Alli Owens, with a little help from her friends, is looking to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this February at her home track, the Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. Owens, who lost primary sponsorship at the end of the 2010 season, has asked local companies and her friends, via Facebook and Twitter, to help raise the $35,000 needed to compete in the event. Owens currently has a commitment from one team owner to race if the funds can be collected.
Owens has also dedicated her website to her fans to help donate and show them what they will receive in return for different levels of sponsorship. So far, Owens has collected over $3,000, and has even taken $1,000 from her own wedding fund to help her race. Owens plans to get married this spring in victory lane at the Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm just really grateful for all my fans right now," said Owens. "We have some support from some local businesses, but we need to raise a little bit more to make this happen. My fans have been such great supporters of mine throughout my career that we decided to reach out to them and communicate with them every day using Facebook and Twitter. It's been great. Every day, almost every hour I can update everyone on our progress. It's been a great tool and something the fans have been excited about.
Owens has three top-10 finishes in the ARCA Series and started on the outside pole at Daytona in the series in 2009. She's looking to make her first NASCAR start in Daytona, no matter at what cost, including dipping into her wedding fund.
"Yeah, maybe our honeymoon will be cut a bit short," said Owens. "But, my husband-to-be has been very supportive of my efforts. He knows how much this means to me to race at Daytona and make my first NASCAR start."
Fans who are interested in helping Owens reach her goal may log onto www.alliowens.com where they can donate via paypal.
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