MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. (November 2, 2011) – Luke Racing driver Geoffrey Bodine will swap numbers and crews with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) teammate Dave Blaney this weekend atTexas Motor Speedway in an effort to continue to build TBR and give the team the best chance to qualify both cars for Sunday’s event.
Dave Blaney will drive the No. 35 Big Red Chevrolet and attempt to qualify for the AAA Texas 500. Geoffrey Bodine will pilot the No. 36 Luke & Associates Chevrolet and is guaranteed a starting spot in Sunday’s 501-mile race. Both cars will compete for kids to eat free in Golden Corral’s “Racing for America’s Families” promotion, where kids eat free on Monday, November 7 if either car finishes in the top-10.
The teams will keep the switch for the final two events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Blaney will drive the No. 35 Golden Corral Chevrolet and attempt to qualify for both events at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Bodine will stay in the No. 36 Luke & Associates Chevrolet and be guaranteed a spot in both events.
Also, both cars will run “Kids Eat Free” messaging on the TV panel as they compete for the “Racing for America's Families” promotion. If Blaney or Bodine finish in the top-10 in either race, kids eat free at Golden Corral the following Monday.
“With Dave’s experience qualifying these new cars the last few years, we felt like swapping teams was best for our partners and will give us the best opportunity to get both cars in the field,” explained TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. “We appreciate all that Dave has done this year to help the team meet our goal of finishing in the top-35 in owner points and that he has been a team player all year. Geoff hasn’t had a lot of seat time in these new Cup cars, which makes qualifying for these races even harder. I have faith in Geoff to get it done on Sunday and being able to focus on race day will reduce his learning curve.”
About Luke & Associates, Inc.:
Headquartered on the Space Coast of Florida, Luke formed in 2004 and has grown exponentially to become one of the largest providers of health care for the U.S. military. Luke employs more than 1,300 medical and support personnel around the globe at clinics, hospitals and medical centers for both government and commercial entities. The company staffs more than 50 people in Brevard County and 200 in the State of Florida.
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