Tommy Baldwin Racing Changes Plans for West Coast Races Blaney to Drive the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
PHOENIX, ARIZ. (February 26, 2011) -- Following a practice incident, Tommy Baldwin Racing decided to change plans and run the complete race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) and start-and-park the race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Dave Blaney will pilot the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet for the first few laps of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 this weekend and look to race all 400 miles of the Kobalt Tools 400 next weekend.
A spin in the second practice at PIR caused severe damage to the frontend of the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet and forced the team to unload the backup car. With two races in the West, the No. 36 backup car is also the team's primary car for the race at LVMS. Due to the setup, the team decided the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet would have a better chance to finish well with this car at LVMS than PIR. After consulting the sponsor, Accell Construction, TBR decided to change plans and run the complete race at LVMS rather than PIR.
"We figured the best thing to do with a car setup to race at Vegas is to race it at Vegas," explained owner Tommy Baldwin. "We went into this stint in the West with the expectation of running Phoenix and start-and-parking Vegas. The damage was enough to force us to switch to the Vegas car. Thankfully, Accell Construction was willing to make the change with us, as their customer base spans more than the Phoenix area."