Matt Tifft Returns to Martinsville Speedway with Special Message Honoring West Africa’s “Ebola Fighters”

Matt Tifft returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Saturday, March 28th in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway (VA).

Tifft, a Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, will pilot the Venturini Motorsports (VMS) prepared No.25 Clinical Research Management (ClinicalRM) Toyota Tundra and carry a special message honoring a vast group of partners who’ve collaborated with ClinicalRM and their recent global efforts fighting the Ebola Virus epidemic.

"This is a great opportunity for us to thank the all the men and women working with Clinical Research Management and highlight their fight against Ebola. Although it may not be as prevalent in the media today as it was a couple months back, it still remains a dangerous disease in so many parts of the world and my sponsor and their partners are doing everything to fight back and bring potential treatments to those in desperate need," commented Tifft.

Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville marks the first NCWTS event since the season opener in Daytona– it’s also the site of Tifft’s 2014 series debut and career best 8th place finish.

“It’s pretty easy to lose your cool at Martinsville,” said Tifft. “Its tight racing and not very uncommon to see drivers get ticked-off. It’s a lot like bumper cars at times – the key to success here is being smart and finessing the truck around the track and being aware of your surroundings. As a kid it was always my favorite track to watch and now it’s one of my favorite tracks to race.”

ClinicalRM has been part of a large effort in West Africa to fight the Ebola Virus epidemic. Although currently on the decline, the Ebola virus disease remains a concern and is a serious, life-threatening disease with a high rate of fatality. Many partners continue to make this a priority to proactively halt the potential for new outbreaks in other countries.

In partnership with ClinicalRM, Tifft’s truck design will honor and include the following groups whose efforts assisted in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus:

• SIM (Serving In Mission): An international mission organization that provided hospitals and staff for Ebola effort in Africa
• Matthews Specialty Vehicles, Inc.: Donated labor to convert mobile donation units for work in Africa
• The Greenbaum Foundation: Donated one of the mobile donation units for work in Africa
• Cerus Corporation: Donated plasmapheresis equipment and training
• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Provided faculty for efforts in Africa
• Duke University: Provided faculty for efforts in Africa

Tifft, also a University of North Carolina at Charlotte freshman, will make his fourth career NCWTS start and second consecutive effort with VMS. After qualifying 16th at Daytona, Tifft settled for a disappointing 19th place finish after getting caught up in a mid-race incident which knocked him out of competition early.

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