the two cars. Both Richie and Len Boehler with the ‘Ole Blue’ modified have made a huge impact on modified racing. This weekend is very exciting for the Whelen Modified Tour, Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR itself. I’m just honored to represent everyone this weekend."