By Joe Dunn
(Nashville, TN) Despite rumors of the companies demise last month and the follow up that their operations were suspended, BCR will indeed be in Daytona with the #27 Ford Mustang next week.
According to team owner Gary Baker, Baker Curb Racing was never ‘closed’ or had their operations ‘suspended’, although the staff had been reduced substantially for the off season. BCR had lost their long time sponsor Kimberly Clark after the 2009 season, but rebounded in 2010 with Red Man tobacco and driver Greg Biffle. Unfortunately new federal regulations forced the ending of that sponsorship role in mid season and left the team hunting for replacement sponsors to finish the season.
During the off season, BCR, like a lot of NASCAR teams searched high and low for sponsor dollars to help fund the team for the 2011 season. And like many NASCAR teams, some of those ’deals’ have been touch and go with final commitments prolonged.
As the entry deadline loomed, it was agreed that the contracts would be finalized this week so commitment was made today to file a timely entry. In a phone conversation on Tuesday afternoon, Baker stated “We have a driver and sponsor deal, in the works, but as of today the contracts have not been signed. Until the deals are finalized I can’t comment on either, but I will tell you that the #27 car will be in Daytona next week and will start the Drive for COPD 300 on Saturday February 19th.
On Pit Road will follow up between now and then and provide the latest information regarding the driver and the sponsor for this car.