DOVER, Del. -- Tommy Baldwin took over as Dave Blaney's crew
chief Sunday, two days after the Nextel Cup driver failed to
qualify at Dover International Speedway.
Baldwin replaced Kevin Hamlin, who is no longer with Bill Davis
"Kevin Hamlin was an important part of the organization and we
appreciate everything he has done for us for the past year and a
half," Davis said. "But we feel like the ... team is not living
up to its full potential.
"We are fortunate to have someone like Tommy Baldwin, who has
had so much success as a crew chief to fill that position."
Baldwin, who is competition director for BDR, spent several
years as crew chief for the No. 22 when Ward Burton was the driver.
Baldwin led the team to four wins, including the 2001 Southern 500
at Darlington Raceway and the 2002 Daytona 500.
Blaney was the best of the Toyota bunch at the start of this
season, but had little to show for it because of accidents and
other mishaps on the track. He entered Friday's qualifying at Dover
36th in the points and his speed failed to qualify him for the
Blaney also missed the field at Talladega in May.