Originally scheduled for the Coke Zero 400 in July, Steve Park will now drive the Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) No. 35 “Ole Blue” Tribute Chevrolet in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) Sunday, September 25th.
With the announcement of the TBR’s new partner Luke & Associates and the company’s five-race deal, the team needed to shift the tribute car to another date. The team decided it was best for Steve Park to pilot the No. 35 “Ole Blue” Chevrolet in the modified country of New England.
The team chose the Sylvania 300 at NHMS on Sunday, September 25th in order to give more time to raise funds for the tribute car. With a goal of $100,000, the cost to run the race, the tribute raised a mere $3,000 to this point.
For each contribution starting at $20, fans will have the opportunity to add their name to the Len Boehler tribute car that will race in the Sylvania 300. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race in the Sylvania 300, will be donated by TBR to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Fans can visit www.tommybaldwinracing.com/team/ole-blue for more information and to make a contribution.
“We needed to buy more time to get more fans involved,” explained Baldwin. “We haven’t raised near enough money yet. We picked a New England race to try to get more fans of modified racing involved, which is our goal.”
Both Park and the “Ole Blue” modified have experienced great success racing at NHMS in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). “Ole Blue” and owner Len Boehler won four times at NHMS, including three wins at the track in 1996. Steve Park also has four victories at the mile-track, including NWMT wins in 1995 and 1996 when “Ole Blue” finished second.
“I’m excited about racing the tribute in New Hampshire. I consider NHMS my home track, being from New England. I really contribute NHMS being one of the reasons why I made it to the high levels of NASCAR. Before New Hampshire, people from New England never had a place to showcase their talent. With the track being built, it gave the modified racers, including myself, Tommy and Bono a chance to show the NASCAR Cup guys our talent.”
Park will make the No. 35 Chevrolet’s third start of the 2011 NSCS season and his second start of the season in the Sylvania 300 at NHMS September 25th with the “Ole Blue” tribute car.
About “Ole Blue” Tribute:
Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will team up with NASCAR veteran Steve Park for the second annual modified tribute car. Park will run the No. 35 “Ole Blue” Chevrolet to tribute owner, car-builder and mechanic Len Boehler in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd.
Fans will have the unique opportunity to sponsor the No. 35 “Ole Blue” Chevrolet by making contributions from $20 to $10,000. For each contribution, fans will have the opportunity to add their name to the Len Boehler tribute car that will race in the Sylvania 300. All proceeds exceeding $100,000, the cost to race in the Sylvania 300, will be donated by TBR to the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
For more information or to donate to the tribute, visitwww.tommybaldwinracing.com/teams/ole-blue-tribute.
About Tommy Baldwin Racing:
Tommy Baldwin Racing was formed in 2009 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin. Baldwin utilized a slumping economy to open a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with a stringent budget. The team competed in two full seasons with multiple drivers behind the wheel of the No. 36 Chevrolet and improved in the standings each year.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the full NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2011 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney piloting the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet. Looking to improve on-track performance, TBR found success early in the 2011 season with partners Golden Corral, Big Red and Accell Construction. TBR’s driver development program, Heinke-Baldwin Racing, will also compete in various NASCAR series in 2011.