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Ryan Blaney joins dad at Tommy Baldwin Racing

January 18, 2012, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Tommy Baldwin Racing has signed Ryan Blaney to compete in a limited Nationwide Series schedule in 2012. The 18-year-old Blaney will get behind the wheel of the No. 36 SealWrap Repair Tape Chevrolet and compete in six events throughout the season with his debut set for April 27 at Richmond.

Blaney also will run six NASCAR K&N Pro Series races in his family-owned DB Racing No. 10 SealWrap Repair Tape/Heavy Duty Industrial Services machine, beginning at Bristol on March 17, and Trent Owens will return as crew chief for the Pro Series car.

Blaney, son of Sprint Cup Series and TBR driver Dave Blaney, made a combined three starts last season in the Pro Series East and West, winning in his third start and capturing his first NASCAR victory at Phoenix. Blaney also won the 2011 PASS South Championship and found success in the ARCA Racing Series, where he finished in the top 10 in his two starts.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to run a mix of K&N and Nationwide races this season," Blaney said. "We were really competitive in the K&N Series last year, and I think we will be even more competitive this year. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to win all six races. We will have good equipment racing with TBR. It will be great to race with and learn from the Nationwide guys. To be able to race on bigger tracks will be a good learning experience, too. I'm grateful that SealWrap is supporting my progression in NASCAR and really excited to work with them throughout the season."

This season will mark TBR's fourth season of competition. TBR began as a part-time, one-car Cup team in 2009 and developed into a top-35 team by 2011. In 2012, TBR plans to compete with two Cup teams. The part-time Nationwide team will expand on TBR's driver-development program in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The team would like to increase the number of races in both the Cup and Nationwide schedules, barring more sponsorship opportunities.

"We are really looking forward to restarting our Nationwide program as we have had much success in the past in that series," Tommy Baldwin said. "Watching Ryan the last few years, we are excited to get to the track and see him perform. As we look to the future, this Nationwide program is a stepping-stone for the Cup program, and we are excited to start with Ryan."

Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet last season, where he locked the team into the top 35 in points and captured a third-place finish at Talladega.

"I'm proud that Ryan is making the next step in his racing career," Dave Blaney said. "I think it is a great opportunity for him to run with TBR and still run some races in the K&N Series. He has learned very quickly in every series he has driven, so I am anticipating what competing in the Nationwide Series brings. Thanks to SealWrap and Heavy Duty who have stepped up their programs as Ryan has moved through the ranks. It's really refreshing to build a relationship with companies at this level and be able to grow together."

Ryan Blaney's 2012 Nationwide schedule is as follows: Richmond (April 27), Darlington (May 11), Kentucky (June 29), Indianapolis (July 28), Bristol (Aug. 24) and Charlotte (Oct. 12). His Pro Series schedule is as follows: Bristol (March 17), Richmond (April 26), Iowa (May 19 and Aug. 3), Dover (Sept. 28) and Phoenix (Nov. 10).

"Everyone at SealWrap is extremely excited to be involved with such a professional organization as Tommy Baldwin Racing," said Don Lux, SealWrap national sales manager. "We have been and will continue to support Ryan Blaney in his racing career, and this sponsorship opportunity is a perfect way for us to continue doing that. Nationwide and K&N fans are our customers. They are hard working, do-it-yourselfers who use our SealWrap product around the house and on their cars and trucks. We here are SealWrap are passionate about our product and passionate about racing!"