Tommy Baldwin and Tommy Baldwin Racing announces they will return in 2019 to the NASCAR Cup Series. While no driver and no official schedule was announced, TBR will run the Daytona 500. Tommy was a guest on SPEEDWAY with Dave Moody and said he bought a few cars from the #95 Leavine Family Racing team last week. TBR does not plan on trying to acquire a Charter for 2019 and is looking to build TBR back up in baby steps.
Tommy also stated that if drivers have sponsorship and races sold he would entertain the idea of running more races then he currently has sketched out at this time.
We’ve compiled a list of potential drivers for the part time TBR entry:
AJ Allmendinger: AJ will not return to JTG-D Racing In 2019 and has not announced official plans for his future other than a rumor of AJ heading to Sports Car Racing.
Jamie McMurray: Chip Ganassi announced towards the end of the season that Jamie would not be back in the #1 Car full time in 2019. Chip has offered Jamie a Daytona 500 ride and then a managerial role within Chip Ganassi Racing. Jamie could be interested in a part time ride in 2019.
Trevor Bayne : Half way through the 2018 season was forced to share his #6 Ride with Roush-Fenway Racing returner Matt Kenseth. Roush-Fenway Racing announced Ryan Newman will drive the #6 full time in 2019, leaving Trevor and Matt out of a ride. As of now Trevor has no plans announced for 2019.
Matt Kenseth: Why not through his name into the hat. As stated above, Kenseth drove the #6 part time in 2018 in hopes to help boost their program. Having some successful runs but nothing drastically different from Bayne’s runs. Matt has said he enjoyed his time away and doesn’t see coming back to NASCAR after 2018.
Justin Allgaier: Currently Full Time in the Xfinty Series for JR Motorsports could be another possibility for TBR part time. Allgaier did a short stent in the Cup Series with HScott Motorsports.
Ryan Truex: Ryan Truex who competed full time in the Xfinty Series In 2018 for Kaulig Racing. While not officially announced, Ryan has expressed that he doesn’t have a ride lined up in any series in 2019.
John Hunter Nemechek: JH Nemechek ran part time in the Truck Series for NEMCO Motorsports and part time in the Xfinty Series for Chip Ganaasi Racing in the #42. CGR announced Ross Chastain will pilot that entry full time in 2019 leaving JH’s future currently unknown. A recent report has John Hunter heading to GMS Racing’s #23 Xfinty Car In 2019 but nothing officially announced. JH has not made a Cup Series start yet in his career.
Elliott Sadler: Elliott Sadler ran the Daytona 500 for Tommy Baldwin Racing In 2017 driving the #7 Golden Corral Chevy. Yes Elliott Sadler announced his retirement from NASCAR and ended his full time career at JR Motorsports in the Xfinty Series. Elliott did express interest in running a one off race for JR Motorsports if it would help the organization.
Regan Smith: Regan Smith has had a Up and Down career in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinty Series. Most recently Regan was tabbed to fill in for Kasey Kahne In the #95 for Leavine Family Racing after Kasey stepped away for health reasons. In 2019 Regan joined the NASCAR on Fox team as a pit reporter and analysis for Fox Sports 1’s Race Hub. While asked if Regan was actively looking for a full time ride Regan expressed he is fully committed to his role at NASCAR on Fox but would entertain a part time ride after the Fox broadcast is over in the beginning of the summer.
Jeb Burton: Jeb Burton who ran in the Cup Series with limited starts for BK Racing a few years ago has most recently run one off races in the Truck and Xfinty Series.
Source and Official TBR Announcement:
“Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will be returning to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. TBR will field a single car team for select races throughout the year, starting with the season opener, Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced the teams formation in January 2009, running a full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Over the course of seven years, the team grew to a two full-time teams. In 2019, TBR will be looking to start fresh and build from a part-time schedule to full-time in the future.
"We are looking forward to get back going again with TBR in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "Our goal is to work methodically and build it one piece at a time. I'm excited about these five to seven races for the 2019 season, and where it takes us in the future."
Be sure to stay up to date on new driver and sponsor announcements coming soon by following TBR on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram). For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com. For interest in sponsorship opportunities, email TBaldwin@TommyBaldwinRacing.com.”
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