Bizarre day ends with Regan Smith back in NASCAR Sprint Cup ride

HAMPTON, GA - AUGUST 31: Regan Smith, driver of the #7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 31, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Regan Smith (Getty Images)
Regan Smith (Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a somewhat surprising turn of events in a single day Thursday Tommy Baldwin Racing removed a driver the team owner recently praised and signed for 2016 and replaced him with a veteran who has been out of a full time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 2012.

Early Thursday Tommy Baldwin Racing issued a short press release to announce they had parted ways with Alex Bowman. Last summer team owner Tommy Baldwin had praised the young driver and indicated that he had picked up Bowman’s option for 2016.  The team recently announced that Toy State and their Nikko RC and Road Rippers brands will serve as the majority sponsor for the season and indicated that Bowman would be driving for the independent, low-budget operation. That all changed Thursday and by the evening, Regan Smith was named the driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet in 2016.

“This is a really great time for us,” said Baldwin in an emailed press release.MORE>>>

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