Manion Joins Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Kevin "Bono" Manion. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Martin Truex Jr. (left) and Kevin "Bono" Manion (right) . (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin “Bono” Manion. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Tommy Baldwin Racing has hired veteran Kevin “Bono” Manion as the crew chief for Michael Annett and the No. 7 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet SS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.

With Manion on board, the team seeks to take the program to the next level as team owner Tommy Baldwin will have the ability to focus on business and management aspects of the team rather than as both owner and crew chief.

“Our original plan was for me to be the crew chief, but when the opportunity to hire Bono came along, it’s the right fit that will allow me to step back from doing both,” said Baldwin. “I can concentrate more on making our business and competition relationships stronger. I can take a look from the top of hill rather than in the trenches.”

Manion is pleased to make his move to TBR. “I’m excited to be on board with TBR and to be back with Tommy,” Manion said. “Our careers have taken us on different paths throughout the years and we’ve created our own successes, but it’s great to be reunited and come full circle. Everyone on the team seems to have so much passion and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

“I’m excited to have Bono as my crew chief,” Annett said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and winning resume with him to TBR. I have a great amount of respect and friendship with Bono and can’t wait to get to Daytona and kick off the 2014 season with him. Bono being hired by TBR is a great testament of Tommy’s leadership ability and surrounding this company with the talent Bono brings to the team. We have some great things ahead of us and I’m excited where this organization is headed. I am grateful to have Pilot Flying J, and all our TBR partners support and on board for my rookie season in the Sprint Cup season.”