MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Tommy Baldwin Racing confirmed Tuesday that the team will carry sponsorship from Accell Construction on the No. 7NY tour-type modified during the 2018 season, beginning with the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
Multi-time Valenti Modified Racing Series champion and reigning ISMA Supermodified Tour champion Jon McKennedy will pilot the No. 7NY Accell Construction Chevrolet for Baldwin, starting with the World Series opener on Feb. 12 and continuing through multiple NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events throughout the season.
“I am very excited for the opportunity that Tommy Baldwin is giving me,” said McKennedy. “Tommy is a very smart guy and is very well-respected in the modified garage. I plan on having a great Speedweeks in New Smyrna with the team and Accell Construction.”
Oklahoma-based Accell Construction operates a full service site civil contractor for the petroleum terminal and bulk storage industries. Accell has been a partner with Tommy Baldwin Racing since the inception of TBR in 2012.
In addition to the World Series races at New Smyrna Speedway, the No. 7NY Accell Construction Chevrolet will also compete at NASCAR modified events at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Stafford Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Oswego Speedway.
“It’s been 40 years since I’ve been in NASCAR modifed racing,” said Accell Construction owner Steve Todhunter. “Accell Construction Inc. and I are very happy to go back there with the accomplished Tommy Baldwin Racing team. The last time I was there, the familiar names on the circuit were the Bodines, Lajoies, Evans, Cooks, Flemkes, Membrinos, Stockwells and of course, the Baldwins. We all had a lot of fun going to the races in those days in the Northeast. Hopefully we can get the (No.) 7NY to the front and relive some of those great memories of yesteryear, when racing was fun!”
McKennedy told Race Chaser Online on Jan. 23 that his goal is to compete full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season, but that several pieces still needed to fall into place before that scenario would be a reality.
“I really want to be able to run the NASCAR Tour full-time; I feel like that’s the next chapter for me,” McKennedy said. “I just feel like that’s the next challenge for me and I really want to do it. I know with the right people and the right equipment, I can be successful.”
Tommy Baldwin Racing and Race Chaser Online New England editor Kyle Souza contributed material to this report.