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TMI and TriStar Motorsports announced today that it has partnered with Waverly Property Group, for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona’s #1 independent real-estate company, with a focus on waterfront properties, will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut ™ Impala of Eric McClure beginning with the season-opening Drive4COPD 300.  This marks the fourth consecutive year of motorsports sponsorship for WPG and first with TriStar Motorsports.

“It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to continue representing Waverly Property Group for the fourth consecutive year,” said McClure.  “Waverly (Property Group) is a first-class company with great people and top-notch properties for sale and rent. Headquartered locally in the Daytona area, Waverly will have several guests at the race, so for them to choose to join the TriStar organization for their home events this year is exciting,” stated McClure.


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TMI and TriStar Motorsports announced today that it has partnered with Floridian View Magazine and its parent company Vanguard OmniMedia Group, for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Daytona International Speedway.

Through its flagship publication, Floridian View Magazine, the Vanguard OmniMedia Group will make its motorsports sponsorship debut when it serves as a co-primary sponsor on the No. 19 Impala, which will be driven by Mike Bliss, as well as being represented as an associate sponsor on the No. 44 Impala driven by former NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Jeff Green.

Headquartered in the Daytona area, Floridian View and Vanguard OmniMedia Group is the only local media company to be represented on the track during Speedweeks 2011 and is proud to support the economic engine that is motorsports in Volusia County.

“It’s an honor for us to have the opportunity with this dynamic new media company as a sponsor,” said driver Mike Bliss.  “Floridian View is a first-class publication and we are proud to have them join us at TriStar as a co-primary sponsor in support of me and my teammates,” stated Bliss.


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Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) announced today the continuation of its partnership with Ollie's Bargain Outlet, one of America's largest retailers of closeouts, surplus and salvage merchandise. Ollie's made its debut with KHI last season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event in May at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

"We are really excited to continue our partnership with Ollie's," said KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick. "Last year, Ollie's built strong relationships with us and our track partners, allowing them to reach out to NASCAR fans at the tracks and in Ollie's stores. We are always thrilled when a partner sees such value in the racing program and plays a part in what makes it so unique. We look forward to another successful season with Ollie's as a great partner and supporter."

"We couldn't be happier to continue our relationship with the KHI family," said Ollie's President and CEO Mark Butler. "As a long time racing fan, I am proud to have a partnership with such an upstanding and leading organization. Our partnership with KHI has yielded dividends for us with our customers as well as with business-to-business opportunities, and it has also fostered a deeper appreciation of the sport within the Ollie's family."

Ollie's signature yellow, black and red will adorn the No. 2 KHI Chevrolet in two Truck Series events this season. Elliott Sadler will pilot the entry at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 20 and Harvick will be behind the wheel at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on August 6.





Cargill’s Blackwell Angus® beef brand expanded
its sponsorship of Roush Fenway’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team with
an eight-race commitment as the primary sponsor of the No. 6 Ford
Mustang driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Blackwell Angus beef sponsored the
team for four races during the 2010 racing season.
Stenhouse, a 23-year-old native of Olive Branch, Mississippi,
was the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, competing in
32 of 35 races and capturing three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
“Stock-car racing fans comprise a terrific consumer audience
for Blackwell Angus beef,” stated Ivan Brown, Angus programs brand
manager. “They are brand loyal to team sponsors, and anyone who has
been to a race knows they do a lot of grilling and enjoy good beef.
We’re bringing together one of the most popular sports in America
and providing a powerful beef brand proposition to retailers, consumers
and the stock-car-racing community. We’re eagerly looking forward to
the start of the season and the first command of ‘Drivers, start your
Leveraging the power of stock-car racing, Blackwell Angus beef
is also providing select retail markets with the opportunity for
in-store autograph-signing sessions with Stenhouse during the race
season. Additionally, retail partners will have access to promotional
giveaway items including 1/64th-scale die-cast cars, shirts and hats,
and point-of-sale kits, all adorned with Blackwell Angus beef Racing
artwork designed to increase sales at the meat case. Artwork will
feature Roush Fenway Racing, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 6 Ford
“At the end of a race weekend, I enjoy spending time with
family and friends gathered around the table for a steak dinner, which
is one reason we’re excited to have Blackwell Angus beef as part of
our pit crew again,” said Stenhouse. “Our team appreciates their
continued support, and with their help, we anticipate an even better
season than 2010 and look forward to driving the Blackwell Angus Ford
Mustang onto victory lane.”
The Blackwell Angus beef sponsorship begins with the season’s
first race in Daytona, February 19. A complete list of
Blackwell-Angus-beef-sponsored 2011 races can be found at Blackwell Angus beef is one of
the sport’s first fresh beef sponsors.



Veteran Nationwide Series garage man Morris Van Vleet will serve as crew chief of Brett Rowe’s #55 Faith Motorsports entry in 2011, the team announced February 11.

Van Vleet spent 2010 as crew chief for two different Nationwide Series programs, as well as some time atop the pit box in the Camping World Truck Series.

Van Vleet and Rowe worked together at Daytona and Nashville last season while both were with former Nationwide team Herd Racing.
“Morris and I work well together and have gotten to know each other pretty well the past couple of years,” Rowe said.  “I couldn’t ask for a person more dedicated to what they do than Morris.”

It will be Van Vleet’s second tour with Faith Motorsports.  He served as Morgan Shepherd’s crew chief on the #89 team in 2009.

Imperial Bedding Company, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected mattress makers, will serve as the primary sponsor of Brett Rowe’s #55 Nationwide Series entry at Daytona, Faith Motorsports announced February 11.

The Huntington, WV-based company’s name will appear on the upper rear quarter panels of Rowe’s red and gold Racing With Jesus stock car.

The car will be a teammate and sport a similar paint scheme to Morgan Shepherd’s #89 car which will carry signage for The Salvation Army at Daytona.

To learn more about Imperial Bedding you can log on to or to learn more about The Salvation Army you can find the charity online at


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Brown Services LLC, a partner to Medcor, Inc. in McHenry, Illinois has joined the #89 Morgan Shepherd race team effort to maximize exposure and visibility for The Salvation Army at Daytona and beyond, Faith Motorsports announced February 11.

Brown Services LLC is HUB Zone and Ohio EDGE-certified company focused on safety services for work sites with specially trained professionals implementing safety programs to ensure a safe work environment.  The company will be an associate partner of the #89 team at Daytona and in future races in 2011 with financial support to promote the message of The Salvation Army.

President and CEO Jeff Brown is a strong supporter of The Salvation Army and it’s history of helping people who are less fortunate.
"This is not about Brown Services," says Brown. "If I can help make an impact on lives less fortunate through Morgan and his team it's all worth it. I think this is a great thing he is doing and I strongly support his efforts and have supported The Salvation Army for years. They're a great Christian organization."

To learn more about Morgan Shepherd and The Salvation Army go to or .

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MacDonald Motorsports has hired Donnie Neuenberger to drive the No. 81 Eagle Convenience Stores Dodge Challenger in ten races for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season.  The first race for Donnie and the No. 81 team will be February 19th at Daytona in the DRIVE4COPD 300.  Donnie is slated to run ten total races for MacDonald Motorsports with the possible addition of more.

Donnie Neuenberger is an 18 year veteran racing in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World truck series. His record includes top 10 and top 20 finishes in both series. Donnie is also a frequent talent on Comcast SportsNet, weekly AM / FM radio show updates, and his own radio show “Behind the Wheel with Donnie Neuenberger”.
MacDonald Motorsports would also like to announce the hiring of Bobby Burrell as the crew chief for the No. 81 Dodge Challenger.  Bobby has a long history in NASCAR spanning back to 1995 when he started with the WOOD Brothers fresh off getting his engineering degree from Syracuse University.  Since then Bobby could be found working at a multitude of teams including DEI, Yates, Ganassi, Robby Gordon, Haas CNC, Kevin Harvick Inc., Mayfield Motorsports, and Key Motorsports.  His duties have been everything from tire changing, team engineer, car chief, and his current role, crew chief.
In 2001, Bobby was pinned against the pit wall by Ward Burton’s car in a pit road accident.  After the accident he had to regain his strength, balance, and hand-eye coordination.  This accident resulted in a NASCAR rule change requiring all pit crew members to wear helmets.  Although many still remember him for that incident, Bobby would like to be remembered for his successes.  Bobby won the 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the driver and is also a two-time winner of the NASCAR Pit Crew Competition.  He would like to continue that success this year for MacDonald Motorsports in his first ever stint as a crew chief.
Eagle Convenience Stores joins Donnie and MacDonald Motorsports as primary sponsor for the ten committed races. Eagle Convenience Stores are an Alabama based convenience store chain located from Opelika to Talladega Superspeedway, mainly in the central Alabama area. The mom and pop stores are owned and operated by Darryl Saucier.
In 2010, MacDonald Motorsports went the entire season with Michael McDowell behind the wheel of the No. 81 Dodge.  The team registered 10 top-20 finishes with a best finish of 10th at Watkins Glen in August.  At Road America the team qualified 5th and ran in the top-five all day long before motor problems just a few laps from the finish.  At season’s end, MacDonald Motorsports was 31st in the Owner’s Standings, just one spot out of being locked in to the first five races of 2011.
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Danica Patrick, the 28-year-old racer who transitioned into NASCAR Nationwide Series competition last year with JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet, has finalized her 2011 Nationwide Series plans.  JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt, on behalf of the team and primary sponsor, announced those plans today.

Patrick’s tour will closely resemble her rookie campaign in that she will compete in a cluster of races on the front and back ends of the Nationwide Series schedule. She will appear in select races during the middle parts of the year while competing full time in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Patrick’s 2011 NASCAR plans feature 12 races across 10 NASCAR markets. Four of those markets will host Patrick for the first time in a stock car.
As announced last October, Patrick will compete in the first four Nationwide Series races – Daytona International Speedway (Feb. 19), Phoenix International Raceway (Feb. 26), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 5) and Bristol Motor Speedway (March 19).
Patrick will continue with races at Chicagoland Speedway (June 4), Daytona International Speedway (July 1), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Aug. 20), Richmond International Speedway (Sept. 9), and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 8). She will conclude her second NASCAR season with the final three races on the Nationwide Series schedule -- Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 5), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19).
“This is going to be an exciting year in the No. 7 Chevrolet,” said Patrick, who scored a career-best fifth-place start and 19th-place finish in the 2010 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I have a much different perspective heading into this season. I know a little more of what to expect, and I’m not as out of my element. I’ve had a year to work with my team, and there is a comfort level that comes with returning to some of these tracks. It’s obvious experience goes a long way in this sport. Thanks to everyone at Go Daddy and JR Motorsports that have been incredibly supportive throughout this process.”
Race tracks that were not on Patrick’s 2010 schedule but among her 2011 plans are Bristol, Richmond, Kansas and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Patrick has raced at Richmond and Kansas in the IZOD IndyCar Series. sponsors Patrick in both open-wheel and stock car racing.

"Danica is smart, she's beautiful and she's successfully competing in a male-dominated sport,” said Bob Parsons, the company’s CEO and founder. “To jump into a stock car and take on veteran NASCAR drivers is a testament to Danica's grit - our Go Daddy Girl is an undeniable inspiration for anyone who dreams big!", the world’s largest Web hosting provider and top domain name registrar, will serve as primary sponsor for 11 of the 12 races with Patrick on the No. 7 Chevrolet. This season marks Patrick’s fifth year as a Go Daddy Girl for the Internet powerhouse. For more information on Patrick and Go Daddy racing, visit
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Danica Patrick’s 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule
Daytona International Speedway
Phoenix International Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Richmond International Raceway
Kansas Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway

Sixty-nine-year-old NASCAR veteran Morgan Shepherd will be sporting new colors and the most highly recognizable charitable organization in the world at the upcoming Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, February 19th.

Shepherd has partnered with The Salvation Army and donated the hood of his #89 Nationwide Series race car at Daytona to assist the organization on a national level during difficult economic times.

"This is a real honor to represent The Salvation Army," says Shepherd. "The economy is tough right now. We're a small race team without a major sponsor and it's extremely difficult, but at least we have food, clothing, and a roof over our head. There are millions in our country right now who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their spirit. The demand is very high and we thought we could take our ministry on wheels to a higher level and assist The Salvation Army when they need it the most. I've been blessed in so many ways over my career and this is a way of giving back in honor of our fans and supporters. We'll do the best we can to promote The Salvation Army and educate people on what The Salvation Army really does to assist the poor and the hungry.”

“We don't have much,” says Shepherd, “but what we have, we can donate to The Salvation Army.”

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. The Salvation Army food service programs report more people are seeking food assistance, while donations have decreased in the past year. Shepherd will carry the highly recognizable ‘Red Shield’ and The Salvation Army brand promise ‘Doing The Most Good’ on the hood of his #89 Nationwide Series race car. The Salvation Army will also be a primary part of the race team’s website throughout the year and an associate partner with the car at no charge to them. To learn more about The Salvation Army go to or contact your local Salvation Army. To read more on the partnership with Morgan Shepherd and The Salvation Army go to

About The Salvation Army:  The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.


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Rusty Wallace Racing driver Michael Annett was arrested Sunday morning between 1:30 and 2am when Mooresville Police responded to an accident call in which a car that Annett was driving, and noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car. When tested according to the police report Annett, 24 blood alcohol content was .32 over four times the legal limit of .08, upon testing Annett was arrested for texting while driving, failure to reduce speed, and driving while intoxicated.


Statement from Rusty Wallace Racing


Rusty Wallace Racing is aware of a traffic incident over the weekend involving Michael Annett, driver of our team's No. 62 car.  We have been in contact with both the authorities and NASCAR and are finishing our internal investigation into the facts.

Rusty Wallace Racing does not condone, nor tolerate, substance abuse by any of its employees.  In line with this, RWR is currently working with Michael to develop a package of sanctions which will address this issue.  Among these will be successful completion of a comprehensive alcohol awareness program, a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol use, a year-long community service program and additional internal sanctions.

Stated Annett, "I am deeply remorseful for my actions and my extreme lack of judgment.  I let down my team, my sponsors, my fans and my family; I sincerely apologize to everyone that I hurt.  This was truly a life-changing moment for me.  Despite all of the negativity that will undoubtedly arise from it, I'm going to strive to use this incident as the impetus to make a lot of positive changes in my life."



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



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