Ollie’s Bargain Outlet will join Tommy Baldwin Racing as primary sponsor for the No. 36 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Chevrolet and Dave Blaney at the 54th Annual Daytona 500 February 26. The sponsorship will be the company’s third venture in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, salvage and surplus merchandise. The Pennsylvania-based company currently operates 114 stores in 12 states and has previously sponsored other drivers in various NASCAR series.
“We’re excited to support Dave Blaney and TBR and to have a part in the Daytona 500,” says Mark Butler, president and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. “A lot of our customers are NASCAR fans, so it will be great for them to see our car out on the track.”
Blaney had to qualify into last season’s Daytona 500. He made the race, led three laps and finished 26th in the 2011 Daytona 500. He will once again attempt to qualify for the Great American race this season for his 23rd start at the 2.5-mile speedway.
“We are thrilled to have Ollie’s come on board for this year’s Daytona 500,” said Tommy Baldwin. “We were pleased with our superspeedway efforts last year and feel like we can build on that for this season. With Ollie’s joining for the biggest race of the season, it is a win-win for all of us. They have worked with Dave in the past, and we are excited to have them as part of our program at TBR.”
Blaney will qualify for the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 19 and compete in the Gatorade Duels Thursday, February 23 to attempt to race in the 2012 Daytona 500.
- Tommy Baldwin Racing Press Release