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The 2011 NASCAR season is quickly approaching, and Hunt Brothers® Pizza already has reason to celebrate. In a partnership with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for two of NASCAR's most successful and influential drivers, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler.

 

KHI was founded in 2001 by Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana. The couple originally created the team as an outlet for Harvick to win his first Truck Series race, but it soon became much more. After 10 years of racing, the organization has grown into one of the premier racing teams in NASCAR. This season will mark the fourth year for Hunt Brothers Pizza serving as a primary sponsor in NASCAR. The company could not be more thrilled about joining one of the sport's strongest teams.

 

"Expanding our strategic partnership with NASCAR through KHI provides an incredible platform for Hunt Brothers Pizza to increase our brand exposure and our consumer reach through the racing team's significant fan base," says Scott Hunt, CEO for Hunt Brothers Pizza. "We're excited to be a part of KHI, and we are looking forward to a winning NASCAR season led by the all-star driving team of Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler."

 

Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as a primary sponsor for the KHI No. 2 and No. 4 Nationwide Series entries, with Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler behind the wheel. Hunt Brothers Pizza will also be represented as primary sponsor of the KHI No. 2 Chevrolet in the Truck Series, with drivers Harvick and Sadler. Additionally, Hunt Brothers Pizza will join Harvick as an associate sponsor for the full 2011 season on Harvick's No. 29 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Sprint Cup Series car. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be represented on Harvick's uniform and have logo placement on the car.

 

"Kevin Harvick Inc. is excited to partner with Hunt Brothers Pizza to create a unique sponsorship experience for both parties," said KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick. "Our two organizations share similar cultural values and a winning spirit-which is sure to translate into some big wins on and off the track for both companies."

 

Harvick began his racing career at the tender age of seven, racing go-carts to satisfy his need for speed, which eventually led to racing cars and his incredible career in NASCAR. In no time, Harvick was on an outstanding winning streak where he still remains today, finishing the 2010 season with 10 wins in all three of NASCAR's three elite series.

 

When Harvick thought about making additions to his racing team in 2010, Elliott Sadler was an obvious choice. After climbing behind the wheel of KHI cars and trucks in 2010, Sadler's five top-10 finishes, two pole awards and win at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June solidified his spot for 2011 at KHI.

 

Hunt Brothers Pizza and KHI kick off the NASCAR season April 23, 2011, at the Nashville Superspeedway with Sadler driving the KHI No. 2 Nationwide Series Car. The Hunt Brothers Pizza sponsorship with KHI also includes special NASCAR-related promotions, on-track giveaways and other special events.

 

For more information about the Hunt Brothers Pizza NASCAR sponsorships, visit www.hbpRacing.com.

 

CREDIT: KHI PR

There’s an old saying about charity beginning at home. And that’s what needs to be happening right now in NASCAR. We’ve got some racing greats who gave their all for the sport of stock car racing who are having some hard times getting medical care, paying the doctors’ bills, and meeting their everyday needs.

Recently, we found out that former racing great Fred Lorenzen was living in a nursing home as a result of his Alzheimer’s and that he was forgetting things, is beginning to forget names, was getting injured from falls at home, and that he pretty much wasn’t able to take care of himself. This is a far cry from the Golden Boy who wheeled his #28 Holman-Moody Ford around the track and winning. Fred gave his all for stock car racing and for the NASCAR under Bill France Sr. And how is Fred and his family being repaid by the France family for the sacrifices he made? They’re not. The Frances continue to hide behind the “independent contractor” clause. Despite the fact that NASCAR has a multi-million dollar charity which could easily assist Fred, it doesn’t. There are also a number of drivers who have charities who could step up and help Fred out. But they don’t.

Two time Busch Series champion Sam Ard was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson‘s Diseases several years ago. Sam and his wife Jo had to sell off Sam’s trophies, Martinsville clocks, championship rings, and other valuable memorabilia to try to keep up with the staggering medical bills of both Sam’s diseases and Jo’s blindness. The Old Timers Racing Club, through their Medical Hardship Fund, has been holding the Legends Helping Legends Fundraisers to assist drivers like Sam and other racing folks from the glory days of NASCAR. I attend them and was at the one they held for Sam. Racing greats like Rex White, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, and others turned out to sign autographs for the fundraising event. All of those drivers, who like Sam, have no sort of medical help or pension fund to fall back on because of NASCAR’s continued hiding behind the “independent contractors” clause.

Both Mr. Happy and Dale Jr. stepped up and made donations to Sam’s care. Mr. Happy donated a van which was used in one of the Shell commercials he was in. The shocker was when Kyle Busch donated $100,000 to help with Sam’s care. Still, this is only 3 high profile drivers out of a how many? And where is NASCAR and the Frances in all of this? Neither the Frances, NASCAR, nor their “foundation” have donated a penny. There was a fundraiser at Richmond which raised $36,000 to help the Ard family out which had some fancy PR spin put on it to make it appear it was NASCAR making the donations but it wasn’t. For a supposed charity which pulls in untold millions and only donates $9 million to various charities, all of which benefit NASCAR and/or the France family either directly or indirectly, not to donate to former greats like Sam who helped put NASCAR on the map is almost criminal. All it takes is adding one sentence to the charter or rules to make it happen.

And what about all the high profile drivers who were shocked by Busch’s donation? What happened to the one-upmanship that drivers of old use to engage in? Drivers not wanting to be bested by their competitors? We didn’t see any of Busch’s vocal rivals step up and match his donation or try to beat it. Only Mr happy and Dale Jr. stepped up.

And what about Sam’s current condition? This is from a friend of the Ard family:

Sam is now a totally bed-ridden invalid. He is cared for at home by his wife 24/7. His request was and still is not to be placed in a nursing home.

It has been draining physically, emotionally, and financially. They are in desperate need of help at this time.

As you can see, Sam’s condition isn’t improving and the physical, mental, emotional, and financial drain on the family is still there. I know the toll it can take as I’m taking care of someone who was has been suffering with a seizure disorder for over 3 years.

Right now, Jo spends app. $300.00 a month for items which the VA does not provide. She struggles and juggles to make ends meet each month on his social security check. Any help would be appreciated, even gift cards to places like Walmart and grocery stores. There is a hole in her roof which she can't afford to have repaired. She is in need of a cooking stove, washer and dryer as theirs are about shot.

If this isn’t the perfect opportunity for Lowe’s or Home Depot to step up and help them out, I don’t know what is.

And how much did the Frances pay towards Bobby Allison's medical bills from his terrifying crash at Pocono that nearly took his life? Zip. It took Bobby over 20 years to pay those medical bills off. It would've taken the France family one check to pay off Bobby's medical bills. But no, they preferred to hide behind the "independent contractor" clause.

So, here’s what I’d like to see happen. I know the folks from NASCAR are reading this along with some team PR and marketing people. Get off your duffs. Set up a charity to help out drivers and other folks who were in the racing business who need medical assistance or help with their medical bills or their medical care. NASCAR, ISC, and SMI could have a “Sam Ard Day” at one of their tracks and take the ticket money and donate it to help Sam out. Or they could take 10% of their ticket sales for all NASCAR events and donate it to the Racing Legends Medical Hardship Fund since it already exists. You team PR and marketing people, hit your drivers, team owners, and sponsors up for donations and services that they can provide to help these ailing former greats. Home Depot and Lowe’s could donate materials and personnel to help make houses wheelchair accessible or makes repairs that are sorely needed or donate things like washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, or fridges. The Big 3 could donate vans that are configured to transport a wheelchair-bound person. UPS and FedEx could ship medical supplies and medications to these ailing folks for free. Drivers could donate 10% of their race earnings or souvenir sales for the year to help out. If a driver got the testicular fortitude, he could donate his entire race winnings to help out. Team owners could pass the hat in their shops for donations or make their own donations separate from that of the teams and drivers. The ones who own vehicle dealerships could even help out by doing what I suggested the Big 3 do. Or they could modify a vehicle to be donated.

And how about some of you TV network people? How about donating some airtime to promote fundraisers like the Legends Helping Legends Fundraiser events? Or even send a camera crew out there to cover them? Speed’s got the personnel to do it and it’s just up the road in Mooresville. Or blocking off a day and instead of showing those fluff and reality shows that few people watch, how about running a telethon to raise funds? This would be the perfect event to put the Motormouth Brothers to work. Have them shill for the fundraisers like they do for everyone else that owns or sponsors them. You could get some current drivers in there to help out or answer the phones and get some former greats like Buddy Baker, Rex White, Junior Johnson, and others to tell some stories about the good old days of racing and get their opinions on the current state of the sport. Get Wanda Lund on there to talk about some of her recipes and some of her stories about her husband Tiny and some of the other racing greats. It could be a fundraiser and a history lesson in one.

And why should the current day drivers and crewmembers get involved with something like this? Because if it wasn’t for the likes of Sam Ard, Suitcase Jake, Rex White, James Hylton, and others, there wouldn’t be a NASCAR or a job for them. These folks pioneered the way for them to be able to do what they do today. They kept NASCAR from going under when it looked like it was going to fold several times. Think about James Hylton. He got his start as a crewmember on Rex White’s team before he became a racer and was the 1966 ROY. Rex was a pioneer of using jackscrews and using camber to turn the cars. He wasn’t just a racer, he was also a mechanical genius. Rex got his start turning wrenches for Frankie Schneider. Suitcase Jake was probably one of the most famous names in the garage outside of the drivers because of his mechanical and crew chief abilities and for his moving from team to team.

Think about today’s drivers. How many of them have come up through the ranks of being a mechanic first? How many crew chiefs started out working for free on somebody’s car as part of a volunteer crew? Or how about some of the great practical jokes that were played like those done by Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, and Tiny Lund? These are the things which took a regional racing series and turned it into a national brand name. These are the people who worked 2-3 jobs and sacrificed so much to be able to have a racing career. If not for these folks, today’s drivers would still be running in some lower level racing series trying to scrape together a couple of bucks to buy tires, parts, or gasoline to run their next race. Just like these racing pioneers had to do. So maybe it’s time for these big buck, high profile racing folks to remember these former greats and help them out since the sanctioning body that they sacrificed everything for won’t. After all, these drivers, team owners, and crewmembers wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for the likes of Sam Ard, James Hylton, Rex White, Suitcase Jake, Junior Johnson, and others too numerous to name from the history of the sport.

 

CREDIT: MAD MIKIE'S LAID BACK LOUNGE


Veteran NASCAR crew chief David Ingram has been tabbed to crew chief Morgan's Shepherd's #89 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry in 2011, Faith Motorsports announced February 3.

Ingram, who served as crew chief for K-Automotive Racing's #26 program in 2010 has been around the garage for quite a few years. Ingram also worked as a crew chief for McDonald Motorsports' #81 program in 2009.

"David is a young guy but he has a lot of racing experience and most of his experience has come from his working with smaller teams, which is good," Shepherd said. "He has been brought up racing with a small budget and limited crew members so he is one of those crew chiefs who can work on the car and understands that our people have to be able to do more than one thing for us to be successful."

Shepherd said his 2010 crew chief Gary Ravan is still with the Faith Motorsports program and has assumed other duties in the two-car shop which will feature Shepherd's #89 and Brett Rowe's #55 Nationwide entries.

An announcement about who will fill the crew chief role for Rowe's program and other crew assignments will be forthcoming, the team said.

Fans wishing to learn more about Ingram can access an interview done while he was crew chief of the #81 team here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ8JOilvgNY.

 

CREDIT: FAITH MOTORSPORTS PR

Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today a multi-year partnership with world-renowned mixed martial arts (MMA) apparel brand TapouT, an Authentic Brands Group company. TapouT will make its NASCAR debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, 2011 as sponsor of the No. 2 Chevrolet Impala in the Nationwide Series event with driver Elliott Sadler.  KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick will also carry the world renowned black and white logo on the hood of the No. 2 TapouT Chevrolet Silverado in the Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in 2011.

This partnership marks an unprecedented expansion for the TapouT brand, which to date has only sponsored MMA fighters and events. With the rise in popularity of MMA, TapouT is now branching out into new markets and reaching new fans in other sports.

Co-founders of TapouT, Skyskrape and Punkass, believe that NASCAR and MMA fans alike will be excited about the company’s new sponsorship venture.

“I expect NASCAR and MMA fans to be in a bit of shock – in a good way,” said Skyskrape.  “TapouT has never ventured outside of MMA like this, but seeing how the fans love both sports, I think they will be the real winners here. TapouT loves doing things out of the ordinary and we think this is going to be a great partnership.”

Punkass echoed Skyskrape’s sentiments. “There are so many crossover fans that will love to see TapouT breaking ground into other competitive sports.”

Fellow MMA fan and supporter Kevin Harvick is also looking forward to the opportunity to help TapouT expand into this market.

“TapouT has become one of the most well known brands in sports,” said Harvick. “To have the opportunity to become part of the TapouT organization means a lot to not only me, but the KHI racing family. DeLana and I are very excited about this program and look forward to kicking it off in Las Vegas.”  

Elliott Sadler will be exposing the TapouT brand to the NASCAR nation for their first event in Las Vegas.

“TapouT is coming on board with us in the perfect NASCAR market to launch our partnership,” said Sadler.  “When you think of Las Vegas you think of all the historic fights that have been held in that town. I'm a huge fan of mixed martial arts and TapouT apparel. They have some really bold designs that will definitely be appealing to NASCAR fans. We're going to work very hard to get these guys into victory lane in Vegas and work really hard to market the TapouT brand to all of the NASCAR fans.”

The multi-year sponsorship includes co-branded Kevin Harvick and TapouT product launching in Spring 2011.

Credit: Kevin Harvick Inc. PR

Richmond International Raceway officials announced today the Virginia College Savings Plan has renewed its partnership with America’s Premier Short Track. The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race kicks off the Fall NASCAR Doubleheader weekend “under the lights” on Friday night September 9. The Virginia College Savings Plan remains the Official College Savings Plan of the track and presenting sponsor of the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.

“Virginia 529 is pleased to be entering our third year of sponsoring the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway,” said Mary G. Morris, CEO of the Virginia College Savings Plan, “particularly with the family-friendly enhancements at the track this year, which fits with our focus on helping families make higher education a reality.”

“The Virginia College Savings Plan is a great partner for Richmond International Raceway,” said track president Doug Fritz. “We are proud to have them on board again in 2011 and look forward to kicking off the September NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend with the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Additionally, their sponsorship of the Family Sections is a perfect fit.”

The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is part of one of the biggest weekends on the entire NASCAR season schedule. The Fall NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway features two great races “under the lights”—the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 on Friday night, September 9 and the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, September 10.

The season-long Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under and alcohol is prohibited in these sections. For NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, tickets for kids 12 and under start at $25 when accompanied by a paying adult. You must call 866-455-RACE (7223) to purchase children’s tickets in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, highlighted by the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend also features the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 28, when they debut at America’s Premier Short Track for a race “under the lights.” Thursday’s tickets are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223).

 

CREDIT: RIR PR

Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Blackwell AngusÒ Beef will return in 2011 and serve as a primary sponsor for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the No. 6 Nationwide team. Blackwell AngusÒ will be featured on Stenhouse’s Ford Mustang in the season opener at the famed Daytona International Speedway and the car will carry the brand’s paint scheme as its primary for at least eight races this season.

“We are very excited to have Blackwell Angus beef back on the car,” said Stenhouse, who captured last season’s Nationwide Rookie of the Year award. “We will have them on the car starting in Daytona, which is exciting because their first race last year was Daytona and we went out and had one of our strongest outings of the season.

“We understand the value of strong partners and industry leaders and nobody fits that mold better than Blackwell Angus. We fully expect to compete for the Nationwide championship this season and we are looking forward to having those guys on board.”

“I know the crew really enjoys the steaks they send down for the team when they sponsor the car,” added Stenhouse. “And they will be pretty fired up that we’ll be enjoying that quite a few more times in 2011.”

“We found our partnership with Roush Fenway provided a great marketing platform last season,” said Ivan Brown, Blackwell Angus brand manager. “The partnership delivered a unique opportunity to engage consumers at the grocery store-level and has helped drive sales in the meat case for our retail partners. We are excited about the future with Roush Fenway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the No. 6 team.”

Blackwell Angus was the primary sponsor on Stenhouse’s No. 6 Ford four times last season, with the car finishing inside the top 10 on three occasions, including a season-high third-place finish at Daytona in July.

Blackwell Angus beef is quality U.S. Angus beef at an everyday price. It is hand-selected, hand-cut and grain-fed to be consistently juicy and flavorful. Blackwell Angus beef is available at select southern retailer stores, and throughout the United States. Fan Blackwell Angus beef at www.facebook.com/blackwellangusbeef.

 

CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing PR

Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Blackwell AngusÒ Beef will return in 2011 and serve as a primary sponsor for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the No. 6 Nationwide team. Blackwell AngusÒ will be featured on Stenhouse’s Ford Mustang in the season opener at the famed Daytona International Speedway and the car will carry the brand’s paint scheme as its primary for at least eight races this season.

“We are very excited to have Blackwell Angus beef back on the car,” said Stenhouse, who captured last season’s Nationwide Rookie of the Year award. “We will have them on the car starting in Daytona, which is exciting because their first race last year was Daytona and we went out and had one of our strongest outings of the season.


“We understand the value of strong partners and industry leaders and nobody fits that mold better than Blackwell Angus. We fully expect to compete for the Nationwide championship this season and we are looking forward to having those guys on board.”

“I know the crew really enjoys the steaks they send down for the team when they sponsor the car,” added Stenhouse. “And they will be pretty fired up that we’ll be enjoying that quite a few more times in 2011.”


“We found our partnership with Roush Fenway provided a great marketing platform last season,” said Ivan Brown, Blackwell Angus brand manager. “The partnership delivered a unique opportunity to engage consumers at the grocery store-level and has helped drive sales in the meat case for our retail partners. We are excited about the future with Roush Fenway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and the No. 6 team.”


Blackwell Angus was the primary sponsor on Stenhouse’s No. 6 Ford four times last season, with the car finishing inside the top 10 on three occasions, including a season-high third-place finish at Daytona in July.


Blackwell Angus beef is quality U.S. Angus beef at an everyday price. It is hand-selected, hand-cut and grain-fed to be consistently juicy and flavorful. Blackwell Angus beef is available at select southern retailer stores, and throughout the United States. Fan Blackwell Angus beef at www.facebook.com/blackwellangusbeef.

 

CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing PR

 


After helping the No. 22 Dodge team and driver, Brad Keselowski, capture the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has agreed to extend and expand its partnership with Penske Racing this season.

The high-quality, casual-dining restaurant chain’s brand will once again adorn the sides of the No. 22 Dodge Challenger. Ruby Tuesday will serve as primary sponsor for five races in 2011, beginning with the May 6 event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, and co-primary sponsor for four races, beginning with the March 19 race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In addition to its presence in the Nationwide Series, Ruby Tuesday will have prominent placement on the rear deck lid of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, also driven by Keselowski, in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2011.

“I am very excited to represent Ruby Tuesday again in 2011,” said Keselowski. “They were an integral part of our championship season in 2010, and I look forward to winning more races with them in the future. The fact that they have grown their relationship to include the ‘Blue Deuce’ is something in which we take great pride at Penske Racing.”

Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 332 major race wins, 396 pole positions and 23 National Championships.

“Ruby Tuesday is happy to continue our growing relationship with Penske Racing and Brad,” said Mark Young, Ruby Tuesday’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “When people compete and set high standards for performance, everybody wins.  That’s the spirit that drives both our teams.”

 

CREDIT: Penske Racing PR

Travis Pastrana is coming to NASCAR in 2011.

After mining gold medals in the X Games, shattering jump records on both motorcycles and automobiles and starring as a cultural icon for the action sports world, the star of MTV's Nitro Circus is ready to turn his attention to America's most popular form of motorsports -- NASCAR.

Michael Waltrip Racing, Gary and Blake Bechtel and Pastrana announced Thursday the creation of Pastrana-Waltrip Racing that will field cars in the Nationwide Series beginning in 2011.

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will focus on creating programs that expose the action sports world's fans and participants to NASCAR and develop youth marketing initiatives designed to create greater awareness of both sports.

Initial plans are for Pastrana to compete in seven Nationwide races in 2011 and 20 races in 2012.

"I've been following NASCAR closely for years as a fan of the sport with competing in the sport a life-long dream," Pastrana said. "I decided it was time to try and turn that dream into reality and with the help of the Bechtel family, Michael Waltrip Racing and Wasserman Media Group, I'm now one step closer."

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing will field Toyotas out of the Michael Waltrip Racing shop in Cornelius, N.C. Waltrip noted the importance of the youth demographic Pastrana brings to NASCAR.

"Travis has built an enormous and unique following all over the world," Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 champion, said. "As a race team owner, we are always looking for ways to deliver to our partners and engage our fans better. This is an opportunity to showcase our company and our sport to a new generation of young fans. We're also looking for that next big star. Travis already is one and action sports is full of talented athletes. Having Travis as a part of our program adds another great dimension to our team and NASCAR."

Pastrana owns 16 X Games gold medals along with multiple supercross, motocross and rally championships in his career. Pastrana also created the Nitro Circus empire, which includes a television show, live tours and a soon-to-be-released feature film.

 

Credit: MWR PR

Danica Patrick has raced at a number of venues throughout her IndyCar and Nationwide Series career. However, March 19 she will come to face to face with a track like no other when she competes in the Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Patrick, whose foray into NASCAR began last year, will make her first NASCAR short track start on the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. And while she has never experienced anything like BMS before, she says she has heard plenty about it.

“I’ve heard that the atmosphere at Bristol is like no other track in America,” she said.  “Throughout my career, one thing that people tell me over and over is that seeing a race in Bristol is something that every race fan needs to do at least once.

“I can’t wait to compete there – not only will it provide a challenging circuit, but I also have a feeling it will be one of the most electric crowds I’ve ever been able to race in front of. It should be a fantastic show.”

Patrick made 13 Nationwide starts in 2010 with her best finish coming at Homestead where she finished 19th.  When the green flag falls on the Scotts EZ Seed 300, she will become only the fourth woman to compete at the .533-mile oval in a Nationwide Series event.

Patty Moise, Shawna Robinson and Tammy Jo Kirk all came before Patrick, with Moise making the most starts of any female with 14 from 1987-1998. Moise remains the only woman to crack the top 10 in a Nationwide car at BMS with a 10th-place showing in March of 1998. The best finish by a woman in any series at Bristol was Janet Guthrie’s sixth-place showing in the Volunteer 400 Winston Cup event in 1977.

Despite having no experience on a track like BMS, Patrick is excited about tackling the famed half-mile bullring.

“I’m really looking forward to running at Bristol,” she said. “I can’t wait for the challenge. Obviously, it’s a well-known circuit that always has exciting events, so I’ll be looking for a solid run. “

Patrick will compete in the first four races of 2011 for JR Motorsports and could run in as many as 14 events while also running a full IndyCar Series schedule.

“Our stop in Tennessee will be my fourth race of the season and it would be great to finish my early-season Nationwide run on a high note before I move over to begin the IndyCar season in late March,” she said.

Patrick will first take to the track for practice and Ford Fan Friday qualifying March 18. The Scotts EZ Seed 300 follows Saturday afternoon with the Food City 500 March 20.

Tickets for the Food City 500 are available for $93 while tickets for the Scotts EZ Seed 300 start at $45. Ford Fan Friday tickets are only $5 and are just $4 for fans who have tickets to the Food City 500.

A March race weekend package for both the Scotts EZ Seed 300 and the Food City 500 can be purchased for as low as $99.

The 2011 season ticket package also is available and consists of both the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup (Aug. 27) events and the Scotts EZ Seed 300 and Food City 250 (Aug. 26) Nationwide races. Also included are lower-priced options to add Pole Day (March 18) and the O’Reilly 200 Camping World Truck Series/UNOH Perfect Storm 150 Whelen Modified Series races (Aug. 24).

The Wallace Tower package is the lowest priced season ticket at BMS in 2011. The cost for the package is only $185 and includes special food and beverage discounts for season ticketholders.

To order tickets, please visit www.bristoltix.com or call the BMS ticket office toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL (274-7865).

 

Credit: BMS PR

Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of racing legend, Mark Martin, to its 2011 driver line-up. Martin will pilot the No. 32 Dollar General Impala in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway with crew chief, Trent Owens, calling the shots. He will also drive the No. 32 Silverado in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

“I’m excited to be running back in the Nationwide and Truck Series again,” said Martin. “Everyone at Dollar General and Turner Motorsports has been great and I’m looking forward to hitting the track with them next year. Working with Turner [Motorsports], I get to extend my relationship with Chevrolet and continue to have Hendrick horsepower under the hood which is really, really good.”

Martin brings unparalleled experience to Turner Motorsports. With a NASCAR career spanning 30 years, he has 40 wins in 794 Sprint Cup Series starts, holds the all-time Nationwide Series records for most wins (48) and most pole positions (30), and seven wins in 23 NCWTS starts. In 2006, motorsports media members acknowledged his accomplishments by naming him the greatest Nationwide Series driver of all-time. Martin continues to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports machine

“The races we picked for both series are personal favorites of mine. I’d love to win another truck race, and I’ve got to get back to Victory Lane in the Dollar General car so I can keep Kyle [Busch] from breaking my Nationwide Series record,” Martin joked.

Martin has experienced tremendous success at the tracks at which he will compete for Turner Motorsports. In five Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martin has three wins, four top-fives, five top-10s and two pole awards to his credit. In only two Nationwide starts at Auto Club Speedway, he has earned one win and a third-place finish. At Michigan International Speedway, he has two wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes and one pole position in his 11 starts. Martin will make his Nationwide Series debut when the team travels to Kentucky Speedway in July.

Team owner, Steve Turner, is very pleased with the experience that Martin brings with him and has high expectations for his organization in 2011.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Mark Martin to our stable of drivers,” commented Turner. “Mark [Martin] shares my same passion for helping groom young talent and has expressed interest in helping us get our young drivers to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. I can’t think of a better mentor than Mark Martin. Everyone at Turner Motorsports knows the value and experience he brings to our organization and we are all delighted to have him join our team. We look forward to getting Mark [Martin] and Dollar General into the winners circle in 2011.”

 

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Credit Turner Motorsports PR

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