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Tommy Baldwin Racing Scaling Back, Sells Charter To LFR


As rumored the last few weeks, Tommy Baldwin Racing will cease operations as a full time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team after this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Tommy Baldwin Racing has been part of NASCAR since the 2009 season and has worked it’s way up from “Start-And-Parker” to a fully fledged top 30 contender with like likes of Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, and Dave Blaney driving for them in the last several years. But, in a team release from their Facebook account, they are saying it’s time to move on.

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The season finale at Homestead will be the last race for Tommy Baldwin Racing (#7 Chevy) full-time. We felt that it’s time for a new chapter in our lives and we have sold our charter to a great group of people (#95 Leavine Family Racing) who will continue to guide our vision. For the past eight years we’ve shown up at every race, worked hard to compete at the top level and bring value to our sponsors. I feel confident that we are moving on having accomplished that. There have been many teams like ours that have come and gone. I’m proud that we have been able to sustain ourselves from the very beginning.

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have a great group of people both in the shop and on the road. In this business, you are really defined by the people you employ and I’m grateful for everyone’s hard work. Getting sponsors these days is a tough task. Keeping them is even tougher. But we have had so many great supporters of our program. Whether they were a primary, associate or just a one-race sponsor, they were all great to work with and I thank them for believing in us. We’ve had some really great drivers in our cars over the years. Each of them drove hard every lap – no matter how the car was handling. They always gave 110% and that’s all you can really ask from a driver. We’re proud of the names that were on the roof of our Chevrolets.
If you’re reading this, you already know that NASCAR is the greatest sport in the world. I have been blessed to have a career in motorsports because of how NASCAR has grown over the years. Teams don’t always agree with their stance on rule changes or penalties or just the way things are done. But I can tell you that they have gone out of their way to help our team. They’ve brought us opportunities and have always made themselves available to meet with prospective sponsors if we needed them to. It’s been a privilege for me to say that I’m a NASCAR team owner.

As noted above, the teams charter has been sold to Leavine Family Racing effective this weekend and as a result the 59 of Michael McDowell (As the 95 is being driven by Ty Dillon) is locked into Sunday’s field while the 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing car now needs to qualify on speed.