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Bodine To Drive TBR’s No. 35 For Five Races; Park Tribute Moved

Tommy Baldwin Racing will field a second car in five Sprint Cup Series races this season, the team announced. Geoffrey Bodine will drive the No. 35 Luke Associates Inc Chevy for all five events.

The No. 35 will appear in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway next month. The car will also attempt to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in October, and Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

TBR originally announced that Steve Park would drive the “Ole Blue” No. 35 tribute car at Daytona, but they decided that Park would run that car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September due to sponsorship and the fact that donations, which are used to finance the tribute car, are far less than last year, and are not enough to run at Daytona.

TBR posted on its Facebook page [1]:

Steve Park Old blue car will move to the 2nd New Hamshire race. We only have raise(d) $3,000 so far and we figure if we run that race maybe we can attract more of a fan base from New England. We have commited to that car and we will do it. Steve is working on some other things to possibly run a couple more races in the 35 car. Our goal is to have 2 cars full time for the start of 2012.

Later, they added:

If anybody thinks we would screw over Steve Park is crazy. We are like brothers and we will represent the old blue the best we can but we need help with the donations.