Pre-Race News and Notes
Event/Date: Auto Club 400 - March 24, 2013
Track: Auto Club Speedway
Track Length: 2 mile
Race Distance: 200 laps/400 miles
Tune in: NASCAR on FOX at 2:30 p.m. (ET)
JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Chevy SS find a familiar sponsor coming back on board for this weekend's Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. Encouraged by the progress of the 2013 season, Accell Construction Inc. found it a perfect fit to join on for another race this season.
Accell Construction - Accell Construction adorned the hood of the No. 36 Chevrolet SS at Phoenix and Vegas this season and will return again at Auto Club Speedway. The 20-year-old company also partnered with TBR during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Continuing to see an increase in interest of the company, Accell Construction continues to expand their relationship with the TBR team. When asked about his involvement with the team, owner Steve Todhunter commented, "Accell Construction, Inc. is very happy to sponsor the TBR No. 36 with JJ Yeley driving at Fontana. Accell is proud to represent the Pipeline Terminal Construction Industry in the NASCAR world."
Yeley's history at Fontana: Yeley has a total of 10 starts at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway with his best finish being an 8th place finish in 2006. Yeley's average finish at Fontana is 29.6.
Yeley on Fontana: "I am ready to head out to sunny California and get back to work," Yeley said. "Bristol was a challenge last week but my team never gave up and that is the motto of the Tommy Baldwin Racing team."
Crew Chief Joe Lax on Fontana: "These guys on the No. 36 TBR team give it all they have each and every week. Coming to Fontana we will continue to work hard, knowing the pay off is just right around the corner."
Yeley by the numbers: Heading into Fontana, JJ Yeley is 27th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 91 points behind leader Brad Keslowski.
Did you know?: Last week's "Bristol Shake" featured Yeley's wife and daughter, making it one of the Most Memorable Drive Introductions in NASCAR. In case you missed it, click here.
About Tommy Baldwin Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin formed Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in 2009. Baldwin utilized a declining economy to open a NSCS team with a stringent budget. The team worked to build to full-time competition, and by the 2011 season, the team's third season, TBR competed in every race and locked the No. 36 Chevrolet in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Chevrolet to TBR's highest finish of third in the October 2011 event at Talladega Superspeedway. In 2012 both cars fielded by TBR finished in the top-35 in points.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2013 with NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney driving the No. 7 Chevy SS and JJ Yeley piloting the No. 36.