SportingNews.com’s Bob Pockrass reports that since Robby Gordon, user of the #7 since 2005, will not be running full-time in 2013 his number is up for grabs. It was widely believe that Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup team would pick it up since she used the number in the Izod IndyCar Series and recently in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She will not, and instead it is Tommy Baldwin Racing who will pick up the number.
Dave Blaney will drive the #7 Chevrolet for TBR for most of 2013, specifically in Daytona he will have sponsorship from Golden Corral. Beyond that, there are questions on the sponsorship front and if they will continue to campaign a second car. If they do, that second car is expected to carry the more traditional #36 for the team. Previously they had used #35 and last year #10 for their second car, so number changing is nothing new to the team. The team picked the number in honor of owner Tommy Baldwin’s Dad, Tom Baldwin, Sr., who campaigned it in the Modified ranks of the Northeast.
I was surprised that Danica didn’t jump on the chance for the number, but Pockrass pulled up quotes from fall of 2011 when Danica mentioned she liked being able to pick her own number, and that number was 10. It is a good idea as well to let her start fresh in the Sprint Cup Series and have little ties to her past, beyond the sponsorship.
As for Robby Gordon, I asked his people about his NASCAR plans for 2013 and was told he would love to do some races (assumed road courses), but only if sponsorship was found. I’m going to be surprised if a Nationwide or Camping World Truck owner wouldn’t roll the dice on running him this year. On the flip side, he does have other interest to worry about, such as his new stadium truck series which he’s already go Justin Lofton joining.
By Michael Metzger