After a successful season with Tommy Baldwin Racing winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owners championship, the team will officially celebrate the crown this Thursday, October 27 at Martinsville Speedway. In the chase for the Grandfather Clock trophy on a special night for the entire team in Virginia, Tommy Baldwin Jr. has tabbed Jimmy Blewett to drive the No. 7NY in the season-finale.
By Souza Media
Blewett drove the car to success already this season – winning the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship at New Smyrna Speedway in February, and also capturing a victory on the Whelen Modified Tour at Wall Stadium Speedway in July. Blewett and Baldwin are no strangers to working together, and are close friends away from racing on the track.
The team will officially be presented with the championship trophy post-race, after Blewett, Doug Coby and Mike Christopher Jr. split the ride this season. On the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour alone, the team has five wins in the first 15 races – with Coby capturing three and Christopher and Blewett one each.
The Tommy Baldwin Racing team also just celebrated a championship on the SMART Modified Tour with driver Caleb Heady last weekend.
“It’s only fitting to have Jimmy drive the car for the final race of the season,” Baldwin said. “It’s going to be an exciting night down there with the celebration that will happen after the race, but we want to make sure we seal up another win before it’s over. We want to go out with a bang. Jimmy is a proven winner and there aren’t many drivers out there I trust as much as him. With everything he’s had to deal with throughout his racing career, and the ride we’ve been on, winning together in the 7NY at Martinsville on this special night would make it even more memorable.”
Blewett is no stranger to winning at Martinsville Speedway. In 2006, he won the inaugural Whelen Modified Tour race at the Paperclip, driving for the late Ed Partridge. And even though since then he’s failed to finish in his last three starts there, Blewett’s always had speed. He’s looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the car and also prepared to get Baldwin his wish in Victory Lane.
“We’re really excited to get to Martinsville because Tommy’s goal was accomplished as the owners champion and we can go into the race without that pressure as a team,” Blewett said. “Knowing you are going there with the best team going right now, it’s an incredible feeling. These guys have been on top of their game all year. They make guys like my teammates and I shine and with that said, it’s no pressure – just go for the win for us. Hopefully we can do just that. It would be nice to get the boss man that Grandfather Clock.”
Thursday’s action at Martinsville Speedway includes one practice session from 3-4 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 5 p.m. The final race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take the green flag at 8 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV.
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