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Blaney to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in '11

January 17, 2011, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- No. 36 set to run 16 Cup Series races, will look to add more throughout season

Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Monday that the team will run the No. 36 Chevrolet in its third year of competition in the Sprint Cup Series. Dave Blaney will drive the No. 36 in all 36 events and will kick off the season with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.

Although the No. 36 will attempt to qualify each week, the team will target 16 races to complete until proper funding is found to complete the remaining 20 events. Going into the season opener in Daytona, the targeted races include: two races at Daytona, Phoenix, Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond and New Hampshire, as well as events at Darlington, Infineon, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen.

"Our plan is in place to compete in 16 events with or without sponsorship," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "We would definitely love to bring a sponsor on board to support our team in those 16 races and more. We will continue to seek more funding and add to our schedule by developing unique and customized packages for potential partners."

In 2010, Tommy Baldwin Racing competed in 27 Cup Series events with multiple drivers, including Blaney. Steve Park posted the team's season-best finish of 13th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. The Mooresville-based team made 25 starts in 2009 and posted a season-best finish of 18th at Talladega.

In addition to reuniting with TBR this season, Blaney will work with Baldwin as his crew chief again. The Hartford, Ohio, native made six starts in the No. 36 during the 2010 Cup season with a season-best finish of 30th at Richmond. Baldwin worked as Blaney's crew chief for two seasons at Bill Davis Racing.

"I am very excited to get back into the No. 36 Chevrolet," Blaney said. "TBR ended the year with great promise and rebuilt their fleet of cars in the offseason. With that and our previous experience together, I think we will hit the ground running."

Blaney has consecutively competed in the Cup Series since 1999. He earned two poles, three top-fives and 27 top-10s throughout his career in the Cup Series. Prior to joining the NASCAR ranks in 1998, Blaney found success in the USAC Silver Crown Series.

"We are glad to have Dave back with our team," Baldwin said. "He gets along well with our team, and his previous NASCAR experience means a lot. Working together in the past will help us going into Daytona and throughout the season."