T.J. Bell and MAKE Motorsports (MM) are rolling into Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) with two major objectives on their agenda. The team hopes to propel Bell to another career-best performance for the Shelby, N.C.-based NASCAR Camping World Truck Series squad. They also look to give back to the community by visiting the Levine Children's Hospital and donating space on Bell's No. 50 Liberty Tire Recycling/Pinnacle Rubber Mulch truck to honor National EMS Week.
The NC Education Lottery 200 will mark Bell's sixth event with MM, their second race together at CMS. Bell tallied a 19th place finish with MM at Texas Motor Speedway last season. The finish was the team's best in its six-race history. Bell looks forward to getting back behind the wheel of his No. 50 truck and posting another record performance for MM.
Bell has a career-best finish of ninth-place at CMS, which he has achieved twice, May 2007 in NCWTS competition and in 2004 ARCA competition.
"We've only had a few races together, but we've already come a long way," Bell said. "MAKE Motorsports is growing stronger and stronger with each race. I'm really excited about Charlotte. I believe we can improve on our Texas performance next time we hit the track."
MM and Bell are giving back to the Charlotte, N.C. community this week. Bell is going to the Levine Children's Hospital on Tuesday, May 17 to spread some NASCAR cheer to the patients. Bell, along with CMS mascot Lug Nut, will visit the children in an effort to brighten their day. Liberty Tire Recycling and All Sport body quencher drink have made contributions through MM to the hospital.
In recognition of National EMS week, which runs from May 15 through May 21, Liberty Tire Recycling and Pinnacle Rubber Mulch are donating a portion of the No. 50 truck to pay tribute to the millions of professionals in the emergency medical service field. The team is also creating a custom two-sided pit board for the race at CMS. One side will honor the men and women who have fallen in the last year. The other side will be fashioned by the kids at Levine Children's Hospital.
"It's going to be a special week," Bell said. "We'll be visiting the kids at Levine's Children's Hospital on Tuesday. Lug Nut and I will do all we can brighten their day. We'll be signing autographs, taking pictures and talking with the kids, whatever it takes to bring some smiles to their faces.
"Liberty Tire Recycling is donating some of our race truck to honor National EMS Week with a special decal," continued Bell. "We've also got a special pit board that will pay tribute too. EMS professionals are on the front lines and don't get thanked nearly enough. Hopefully our team will express a small token of our gratitude towards them and all they do."
Tracy Lowe, co-owner of MM, is a registered nurse and paramedic. Lowe serves as the Assistant Nurse Manager of Ground Services at Carolinas Medical Center. She is excited about the opportunity for her race team to give back to the community.
"This means the world to me," Lowe said. "I've been in the medical field for 21 years now. When we started MAKE Motorsports, one of our goals was to help give back to the organizations and groups that have been so good to us. I'm so glad that we're able to do that. T.J's appearance at Levine Children's Hospital and the EMS decals that we have on our truck are our way of saying thank you. It's an honor and a pleasure for our team to be a part of those efforts."
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