Tops Markets joins forces with Paul Wolfe and Tommy Baldwin Racing North.
Mooresville, N.C. (January 16, 2003) - Tommy Baldwin Racing North, a subsidiary of Tommy Baldwin Racing, who owns and operates the NASCAR Busch South #6 STA-RITE Dodge, announced today that they have teamed up with Tops Markets and driver Paul Wolfe for the 2003 NASCAR Busch North season.
Tops Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY, owns and operates 156 Tops Friendly Markets, 212 convenience stores and 8 B-Kwik Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. It is one of the largest locally based employers in Western New York and is one of the largest food retailers in the highly competitive Cleveland market.
"We are very excited about our opportunity with Tops Markets for the 2003 season. Tops Markets is a prominent company in the North and we plan on creating an alliance with them that will allow our organization to cultivate Paul's career into the future," said co-owner Eddie D'Hondt.
Wolfe, a 25-year-old native of Milford, NY, is eager about his new opportunity. "We are surrounding ourselves with the best-of-the-best this season. We have a great sponsor on board and the influence and support of fellow New York natives, Tommy Baldwin and Eddie D'Hondt is invaluable. We are excited about the prospects of 2003."
In addition to running a limited Busch North schedule, Wolfe will also pilot the Tops Dodge in three Winston West series races, the first at Phoenix International Speedway on February 2nd.
"We've kept a close eye on the development of Paul for a while now," said co-owner Tommy Baldwin. "We look forward to giving him the opportunities he needs to further develop his talents."
The Tops Racing Team will operate out of Mooresville, NC, along with the TBR Busch South entry. They plan on competing in Busch North races at Watkins Glen International Speedway, Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson Speedway, Lake Erie Speedway, Adirondack Speedway, New Hampshire International Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Lime Rock Park and Holland International Raceway. Winston West entries include California Speedway and two visits to Phoenix International Raceway.
"Tops Markets" is a member of the Royal Ahold family of grocery stores. Royal Ahold is one of the world's top international food retailers and is the leading supermarket operator along the eastern seaboard.