"I know Tommy has aspirations to own his own Busch car. I've had a relationship with Country Hearth and Pillsbury for a few years. They showed an interest in furthering their relationship with me by running a Busch race, so I decided it would be...
"I know Tommy has aspirations to own his own Busch car. I've had a
relationship with Country Hearth and Pillsbury for a few years. They
showed an interest in furthering their relationship with me by running a
Busch race, so I decided it would be good opportunity to help Tommy get
his team started."
- Ward Burton, driver of the Pillsbury Chevrolet Monte Carlo
LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY LITTLE TREES 300
TOMMY BALDWIN RACING
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced its formation on July 16, 2001. Baldwin will continue to serve as crew chief of the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge driven by Ward Burton and owned by Bill Davis Racing. He and D'Hondt serve as co-owners of Tommy Baldwin Racing. D'Hondt, former general manager of both Bill Elliott Racing and Evernham Motorsports, runs the day-to-day team operations.
Although this is just a one-race deal, Tommy Baldwin Racing is hopeful that it will develop into sponsorship opportunities for a full-time driver for the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season."
TOMMY BALDWIN ON HIS NEW VENTURE
"We are thrilled with the opportunity to get our first start with this program with help from The Pillsbury Company," said Tommy Baldwin, car owner. "Eddie (D'Hondt) has been working extremely hard at trying to secure sponsorship for our team. This is the first step in the right direction for Tommy Baldwin Racing. We hope that the relationship with The Pillsbury Company will be successful and will continue in the future.
"Our expectations are pretty high for this weekend. We know Ward can get it done on the track and we feel that with our DeHart chassis and body, we can be competitive from the car standpoint. I know we don't have to worry about our pit crew, since we'll be using the entire No. 22 Caterpillar Racing pit crew and spotter and they've done an outstanding job all year on the cup side.
"Ward runs very well at Charlotte, it's one of his favorite places to race. He has a knack for certain tracks and Charlotte seems to be one of them. Darlington is too and we saw what he could do there last month. Let's hope he can repeat that at Charlotte this Saturday."