Mark Martin to Help Tommy Baldwin Racing at Bristol

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMarch 17, 2009

Mark Martin will lend a helping hand to Tommy Baldwin Racing at Bristol this weekend, the team is still searching for sponsorship.

Actually, he's going to lend his website. will appear on the No. 36 entry as Riggs will have to qualify the car on time for Sunday's Food City 500.

“I just wanted to help a fellow racer,” Mark Martin said. “I think this is a great opportunity to get involved, and I encourage others to follow my lead, including other drivers.”

Baldwin has also started a program "Support Small Businesses of America" which is designed for small businesses to help the race team.

For the companies that participate, they will get their logo on the car and receive two VIP passes to the race.

“I think [Mark's] support shows how much other people in this sport want us to be successful," said Baldwin, a long-time Cup crew chief. "I appreciate his help, and I hope other businesses follow his lead to make this program successful.”

Baldwin started the team during the offseason and went to the first four races of the season with no sponsor and driver Scott Riggs has had to qualify on time for all races.

He finished 25th in the Daytona 500, finished 36th at California and then failed to qualify for the events at Las Vegas and Atlanta.

The team is currently 42nd in owners points, 99 points out of the top 35 which would guarantee them a spot for the Martinsville race in two weeks.