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Baldwin honors father with switch to No. 7

January 17, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Baldwin honors father with switch to No. 7
Tommy Baldwin Racing changes from No. 36 to No. 7 with driver Dave Blaney

Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Thursday that it will run the No. 7 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013.

Team owner Baldwin's late father, Tom Baldwin Sr., drove the number 7NY as a NASCAR Modified driver. The 2002 Daytona 500-winning crew chief got his start in racing by working on his father's cars, and 2013 marks his fifth year as an owner in NASCAR's top national series.

"It is a very special moment today to announce the number 7 on our Chevrolet SS," Baldwin said. "The number has been in the Baldwin family for a long time and it is going to be pretty special to carry on that legacy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series."  

Another second-generation racer, Dave Blaney, will pilot the TBR car full-time for the third consecutive year.

Blaney joined the team in late 2010. In 2011, his first full season with the organization, he earned the team's best finish and tied his career-best result with a third-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway.

Robby Gordon previously had run the No. 7 car.

Tommy Baldwin Racing's new No. 7 car was on display at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday. (Photo by Alan Cavanna)