Silly Season Starts as Tommy Baldwin Racing Makes a Driver Change

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 26, 2009

After the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's, Tommy Baldwin Racing has made a driver change and tapped the "Go To Driver" when you have a struggling team.

Scott Riggs has been released, Baldwin will have Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo driving for the remainder of the 2009 season.

It's nice to see Mike Skinner back running in Cup, sure he'll help the team and even getting them into the top 35 isn't impossible with the wily veteran driving the bulk of the remaining races.

Skinner will be driving in 17 of the final 25 races, running ones that don't conflict with his truck schedule.

"Tommy and I go back along ways and I know that he is the type of person that NASCAR needs in the up Series," said Skinner.

"Even though my main focus is the truck, if we can help Tommy along until he finds that permanent driver that he needs to put his team to the next level, then it is an honor for me to get a chance to participate and to try and help him out."

Patrick Carpentier will be running in five races: both Pocono races, June 28 New Hampshire race, September 12th at Richmond, and Sepember 27th at the second Dover race.

Brian Simo will run both road course races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

I'm surprised Tommy Baldwin Racing didn't make this move sooner; but, it's not a shock that he turned to Mike Skinner to help his team.


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