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Tommy Baldwin Returns to His Roots; Will Run Partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule with Donny Lia

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 11, 2017) – Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) announced today their plans to compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) with driver Donny Lia in 2017. Returning to his roots, Tommy Baldwin will bring back the iconic No. 7NY.

The car number has a rich history in the NASCAR touring series and the local tracks on Long Island, New York, amassing a combined total 54 wins with the late “Tiger” Tom Baldwin, Sr.
Lia, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion (2007 and 2009) and Long Island native, brings a wealth of experience to the team. With a career dating back to 2001, Lia raced Baldwin on the Tour.
“Tom and I quickly became friends early in my racing career, I was able to learn a lot from him,” said Lia. To now drive for Tommy in the 7NY that his father ran means a lot to me. I just can’t thank him enough for this opportunity.”

Baldwin and Lia have crossed paths before with Baldwin serving as the crew chief for Lia’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 2008.

“There are things I have taken from that one race with Tommy years ago that I have brought with me throughout my career,” Lia commented.  “Knowing how much I learned from only one race with Tommy makes me that much more excited for the upcoming season.”
The program brings Baldwin back to his childhood and sparks great memories along the way.
“This (modifieds) was my introduction to racing,” said Baldwin. “As a kid it’s really all that I knew. Watching and then ultimately working with my dad not only taught me the technical side, but gave me a competitive spirit. He always said ‘there is no replacement for winning.’
There’s no surprise that TBR will field a 600-horsepower open-wheel modified. It has always been part of his plan.
“When I moved to North Carolina, I took my roots with me,” he said. “I knew that at some point, at some level, I would be back involved with modifieds. I stay in contact with and follow the series regularly. It’s always been an important part of my life and now I will have the opportunity to enjoy great memories and create new ones. With a great driver like Donny behind the wheel, the 7NY team is excited for our first race.”
Lia summed up the announcement with similar sentiments.
“I am very honored that Tommy wants to go racing with me in his car,” said Lia. “This is a deal that I feel completes my career. It has come full circle. I get to be racing a modified that Tommy owns, with the 7NY on it. I can say, out of all the cool stuff I have had the opportunity to do throughout my career, this is right at the top of the list.”
Baldwin and Lia are scheduled to compete at the following races:
3/18 Myrtle Beach Speedway
4/30 Stafford Motor Speedway
6/14 Thompson Speedway
7/14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Race of Champions
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
8/4 Stafford Motor Speedway
8/9 Thompson Speedway
9/2 Oswego Speedway
9/16 Riverhead Raceway
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway

First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Headlines 11-Race Schedule For Granite State Pro Stock Series in 2017

WALPOLE, N.H. — The Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) announced an exciting 11-race schedule for the 2017 season on Saturday. The schedule includes events in four different states across a total of 10 different race tracks, giving plenty of variety for both drivers and fans.

Headlining the schedule will be the first annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

The season will begin with a stop at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday April 30, a three-eighths mile flat track in Lee, N.H. In 2016, championship runner-up D.J. Shaw scored the victory at Lee, holding off Derek Griffith and Bryan Kruzcek in the final stages to take the checkered flag.

The GSPSS will attempt the inaugural event at the quarter-mile Riverhead Raceway for a second time in 2017, this time on Saturday night May 20. In 2016, drivers practiced for the event but rain forced the cancellation and there was no reschedule date.

Claremont Speedway’s first stop is slated for Friday June 2, followed by the inaugural event at the third-mile Seekonk Speedway on Saturday June 24. The Seekonk event will see a combination of the regulars of the GSPSS going up against some of the top weekly Pro Stock talent in a thrilling battle.

On Saturday July 1, the Granite State Pro Stock Series will invade “The Magic Mile”, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for the first time in history. The one-mile oval will see the drivers compete in a 50 lap feature race. There will be a practice session on Friday for drivers to begin tuning in their cars for action and there will also be a practice session sometime in May, to be announced at a later date.

“The NHMS event just came together this week, so to say I am thrilled is an understatement,” series president Mike Parks said. “NHMS is kind of a dream for all of the Saturday night racers in New England and this will give a bunch of guys the race to race at the Magic Mile that more than likely would have never had that chance.”

Lee USA Speedway will have a second series race on Friday July 7, before a race at White Mt. Motorsports Park on Saturday July 22. Last year, White Mt. kicked-off the season for the GSPSS and Jacob Dore took down the victory.

The annual JBH 100 will take place at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday Aug. 12, a race won by Mike Parks in 2016. The JBH 100 is in honor of former series co-founder John Hoyt, who passed away suddenly back in 2011.

The month of September will include one race, the annual stop at the Star Classic at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. The main event will be contested on Sept. 8-9.

GSPSS will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the annual Sunoco World Series weekend in 2017 — with all of the qualifying and feature racing taking place on Friday Oct. 13. The GSPSS will compete in a 60 lap feature event on Friday night.

The campaign will once again conclude at the three-eighths mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl as part of the Bemer’s Big Show weekend on Saturday Oct. 21, where the 2017 series champion will be crowned.

“We are excited for the schedule we have put together for 2017. Our goal has always been a 10 to 14 event schedule,” Parks said. “We worked very hard to try not to have multiple back to back weekends, and in 2017 we were able to make that happen. The 11 event schedule we have released is what we have at this point but there still could be one or two additions.”

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net, or contact series president Mike Parks.

2017 Granite State Pro Stock Series Schedule

 April 30 — Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

May 20 —  Riverhead Raceway — 100 laps

June 2 —    Claremont Speedway — 100 laps

June 24 —  Seekonk Speedway — 100 laps

July 1 –     New Hampshire Motor Speedway – 50 laps

July 7 —    Lee USA Speedway — 100 laps

July 22 — White Mt. Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Aug. 12 — Monadnock Speedway — 100 laps

Sept. 8-9 — Star Speedway — 100 laps

Oct. 13 —  Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park — 100 laps

Oct. 21 —   New London-Waterford Speedbowl — 100 laps

Diverse Paths Lead Six Drivers To Top Honor