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Tommy Baldwin Racing expands Nationwide program

January 25, 2012, Team Release,

Truex, Santos to split Daytona races in joining Blaney in part-time driver lineup

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Tommy Baldwin Racing has expanded its Nationwide Series program with the addition of Ryan Truex and Bobby Santos, who will split driving duties with Ryan Blaney.

Truex will compete in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 25. Santos will race in the Subway Jalapeno 250 at DIS on July 6. Blaney will run six NNS events with TBR, debuting April 27 at Richmond.

Tommy Baldwin Racing

2012 Nationwide Schedule
April 27RichmondR. Blaney
May 11DarlingtonR. Blaney
June 29KentuckyR. Blaney
July 6DaytonaB. Santos
July 28IndianapolisR. Blaney
Aug. 24BristolR. Blaney
Oct. 12CharlotteR. Blaney

Truex will make his first superspeedway start in the Nationwide season opener. The 19-year-old made his series debut in 2010 at Gateway and has made 24 starts in the past two seasons combined. He compiled five top-10 finishes, including a third-place run at Kansas in 2011. Truex competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2009 and '10 and won the championship both years with a top-10 average finish.

"I'm happy to be back in a race car," Truex said. "I was back and forth between teams last year, so it is nice to be in a car for the first race of this season. I'm excited about racing at a superspeedway. This is my first restrictor-plate race and first start at Daytona. It's something I've never done, but it looks like a lot of fun. Superspeedway racing is something I need to learn as I progress in my career. Hopefully, I can find myself a good partner to work with and have a good finish at the end."

Santos has competed under the TBR development banner since 2010. He competed in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2010 and '11 and won the championship in his first season in the series. The 26-year-old won the inaugural USAC National Pavement Sprint Car Series championship last season in a family-owned car. Santos has made five Nationwide starts since 2007, most recently in last year's opener at Daytona, where he finished 17th in a JR Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet.

"I'm thrilled to compete in the Nationwide Series again," Santos said. "The Daytona race last year was a lot of fun. It was kind of a last-minute deal, so I'm glad we'll have some time to prepare for it this year. Tommy and Al have done a lot to help my career, and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity in the Nationwide Series."

This season will mark TBR's fourth season of competition. TBR began as a one-car, part-time Sprint Cup Series team in 2009 and developed into a top-35 team by '11. 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 Whelen Modified Tour. The team would like to increase the number of races in both the Cup and Nationwide schedules, provided more sponsorship can be found.

"We are really working hard to develop young talent," Tommy Baldwin said. "The Nationwide Series is a great place for young drivers to learn the ropes and compete at the same tracks as the Cup Series. It is important to give these kids opportunities to showcase their talents for their future and for the future of TBR."