Robinson-Blakeney Racing for Sale
By Steven Ellis
The Racing Experts have learned Gavel Auctions is scheduled to hold an auction of the complete assets of the No. 49 Robinson-Blakeney / American Israel team on October 30, 2012, including race cars, engines, hauler, EFI systems, shop equipment, pit road boxes and more. No official word has been made yet from the team itself.
Starting with the 2012 Daytona 500, the team announced its intent to compete in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team planned to race the full series schedule, running Toyota Camry's, and used the No. 49. J.J. Yeley was the original driver and Tony Furr was the crew chief. In its first outing, the team missed the field for the Daytona 500, and would go on to miss many more during the season, until J.J. Yeley quit the team to help start and park for Max Q motorsports. With Jason Leffler behind the wheel for the races they did qualify, the team went on to start and park the remaining races.
JRR made its NASCAR debut in the Busch series in 2000 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Rodney Childers was the driver of the #49 Southern Marine Chevy. Currently, the team occasionally runs the 28 car in Nationwide, with multiple drivers. After 503 total races in NASCAR, the team has had lackluster success, never registering a win or even a pole.