Tommy Baldwin Racing names Bray Pemberton as GM


Bray Pemberton, son of NASCAR senior vice president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton, has been named General Manager and Chief Legal Counsel for Tommy Baldwin Racing, the team announced.

Bray Pemberton, who is also the nephew of NASCAR broadcaster Randy Pemberton, will take over much of the administrative aspect of the operation, allowing team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. to focus on further growing the two-car organization.

“We are excited about bringing Bray on board to manage the business and legal elements at Tommy Baldwin Racing,” Baldwin said in a team media release. “This will give me the opportunity to focus on the big picture and spend more time building TBR into a championship-caliber organization.”

Bray Pemberton, 29, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012. From there, he followed in his family’s racing footsteps by working for Randy Humphrey Racing, followed by a stint as GM for Swan Racing, which ceased operations last April.

“While I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had with race teams in NASCAR, I can honestly say I’ve never been so excited about the possibilities I now have working alongside Tommy Baldwin,” Pemberton said. “I have the utmost respect for what Tommy and (wife) Beth have done over the past few years in building this team, basically on their own.

“I see so many great opportunities to help continue to grow their dream and see TBR compete with the top teams in NASCAR.”

Pemberton’s hiring comes just days after at least one report that TBR may either reduce its two-car operation or potentially form an alliance with Jay Robinson Racing for the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

TBR’s two drivers in 2014, Michael Annett and Reed Sorenson, each competed in all 36 races on the Sprint Cup schedule, finishing 33rd and 34th, respectively.

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Jeremy Martin suffered broken wrist in Hangtown crash

Martin broken wrist Hangtown
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Jeremy Martin suffered a dislocated and broken wrist in his crash during the second moto of Pro Motocross Round 2 at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. A timeline for his return has not been announced.

Older brother Alex Martin took to Instagram to announce the update on Jeremy: “Update on the little man: He dislocated and broke his right wrist in the 2nd moto crash at Hangtown. He had surgery this morning to set and fix several things. He’s hurting pretty bad from this one. Hang in there Jerma!”

After finishing 13th in Moto 1, Martin was involved in a violent crash at the beginning of the second race. Martin crashed on the inside of Turn 1 with much of the field behind him, With nowhere to go, Talon Hawkins rode over his wrist as several other riders piled into the incident. Martin was carted off the course by the Alpinestars Medical team as he held his right arm away from his body.

Martin finished 17th overall in the season opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California with results of 16th and 19th in the two motos. Even with his failure to finish in Moto 2, Martin was ranked 16th overall. He started the day with the fifth-best qualification time.

Martin finished sixth in the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division on the strength of five top-fives and two other top-10s in nine rounds. He is currently ranked 11th in combined SuperMotocross points, 58 above the cutline to make the top 20 and get an automatic invitation to the three-race playoff in September.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Chase Sexton, concussion
Eli Tomac, Achilles tendon | It was just a freak deal
Justin Barcia,
collarbone and shoulder
Jason Anderson, vertebrae
Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
concussion | returned at Pala

250 riders
Nate Thrasher, hip
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta
Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala