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TBR's Blaney, Bodine swap rides for final races

November 02, 2011, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Tommy Baldwin Racing drivers Dave Blaney and Geoffrey Bodine will swap numbers and crews starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in an effort to continue to build TBR and give the team the best chance to qualify both cars for Sunday's event.

Dave Blaney will drive the No. 35 Chevrolet and attempt to qualify for the AAA Texas 500. Geoffrey Bodine will drive the No. 36 Chevrolet and is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday's 501-mile race. The teams will keep the switch for the final two events of the Sprint Cup Series season.

In addition, both cars will compete for kids to eat free in Golden Corral's "Racing for America's Families" promotion. If Blaney or Bodine finish in the top 10 in any of the races, kids eat free at Golden Corral the following Monday.

"With Dave's experience qualifying these new cars the last few years, we felt like swapping teams was best for our partners and will give us the best opportunity to get both cars in the field," Tommy Baldwin said. "We appreciate all that Dave has done this year to help the team meet our goal of finishing in the top 35 in owners' points and that he has been a team player all year. Geoff hasn't had a lot of seat time in these new Cup cars, which makes qualifying for these races even harder. I have faith in Geoff to get it done on Sunday and being able to focus on race day will reduce his learning curve."