Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Dave Blaney and Stephen Leicht will swap rides for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. Blaney will pilot the No. 35 Pepsi Max Chevrolet and attempt to qualify for the race. Leicht will wheel the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet in the 400-mile event.
TBR put Blaney in the No. 35 because it is not locked into the race, and they feel Blaney is better suited to get it in the race. The No. 36 is in the top 35 in owner’s points and therefore locked in the show.
TBR owner Tommy Baldwin said:
With Dave’s 14 years of experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and his proven ability to qualify for races, we felt like swapping cars was best for our partners and will give us the best opportunity to get both cars in the field. I have full confidence in Stephen’s abilities, and he was very successful at the test. We just didn’t want his inexperience in Cup cars to affect both cars making the event. Both drivers are team players and understand how important it is for the future of TBR for both cars to make the field this weekend. Dave is a standup guy and understands that giving Stephen the opportunity to show his talent in a TBR racecar will help our team’s future.