Support From Salty Dog, Furniture By Walker Help Make Debut on April 22 Possible; Additional Races To Follow
Souza Media Press Release for Tommy Baldwin Racing
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Luke Baldwin and Walker Motorsports jointly announced today that Luke Baldwin will make his CARS Tour debut in the No. 15 Pro Late Model in the CARS Pro Late Model Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 22.
Baldwin will pilot the entry for Walker Motorsports with support from Salty Dog, Furniture by Walker and others. It will be the first of three straight starts for Baldwin in the car – as he will follow the series to Ace Speedway on May 5 and North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 17. Additional events during the 2023 season are also possible.
Baldwin is off to a hot start on his 2023 season – winning two races and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Racing 602 Modified championship in February at New Smyrna Speedway. He will return to the seat of the 602 Modified on Saturday, April 15 at Hickory Motor Speedway for a 50-lap event, one week prior to the CARS debut. He also already finished top-five in a Late Model at Hickory in March for DLP Motorsports.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and couldn’t be more excited to work with Chris Walker and his guys,” Luke Baldwin said. “I had a blast in the Late Model last time out and I’m pumped to be able to do it again. I feel pretty confident going into it since it’s a track where I have some experience already and I think all of the guys at Walker Motorsports will give me a great piece. I’ll be running against a lot of the top drivers in the Pro Late Models, but I think it will be a good challenge, and we’re ready for it. I have to thank my parents, Salty Dog, Scott Anderson and Furniture by Walker, along with everyone else to make this happen. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do it.”
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“We support Luke Baldwin and his racing and the entire team,” Bob Gossett of Salty Dog said. “We got together when my kids were running INEX Cars and Luke and his brother Jack were in the pits next to us. Not only do we support Luke’s racing, but we support and have our own teams as well. Fans can visit us online to learn more.”
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Chris Walker, owner of Walker Motorsports and the owner of the furniture store, has been in the sport for many years, working with names like Jeff Fultz, Clay Rodgers, AJ Frank and others. He currently has a FURY Pro Late Model that he will be using to team with Luke and Tommy Baldwin for the effort.
“Luke can definitely drive, we’ve seen that this year already at New Smyrna,” Walker said. “Scott Anderson works with me and he is good friends with Tommy Baldwin and his team, and all of this just fell together. I’m fresh at this – never really done racing like this out on my own and it’s a great opportunity to get going. Tommy Baldwin can see a lot of things on a race car that the average person can’t see, he’s been around so long. We can set this thing up and get it going and all of our guys together will work on it to make sure Luke has what he needs. We’re going to try to make it happen out there and give Luke a chance to win.”
Any additional events for the team would be announced at a later date.
For more information on Luke Baldwin, including updates from the track on race day, visit Luke Baldwin Racing on Facebook. Fans can also follow Tommy Baldwin Racing online at TommyBaldwinRacing.com and through social media.
Race Recap by Souza Media
RICHMOND, Va. – In many ways, the second round of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season looked to be shaping up like another strong podium finish for Doug Coby and Tommy Baldwin Racing. In the Mayhew Tools No. 7NY, Coby qualified sixth on Friday for the Virginia is For Racing Lovers 150 at Richmond Raceway, but mother nature brought rain, winning the night, and rescheduling the race for Saturday, April 1.
At the outset of the event, which took place after the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Coby rode inside the top-five, and it wasn’t long before a round of pit stops in the middle of the race that Coby was out front and pulling away from his challengers. However, a caution just inside the final 50 laps stacked the field up again and Coby was chasing the back of eventual first-time race winner Austin Beers on the restart.
While running second after the restart is when the day changed. The handling on the car drastically turned where Coby was lacking grip. The crew did find an oil leak after the race. Coby drove what he had left to finish 13th in the 150-lap race.
“The handling of the car was drastically different just after the last restart,” Coby said. “I don’t know if I had anything for the 64 (Beers) to try and win, but I had a strong top-three or top-five finish at least before we had that happen. By the end of the race, I just had no grip. Thanks to the Mayhew Tools and TBR guys for working hard over what ended up being two days at the track.”
The next event on the calendar for Doug Coby and the Tommy Baldwin Racing, Mayhew Tools No. 7NY team together is at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 29-30 for the NAPA Spring Sizzler, a $20,000 to win race.
For more information on Doug Coby, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook. Fans can also follow Mayhew Tools on social media or visit them online at MayhewTools.com.
ABOUT MAYHEW TOOLS
Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit Mayhew.com.
ABOUT DOUG COBY
Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves. He also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2021 with GMS Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2022, Coby won three races with Tommy Baldwin Racing as part of a part-time effort on the Whelen Modified Tour. In 2023, he will pilot the No. 7NY for Tommy Baldwin Racing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to chase a seventh title.