Road course racing veteran Ron Fellows will get behind the wheel of the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen this weekend. The Canadian road racing legend will also drive the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Saturday's Nationwide race at the New York road course.
Fellows, a three-time American Le Mans Series GT drivers champion, spent most of his career driving for the Corvette Racing team. He made his first Sprint Cup Series start in 1995 at Watkins Glen International. Since his NASCAR debut, the Canadian native has made 56 starts in NASCAR's top three series, including 22 Cup starts, and tallied four Nationwide Series and two Truck Series wins. Fellows collected two second-place finishes and five top-10 finishes in his 22 Cup starts.
The Toronto native's most recent Cup start was with TBR at Watkins Glen last summer. Fellows was poised for a good finish when a broken suspension ended the team's day early. Fellows will also reunite with crew chief Philippe Lopez. The pair worked together in 2007 for Hall of Fame Racing. A late-race pit road speeding penalty turned a shot at a win into a fourth-place finish during the pair's only race at the Glen.
"I am excited to pick up where we left off last year," Fellows said. "It is always great to be a part of the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. We had a decent qualifying run last year at the Glen, but then didn't finish the race after we were running inside the top 15. Although it is a year later, we are just looking to build on that."
"We had pretty good success last year until we were wrecked halfway through the race," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "We want to finish what we started last year. It's always good to have a road course ringer, and Ron is the best of them. Dave [Blaney] has done a great job for us this season, so we are excited to field the 35 car for him as well."
Fellows and TBR teammate Dave Blaney will take to the 2.45-mile road course Friday for practice. Blaney will work to qualify the No. 35 Chevrolet on Saturday for Sunday's 90-lap event.