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Following its historic victory at the 2011 Daytona 500 – the company’s 600th win in NASCAR Sprint Cup – and an extraordinary run of business-to-business deals totaling more than $200 million in vehicle sales to NASCAR partners in 2010 alone, Ford Motor Company was honored with the 2010 NASCAR Driving Business Award today at the first NASCAR Fuel for Business Council Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.


Ford Motor Company, which has been racing in NASCAR since 1949, has been a proud member of the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council since 2007. The NASCAR Fuel for Business Council is a proprietary platform exclusive to NASCAR’s Official Partners that fosters business-to-business (B2B) development, maximizes resource efficiencies and strengthens the community between NASCAR’s top Partners. Since becoming part of the NASCAR B2B Council, Ford has sold 20,000 vehicles to NASCAR official partners


“Ford Motor Company is woven into the fabric of NASCAR, and we are proud to acknowledge our long-standing partner’s tremendous business-to-business success in our sport,” said Norris Scott, Managing Director, Partnership Marketing & Business Solutions of NASCAR. “Ford continues to demonstrate leadership, results and is a very active member of the Fuel for Business Council. They work with all of NASCAR’s Official Partners to sell thousands of Ford vehicles as well as create and implement fan sweepstakes and co-marketing platforms.”


In 2010 Ford entered into numerous business-to-business and marketing platforms with NASCAR’s top Official Partners that started in the Fuel for Business Council meetings and ended with highly visible and successful partnerships. Most notable is Ford’s efforts to sell vehicles to other NASCAR Fuel for Business members through their Partner Recognition Program, as well as fleet sales. Through these efforts in 2010, Ford generated more than $200 million in vehicle sales.


“The ‘Driving Business Award’ is a testament to the hard work and dedication Tim Duerr, our Motorsports Marketing Manager, has for the Fuel for Business Council,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “With the full support of Ford Brand Marketing, and our dealers, we are able to fully leverage the network of Official Partners in NASCAR. The co-marketing, promotions and B2B opportunities created through the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council continue to exceed our expectations, and we are pleased and honored to be recognized for these achievements.”


Through its Official Partnership with NASCAR, Ford created a number of “Driving Business” successes in 2010 such as:


  • Ford sold over 5,000 Partner Recognition Program vehicles through the Fuel for Business Council during the 2010 racing season. Since joining the Council in 2007, more than 20,000 Partner Recognition Program retail vehicles have been sold directly to Official Partners’ employees on the council. In addition, Ford nurtures Fleet relationships with our Official Partners resulting in thousands of additional units per year
  • Office Depot and Ford conjointly created a network where Ford dealerships now purchase office supplies through Ford’s corporate purchasing network with Office Depot. As part of the partnership Office Depot associates receive Ford Partner Recognition discounts on new vehicles.
  • Formed a DRIVE4COPD partnership that included COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) screening made available to more than 3,000 Ford employees in addition to delivering the important DRIVE4COPD screening message to 300,000 Ford Racing fans.
  • In a partnership with 3M, Ford supported two fan sweepstakes in 2010 that generated 200,000+ registrations. For 3M’s promotion, Ford provided brand new 2011 Ford Fiestas as the grand prizes.
  • Partnered in Goodyear’s “Support Our Troops” national campaign to give back to the men and women of the US Armed Forces, awarding a new 2011 Ford Taurus to one lucky
  • Supported Sunoco in their “Decal Race” sweepstakes by providing a 2011 Ford Explorer as the grand prize
  • Implemented partnerships with Bank of America, Goodyear, DuPont and Sunoco that sold more than 1,300 Ford vehicles in 2010 alone.

The prestigious “Driving Business Award” recognizes a NASCAR Official Partner who has driven business and results through their NASCAR Official Partnership on the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council. To be considered for the award, Fuel for Business Council members must provide quantifiable results in both selling and purchasing with other members of the council as well as deliver demonstrated success in co-marketing promotions within the council.

 

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Roush Fenway Racing and Valvoline, two organizations with long histories of excellence in automotive performance, announced an extension of their NASCAR partnership. Valvoline, the leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products, will continue to be the exclusive motor oil provider for Roush Fenway Racing and all of its NASCAR entries.

“Engine performance is certainly critical for our race teams, but it’s also something that’s a personal interest of engine builder Doug Yates and me,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Valvoline has a long track record of providing the stability we need to get our teams and drivers into the winner’s circle, which is our primary focus. Our history with Valvoline is one of the richest in the sport and they have been an integral part of our success for a number of years. As an engine guy myself, I certainly understand the importance of lubricants with what we do, and we are certainly happy that they will continue to serve us in that capacity.


“We have high expectations for the remaining races. I am personally pleased that Valvoline is going to be a part of what we feel is going to be a solid run at championships in both NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide competition,” said Roush.

"Valvoline is excited to continue our long relationship with Roush Fenway Racing. The combination of their winning culture, great drivers, and Jack's own competitive edge makes them a natural fit for the Valvoline brand,” said Rob Clendening, manager, Global Brands, Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline).


Valvoline and Roush Fenway Racing are used to finding victory lane in NASCAR competition. In 14 seasons as the team’s official motor oil, Valvoline has played an integral role in 46 Roush Fenway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories. In 2011, the relationship continues into its 15th season, with Valvoline supporting Roush Fenway drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the official motor oil of Roush Fenway Racing.

 

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Motorsports industry veteran Tish
Sheets has been named national managing director of Speedway Children's
Charities.


As national managing director, Sheets will work closely with a
multitude of diverse partners to advance Speedway Children's Charities'
efforts to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical
need. Sheets will lead the organization's fundraising and marketing efforts
and will also raise awareness of Speedway Children's Charities and its seven
chapters in the national motorsports community.


"As the needs of children across the country grow, our goal with
Speedway Children's Charities is to continue to grow as well," said Bruton
Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and
founder of Speedway Children's Charities.


"Tish Sheets will be the perfect addition to lead our growth
initiatives in fundraising and from a national marketing perspective. She's
got the management experience and drive to take us to new levels, while
maintaining our goals of helping children in local communities," Smith
added.


"We need more exposure and more donations in order to help more
children, and that's where Tish's leadership will benefit us greatly."
While Sheets will be a visible part of Speedway Children's Charities
at Speedway Motorsports Inc. facilities nationwide, her home office will be
at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She will begin her new duties March 3. Sheets
will work closely with Major General Tom Sadler, retired U.S. Air Force, who
has led Speedway Children's Charities nationally since 1990 and continues to
serve as executive director and on the organization's Board of Officers.


Previous to joining Speedway Children's Charities, Sheets served as
director of diversity and special projects for NASCAR for nearly a decade.
In that role she developed and managed NASCAR's diversity initiative to
become a nationally recognized and award-winning effort. Sheets created
NASCAR's National Jobs program in partnership with the U.S. Departments of
Labor and Education, a resolution that was unanimously passed by Congress.
Sheets also developed NASCAR's Executive Steering Committee for
Diversity, which worked to promote diversity at all levels of the sport. The
Committee included top-level executives from Fortune 500 companies that
represent all aspects of corporate America including Earvin "Magic" Johnson
and representatives from The Coca-Cola Co., Turner Broadcasting, Eastman
Kodak Co., Sprint Nextel Corp. and the private sector.


Sheets most recently served as director of business affairs at IMG
Worldwide.


"I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization like
Speedway Children's Charities, whose work has changed the lives of children
for the better for decades," said Sheets. "It will be a privilege to work
with General Sadler and better understand the history of Speedway Children's
Charities so we may further develop and grow the organization for a
prosperous future."

 

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Fremont, Ohio, native Ali Kern is preparing to make her biggest step in her young motorsports career in 2011. Kern announced today her plans to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the Whelen All-American Series in an asphalt late model. She also plans to race in the Late Model Bounty Series throughout Ohio. The young female driver, already known for being the youngest female to compete in a K&N Pro East Series event, will be driving for her family-owned and operated Ali Kern Motorsports team. Heading into the season, Kern is the only female driver committed to racing in the Pro Series East this year and hopes to continue the trend of successful female racers.


"We are going to concentrate on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the Whelen All-American Series moving forward," said Kern. "I feel that this is the next, and best, step in my career. We've purchased an additional car for the East Series races and also purchased an asphalt late model to race in the All-American Series.


"Both of these series has proved to be a great training ground for young drivers moving up the ranks of NASCAR," continued Kern. "The more experience I can get with the cars, tracks and competition, the better I'll be prepared for achieving my goals. I think we've seen a lot of progression with female drivers over the past several seasons and I just want to continue that momentum and keep moving forward."


Kern, 17, is not old enough to compete in a NASCAR national touring series, but NASCAR's regional series has been a successful training ground for Nationwide and Sprint Cup drivers such as Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Truex, Joey Logano and more before their 18th birthdays. Teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Red Bull Racing and others have used the series to progress young drivers. Kern, who made one start in the series last season, is hoping that success this season will attract attention.


"It seems that if you can run well in this series that people start noticing you a little bit more," said Kern. "That is something I'd love to have happen, but I'm just focused on getting more seat time in the cars and proving myself throughout the season."


Kern will be making the move to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after spending her entire youth piloting a race machine. Starting in quad motocross, Kern moved to karting and later the USA Modified Series racing throughout Ohio, Indiana and Michigan where she won Rookie-of-The-Year honors. She has numerous wins and championships in all divisions she has participated. Kern has also twice been invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine.


The team is currently in discussions with several sponsors to determine the amount of events she will enter, but has committed to race in select events including the event in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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2011 PASS South Series competition heats up with the introduction of Hamke Race Cars as an associate sponsor for the PASS South Series.

Hamke Race Cars of Mooresville, North Carolina will award a bare Super Late Model standard chassis to the 2011 PASS South Series Champion.

Robert Hamke has been a force within short track racing through about every aspect of competition for years and stands as one of  the most respected chassis buildesr in the country. “We are honored to have Robert’s support for the series and it’s racers” stated series president Tom Mayberry.

Hamke race cars track record stands as the winning-est chassis builder in PASS South competition since the series inception.  Collectively, Hamke race cars have earned more Championships and Rookie of the Year awards than all other competing chassis builders combined.

In 2010 Hamke race cars scored 10 wins in 13 events, taking home both PASS South and National Championships with driver Preston Peltier . Series runner-up Ryan Blaney powered to 3 wins through his successful season. 2010 PASS South Rookie of the Year Andy Loden  scored 3 wins, set fast time at 7 events and came home third in the point standings.

Robert’s presence at the track throughout the season  bodes well for the teams that have chosen his chassis. If he’s not turning wrenches on his own cars he’s lending  his knowledge to those who race his “Hot Rods”. 2011 is poised to be another successful season for Hamke Race Cars with the return of last season’s most successful campaigners and the addition of many new teams aboard Hamke built machines. His passion for the sport shines through in his dedication and drive for success.

To be eligible for the season ending award, the championship  winning team must run  all proper PASS  contingency award stickers in their designated locations at all point awarding events on  the 2011 PASS South Series schedule. In the event the championship team fails to meet these requirements the  chassis will be awarded to the next eligible team in the final PASS South point standings that has fulfilled the requirements.

Hamke Race Cars & Parts of 307 Performance Road Mooresville North Carolina is an industry leader of Short track chassis construction and technology for Super Late Model racing as well as  many other racing  applications.

 

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POS

Driver

Points

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Money Won

1

CARL EDWARDS

42

1

0

1

1

$1,155,142

2

DAVID GILLILAND

41

1

0

1

1

842,909

3

BOBBY LABONTE

41

1

0

1

1

716,321

4

KURT BUSCH

40

1

0

1

1

833,302

5

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

39

1

0

0

1

494,159

6

REGAN SMITH

38

1

0

0

1

463,221

7

KYLE BUSCH

37

1

0

0

1

453,517

8

PAUL MENARD

36

1

0

0

1

358,101

9

MARK MARTIN

34

1

0

0

1

373,826

10

A J ALLMENDINGER

34

1

0

0

0

364,612

11

BILL ELLIOTT

32

1

0

0

0

337,209

12

TONY STEWART

31

1

0

0

0

394,959

13

DAVID RAGAN

31

1

0

0

0

375,076

14

TERRY LABONTE

30

1

0

0

0

359,201

15

ROBBY GORDON

29

1

0

0

0

324,434

16

CLINT BOWYER

28

1

0

0

0

422,409

17

JAMIE MCMURRAY

27

1

0

0

0

443,665

18

MARTIN TRUEX JR.

26

1

0

0

0

367,151

19

DENNY HAMLIN

24

1

0

0

0

389,651

20

RYAN NEWMAN

24

1

0

0

0

401,101

21

JOEY LOGANO

21

1

0

0

0

343,701

22

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

21

1

0

0

0

401,476

23

KASEY KAHNE

19

1

0

0

0

342,776

24

DAVE BLANEY

19

1

0

0

0

314,373

25

JIMMIE JOHNSON

17

1

0

0

0

400,637

26

JEFF GORDON

17

1

0

0

0

385,562

27

BRAD KESELOWSKI

16

1

0

0

0

312,851

28

DAVID REUTIMANN

14

1

0

0

0

330,134

29

BRIAN VICKERS

13

1

0

0

0

325,840

30

ANDY LALLY

11

1

0

0

0

307,676

31

MATT KENSETH

10

1

0

0

0

383,062

32

GREG BIFFLE

9

1

0

0

0

359,601

33

JEFF BURTON

9

1

0

0

0

408,377

34

MARCOS AMBROSE

7

1

0

0

0

325,417

35

MICHAEL WALTRIP

4

1

0

0

0

351,401

36

BRIAN KESELOWSKI

3

1

0

0

0

303,376

37

KEVIN HARVICK

3

1

0

0

0

408,237

38

J J YELEY

1

1

0

0

0

293,538

39

TREVOR BAYNE

0

1

1

1

1

1,488,726

40

STEVE WALLACE

0

1

0

0

0

316,451

41

TRAVIS KVAPIL

0

1

0

0

0

300,226

42

ROBERT RICHARDSON JR.

0

1

0

0

0

295,326

43

JOE NEMECHEK

0

1

0

0

0

294,676

44

KEVIN CONWAY

0

0

0

0

0

43,513

45

MICHAEL MCDOWELL

0

0

0

0

0

24,763

46

DERRIKE COPE

0

0

0

0

0

59,138

47

CASEY MEARS

0

0

0

0

0

24,738

48

TODD BODINE

0

0

0

0

0

24,838


NASCAR Statictical Service

Be part of the legend.

To help celebrate Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary in 2011 and Jimmie Johnson’s five consecutive Sprint Cup championships, race fans can enter to “Win a Legend. Then Meet One Too” by registering to win a Camaro SS and meet Johnson at the track at www.winyourchevy.com now through March 31, 2011.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a 2011 Camaro SS, and trip to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 in July and a meeting with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

“This is a ‘legendary’ opportunity for the fans,” said Terry Dolan, Manager, Chevy Racing. “Team Chevy is proud to partner with Hendrick Motorsports, Sprint, Quaker State and Daytona International Speedway to help celebrate Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary and Jimmie Johnson’s five consecutive championships by offering fans the chance to win a 2011 Chevy Camaro SS and an opportunity to meet a legendary racer at a legendary track."

No purchase is necessary. See official rules at www.winyourchevy.com.

 

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You love NASCAR, and everyone loves money. So, Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz is combining the two and giving you the chance to win $100,000. Every week of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, race fans will have the chance to win some serious cash with the $100K Top 10 For the Win contest. Fans are invited to submit their weekly predictions for the top 10 finishing order of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2011 season. If a fan predicts the top 10 in exact order, he or she wins $100,000!

The contest, which is featured at www.rir.com/contest, opens the Tuesday (9:00 a.m. ET) preceding that weekend’s race, with entries accepted until Friday (noon ET). A maximum of 5,000 entries will be accepted each week. If no contestant correctly picks the exact top 10 finishing order of a race, no cash prize will be awarded.

Fans are encouraged to return every week to enter the contest for a chance at the $100,000 prize. Weekly prizes will be awarded to the fan who picks the race’s winning driver and is closest to predicting the number of laps led by the winner.

Be sure to get your tickets now for NASCAR’s return to Richmond International Raceway.  The NASCAR Tripleheader April 28-30, is 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).

Want to catch more of the action? 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).

 

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of pioneering individuals and organizations in the area of diversity at the fourth annual NASCAR Diversity Luncheon.

"Teams, tracks, sponsors and other stakeholders play a vital role in our efforts to further diversify our sport," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR managing director of public affairs. "The NASCAR Diversity Awards are a small way to say thank you and recognize a few special people who create awareness and opportunity in NASCAR."

At a ceremony held at The DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR recognized the following individuals and organizations across the industry for their outstanding impact:

Drive for Diversity Participant: Darrell Wallace Jr.

Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first African American and youngest driver in history to win a race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Darrell was also crowned rookie of the year and became the first African American to achieve the honor. Wallace Jr., 17, who lives in Concord, N.C., started racing when he was 9 years old and has found plenty of success along the way. In 2009, Wallace was named a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. With support from JGR, he competed with his family-operated team in a number of late model events throughout the Southeast. He won his first late model race at Franklin County Speedway (Callaway, Va.) in 2008, becoming the youngest driver to win a late model race at the historic speedway, at age 14. He graduated last month from North West Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C., on the honor roll.

Young Racer Award: Elijah Bacon

Elijah Bacon, 12, hails from Mooresville, N.C., where an interest in auto racing blossomed. Bacon, who is African American, was identified for the Revolution Racing Youth Driver Program last year after a community auto racing event at the New Birth Church in Huntersville, N.C. Last year marked his first year in racing, driving Bandoleros for Revolution Racing where he had three podium finishes. His most memorable experience came when he finished second in just the third race of his career.


NASCAR Diversity Internship Program Award: Kathryn Lee and Brittani Parker

Kathryn Lee, 20, of Jacksonville, Fla., interned last summer in the NASCAR Human Resources department in Daytona Beach, Fla. She’s currently a senior at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Some of the projects she worked on included “Bring Your Kids to Work Day,” NASCAR University, and creating the framework for the new NASCAR employment website. Lee also did administrative research, including employee reference and background checks, and researching job posting databases.

Brittani Parker, 22, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was an intern last summer with The NASCAR Foundation in Charlotte where she performed a number of key duties. She’s a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Parker also served as lead coordinator for a NASCAR Foundation-sponsored event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where 3,000 inner city youth and 1,000 business community members came together at the Hall of Fame to celebrate summer learning and the Freedom Schools program. She Assisted with NASCAR Day projects, including event planning and project coordination of the Ronald McDonald playground built in Kansas City, and coordinated donor receipts and gift records for events such as the Rusty Wallace Roast in Iowa.

 

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program is a 10-week paid summer internship program that exposes students to the many career opportunities within the motorsports industry.

Educational Institutional Award: Virginia State University

Virginia State University is awarded this prestigious honor because of their role in shaping tomorrow’s industry leaders. The school has set a high standard of excellence in the motorsports industry, and it is a prime example of the level of involvement and passion its students portray in regard to NASCAR and the entire motorsports industry. The institution has inspired and raised the student body’s interest and appreciation of motorsports. Professor Dr. Leon Bey received the award on behalf of Virginia State University, who has made great contributions to the advancement of the motorsports program at the school.

NASCAR Partner Award: Toyota

Toyota is recognized for their exemplary effort to incorporate diversity and inclusion within the motorsports industry. Toyota will be a vital component of Revolution Racing, the team all NASCAR Drive for Diversity racers will drive for this coming season. They have recognized the value and accomplishments of the team’s mission and will play a major role in the success of Revolution Racing. Revolution Racing will be the only team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East without an affiliation to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that will receive Toyota Racing Development support. Toyota was the primary sponsor to Darrell Wallace Jr.’s No. 6 car at the Toyota All-Star Showdown last month, and they will have a year-long primary sponsorship of one car in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All American Series.

Industry Ambassador Award: Phil Horton

Phil Horton is the strength and conditioning coach for Revolution Racing, and is a 10-year veteran in NASCAR. Horton is a former pit crew coach for Chip Ganassi Racing, and driver Juan Pablo Montoya. He has accumulated 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup, 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series and five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins with notable drivers such as Rick Crawford, Jason Keller, Dale Jarrett, and Juan Pablo Montoya. Horton is honored for being an outstanding figure in this industry for his commitment to diversity in the motorsports industry, growing the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development Program, and his ability to bring talented people to the program. A total of 40 athletes have participated in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development Program since its inception in 2004, and last year program participants competed in 160 races, including 34 at the NASCAR Camping World Truck or NASCAR Nationwide Series levels. Horton is from Lenoir, N.C.

 

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Hendrick Motorsports has signed Chase Elliott to a multi-year driver agreement.

Elliott, the son of 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, will continue to compete for his family-owned team until meeting age requirements for entering NASCAR national series events. Bill Elliott Racing, based in Dawsonville, Ga., will field Chevrolets with support from Hendrick Motorsports.

“The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree with Chase,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “I’ve always admired Bill’s ability in a race car and how he handled himself with the fans. I see those same traits in Chase, with his natural driving talent and an awareness of what he needs to do away from the track to be successful. He comes from a great racing family, and it shows.

“We think it’s a terrific situation. Chase already has a strong support system in place (in Dawsonville) that will allow him to focus on his education and grow as a driver, and Hendrick Motorsports will provide whatever kind of assistance the Elliotts need in any area.”

A 15-year-old freshman in high school, Elliott already has competed against some of the best short-track racers in the United States. In 40 late model starts last season, he posted 13 victories, 27 top-five finishes and 37 top-10s.

“I’ve always been taught that teamwork and people are important, and that’s something Mr. Hendrick really believes in,” Elliott said. “Everyone at Hendrick Motorsports has high standards and takes a lot of pride in what they do. Racing with all of their support, and the support of my family, is going to be incredible. I’m going to work really hard to make them proud and make the most of this opportunity.”

In 2010, Elliott became the youngest driver to win the Blizzard Series at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., the Miller Lite Series at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway and the overall Sunoco Gulf Coast championship. The Dawsonville native also posted victories in the prestigious Winchester 400 and at the re-opening of historic North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway.

Elliott already is two-for-two in 2011 after sweeping the Speedfest late-model features last month at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. This season, he plans to enter a combination of super late model, pro late model and NASCAR regional touring series events.

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ince 2006, The NASCAR Foundation and its supporters have been the heart of the NASCAR community, encouraging, facilitating and guiding philanthropic efforts. In five years, The NASCAR Foundation has awarded $11.5 million in charitable donations.

The effort of The NASCAR Foundation has served more than 600 charities, assisted in providing 20,000 children with medical treatment each year at Speediatrics’ hospital units in Daytona Beach and Miami, Fla., given more than 1,000 children the Victory Junction camping experience, and fulfilled 500 NASCAR Dreams by bringing youth to a race track for a once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR race experience.
The NASCAR Foundation is dedicated to raising funds and increasing volunteerism to support charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that help children to live happier, healthier lives.

“Since the beginning, The NASCAR Foundation has been devoted to serving others and positively impacting the lives of those it reaches,” said Mike Helton, president of NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation board member. “The number of people and organizations we have been able to support in only five years proves our dedication to the vision of Betty Jane France in establishing The NASCAR Foundation to improve the lives of others. As we look to the future, we are more committed than ever to uniting the sport in efforts to improve the lives of children in need.”

The support of NASCAR fans across the country has played a major role in the accomplishments of The Foundation. Fans can continue to engage with The NASCAR Foundation initiatives by making a contribution or by joining The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network. In 2011, the Volunteer Network will provide more opportunities than ever before to serve children in need in local communities across the United States.

NASCAR Day, to be celebrated on Friday, May 20, is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables the entire NASCAR community to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. On this day, fans, corporate partners, drivers, teams and tracks are encouraged to donate time through volunteer service.

Feel your heart race™ beginning Monday, February 14, by making a $10 donation to receive a limited-edition NASCAR Day pin at WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation, or at the Sprint Experience display at-track, beginning on Thursday, February 17. Proceeds will benefit Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions.


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