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Halfway through the 2020 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season, 64 percent of all Feature events contested have been won by either Nick Hoffman or Mike McKinney.

 

In each of his eight starts, Hoffman has yet to finish worse than second. He currently sits atop the tour points standings, 96 points ahead of McKinney with five wins, leading all other drivers in top-five and top-ten finishes with eight.

 

McKinney is second only to Hoffman in each of those categories with four wins, six top-fives and six top-10s. Of the 15 different tracks on the remaining schedule, McKinney has Summit Modified victories at four of them, including one he’s won at already this season in tour action – Fairbury Speedway.

 

The two drivers return to action with the rest of the Summit Modified field in the Phase II opener on Monday night, Aug. 10, for the rescheduled visit to The Bullring at RICO Fairgrounds. Catch all the action alongside the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene with a Fast Pass subscription.

 

While McKinney and Hoffman are fierce competitors on the track, they share one of the most unique professional and friendly relationships off the track as well.

 

“Nick and I have been really close for 10-12 years now,” McKinney said. “I’ve been running his Elite Chassis since the start of [my UMP Modified career] in 2013. But I’ve known Nick way before he did the chassis thing, I was there helping him come up with the name and the logo.”

 

Hoffman founded his own DIRTcar UMP Modified chassis business in his hometown of Mooresville, NC, during the 2012 season. Several other big names in the UMP Modified world have driven the Elite Chassis brand since its establishment, including Tyler Nicely, Will Krup and NASCAR regular Justin Allgaier.

 

McKinney was one of Hoffman’s first few customers upon Elite’s establishment eight years ago. But their friendship first turned into a professional bond before McKinney ever stepped foot inside a UMP Modified.

 

“In 2012, I drove Nick’s personal Modified down in North Carolina,” McKinney said. “I had a really bad wreck in my Stock Car, and I was going to be out for a couple weeks. Nick gave me a call and an opportunity to run his backup car at County Line Raceway. We went down there and I think I ran fifth or sixth. So, he gave me my first opportunity to move into a Modified.”

 

Before his own days as a UMP Modified star, McKinney made a name for himself in the DIRTcar Stock Car ranks, capturing the 2012 DIRTcar national points title and the most wins of any driver that year with 18. Once Hoffman fitted him for a UMP Modified that same year, McKinney knew it was time to make the jump.

 

“From 2012-2013, I was looking to get out of Stock Cars and that was the same time [Hoffman] was starting his chassis company. So, it was kind of a seamless transition knowing I had a chassis builder to lean on.”

 

Hoffman has since become one of the most dominant dirt track racers in the country, with two Summit Modified titles and his first DIRTcar UMP Modified national points title awarded last year. He said it’s great publicity for his company, and it also helps having another headline driver in his corner as well.

 

“[McKinney’s] one of my best friends, and a customer of mine. Also, Will Krup has been running really well too. Mike’s good everywhere you go, and I’m glad he made the trip out and we can race together. It helps your program, so when we do get back to Illinois and we gotta run on some slicker racetracks and some stuff that takes a little bit of racecar, you’ve got all your ducks in a row,” Hoffman said.

 

The publicity Hoffman has brought to his Elite brand via his and others’ appearances in Victory Lane has brought an abundant amount of business into the shop, despite the pandemic’s effect on the 2020 racing season.

 

“With guys like Justin [Allgaier] and Mike [McKinney] running my cars, it’s really big. Right now, we’re so far backed-up on cars that I can’t take any more orders. I’ve been getting guys calling me every day and right now I’ve gotta turn them away, just because I want to be racing and we’re only going to build X-number of cars every year,” Hoffman said.

 

While Hoffman dominated the Summit Modifieds tour last year with a record 13 victories in a single season, 2018 was McKinney’s turn out front.

 

Coming into the 2018 Summit Modified championship weekend at Fairbury’s Prairie Dirt Classic, McKinney held only a four-point advantage over Mike Harrison after maxing-out his Feature win total at eight with a victory just two weeks prior at Oakshade Raceway. Harrison took the checkered flag in his Showdown Feature at FALS on Friday night while McKinney finished fifth, forcing him to transfer to Saturday night’s season finale through a Last Chance Showdown.

 

This evened-out the points battle going into Saturday night and put Harrison in control of his own destiny. Harrison had to win the Feature to win the championship, regardless of where McKinney finished. Coming from seventh, Harrison pulled it off, scoring the Feature win and the sixth Summit Modified championship of his career while McKinney was left to face reality.

 

Looking back, McKinney’s got no sour attitude about the finish of 2018. In fact, he’s learned from it. Scaling back on his racing ventures last year, McKinney’s back and more focused than ever as he continues his quest for that first championship in 2020.

 

“The only thing it tells me is that I can do it,” McKinney said with visual confidence. “[2018] was really our first year actually going out and being that competitive on a national level. Knowing I can be that competitive just drives me to keep doing it. We’re making a really hard push this year, and it got off to a great start.”

 

Ninety-six points is currently all that separates McKinney and a chance at his first tour championship. With 15 Feature races remaining until a champion is crowned, The Magic Man is ready to compete against one of his best friends and biggest rivals night-in and night-out.

 

“There’s a lot of good races left in this second half that I feel like we can compete at, and I know I’ve definitely gotta get a few more wins if I want to win this deal. We’re rolling into a lot of racetracks that I have a lot of confidence at, hopefully we can just put it all together.”

 

Don’t miss the start of Phase II for the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals on Monday, Aug. 10 as the tour makes its debut at The Bullring at RICO Fairgrounds, live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

 

DIRTcar Series PR

Christian Eckes and the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass team keep knocking on the door of victory but once again the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender came up just short of earning his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Three of the top four trucks got together and washed down the track on the restart in the second overtime, but it didn't bring out a caution and allowed Eckes who started in the second row on the inside lane to emerge with the lead.
 
Eckes would take the white flag with the lead, but eventual winner Zane Smith was able to make a maneuver for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 on the final lap and hold off Eckes' attempt at a crossover move. Eckes would make an attempt to dive to the bottom of Smith into to Turn 3 but got in Smith's wake and washed up the track. Smith would cross the stripe 0.318 seconds ahead of Eckes to claim his first-career Gander Trucks win.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Eckes started from the third position based a random draw in tiers based on 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series owner's points.
  • The Safelite Tundra went spinning after getting aero loose on Lap 13 and brought out the second caution of the race. After the spin caused a flat tire, Eckes limped his Tundra to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel with a few extra trips down pit road to ensure that there weren't any major tire rubs. He returned to the track scored in the 35th position for the ensuing restart.
  • Over the final four laps of Stage One, he was able to gain six spots and finished 29th. 
Stage Two Recap:  
  • Veteran crew chief Rudy Fugle kept his driver on track between stages, putting the Safelite Tundra 11th when Stage Two went green on Lap 24.
  • Stage Two would proceed start to finish under green flag conditions with Eckes crossing the stripe in the 14th position. 
Final Stage Recap:  
  • Before hitting pit road, he reported that his Safelite Tundra was "too free." Fugle ordered up another four-tire and fuel stop with an air pressure adjustment designed to improve the handling for his young driver.
  • The No. 18 Toyota was scored in the 11th position when the Final Stage went green on Lap 48. A few laps into the stage, Stewart Friesen made an attempt to clear Eckes, but didn't have enough room to clear him and hooked into the outside wall.
  • Friesen's truck caused damage to the nose and left side of the Safelite Tundra, forcing Fugle to call his driver to pit road for damage repair across multiple trips down pit road.
  • With several drivers getting violations of the new choose lane rule on the restart, many drivers including Eckes, didn't line up where NASCAR would have liked them to. After another quick caution occurred, NASCAR communicated that the No. 18 team had committed a restart violation by not lining up at the rear of the field and made them do so on the next restart.
  • Knowing they would have to restart at the rear of the field, Fugle summoned his driver to pit road again to top off with fuel. The Safelite Tundra would line up 26th for the restart on Lap 64.
  • Eckes had advanced up to 13th when the next caution flew on Lap 72. Fugle made a strategy play pitting for four fresh tires and hoping to have better tires than his competitors if a late caution came out.
  • The No. 18 Toyota was scored in the 11th position when a caution occurred with six laps remaining in the event. For the first overtime, Eckes lined up in the fourth row on the inside lane during the choose lane pairings.
  • Eckes was able to gain a few positions and moved up to the sixth spot before a quick caution occurred setting up a second overtime.
  • After a red-flag period for cleanup, Eckes chose to line up in the bottom lane on the second row. That position would prove to be the catbirds seat as the other trucks inside the top three got together on the restart and washed down the track past him.
  • Eckes would gain the lead and hold it until Smith passed him through Turns 3 and 4. Eckes' last ditch effort would come up short and he would cross the stripe .318 seconds behind Smith in the runner-up position. 

KBM PR

From 1936 through the middle of 1949, smaller, older modified stock cars had competed on the sands of Daytona Beach, but it was in 1949 that Bill France’s dream of having a series, featuring new, full-size sedans that could be purchased off a showroom floor, became a reality.

After introducing his “Strictly Stock” Series (later known as “Grand National” and today the “NASCAR Cup Series”) concept for an initial race in Charlotte in June of ’49, the second event on the slate was at the Daytona beach-road course. It would become a mainstay in the foundation of the sport for the next decade, and many of its winners would read like a “Who’s Who” of NASCAR legends.

During this time period, Big Bill saw that the days of racing on the beach-road course were numbered due to the spreading land usage of a rapidly growing population and huge race crowds. He put a plan for the future of Daytona Beach in motion with a proposal to construct a permanent speedway facility that would become Daytona International Speedway, which hosted the first DAYTONA 500 in 1959.

As a result, the Daytona beach-road course race in 1958 was the grand finale for the asphalt and sand. The 10-year stretch of memorable moments will never be forgotten. Below are quick recaps of each of the historical races, today known as the NASCAR Cup Series, on that iconic 4.1-mile Daytona beach-road course, located near Ponce Inlet.

July 10, 1949
Red Byron of Atlanta took the lead from Gober Sosebee with six laps remaining and went on to win the 166-mile NASCAR Strictly Stock (changed name to Grand National in 1950) race.

Sosebee, who had taken the lead from Joe Littlejohn just after the drop of the green flag, appeared headed for the $2,000 victory but his Oldsmobile bobbled as he negotiated the North Turn on the 34th lap of the 49-lap contest. Byron would go on and win the championship.

February 5, 1950
Harold Kite, a former Army tank driver who began racing on the short tracks after World War II, drove past Red Byron on the 25th lap (of 48) to score a convincing triumph in the season opener over Byron.

Competing in his first NASCAR “Grand National” event, the East Point, GA, driver pushed his Lincoln around the sandy course at a record speed of 89.894 mph to win by 53 seconds.

February 11, 1951
Marshall Teague, the 29-year-old hometown favorite, wheeled his Fabulous Hudson Hornet around Tim Flock’s Lincoln with 12 laps remaining to win the 160-mile Grand National race. His margin of victory was 74 seconds.

Flock’s pit crew had an issue fueling his machine during a routine pit stop after leading the first 27 laps, but was able to recover to finish second. His brother, Fonty Flock, was third, followed by Bill Blair and Buck Baker.

February 10, 1952
For the second straight year, Marshall Teague, in his Fabulous Hudson Hornet, kicked off the season with a victory, outrunning his teammate, Herb Thomas, to win the 151.7-mile race at an average speed of 85.162 mph.

The race started late to allow an unexpected crowd of 20,000 spectators to find parking spots. With a delayed start, the 200-mile race (48 laps) was cut short to 37 laps due to an incoming tide.

February 15, 1953
After three finishes in the top six in the first four Daytona beach-road course races, Bill Blair finally reached the pinnacle of victory, beating Fonty Flock by 26 seconds.

Blair, in an Oldsmobile, led on the last lap, taking advantage of Flock, who ran out of gas as he took the white flag. His teammate Slick Smith helped push his car to the pits for fuel. Because NASCAR rules permitted a car to be assisted to the pit area, but not to be pushed from the pits, Flock rebounded to finish second.

February 21, 1954
Lee Petty was declared the winner after apparent winner, Tim Flock, was disqualified because of an altered carburetor. The decision wasn’t popular with Flock, who quit driving NASCAR for the rest of the year.

Petty, who would go on and win the first-ever DAYTONA 500 on the 2.5-mile high-banked facility in 1959, beat Buck Baker by nine seconds.

February 27, 1955
Tim Flock, after being disqualified the previous year, rebounded to win after Fireball Roberts was disqualified for push rods in his engine being altered.

Flock was teaming with car owner Carl Kiekhaefer for the first time, and the No. 300 Chrysler finished ahead of second-place Lee Petty, who was the beneficiary of Flock’s misfortune a year before. It was Flock’s first NASCAR race since the Daytona beach-road course event in 1954.

February 26, 1956
For the second time in the event’s history, the Daytona beach-road course race was called short of its scheduled finish – two laps shy - because of a high tide. For the second consecutive year, Tim Flock took the victory.

He led all but three laps in the 37-lap, 151.7-mile event and held off Billy Myers with Ralph Moody third. 

February 17, 1957

Cotton Owners picked up his first Grand National Series victory, piloting a Pontiac to the win over Johnny Beauchamp. Owens and Paul Goldsmith battled for the lead, but with eight laps to go, the engine in Goldsmith’s Chevrolet blew.

February 23, 1958
A year after a blown motor with eight laps left took away a possible victory, Goldsmith outdueled Curtis Tuner to win the final race on the Dayton beach-road course. It marked the closest finish in the 10-year history of the event, winning by a mere five car lengths.

Just how Goldsmith accomplished the feat will be covered in the next installment of this series.

Fast forward to 2020! A limited number of fans will get the opportunity to see NASCAR’s return to road course racing in Daytona for the Go Bowling 235 At The DAYTONA Road Course, along with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Sunday, Aug. 16. Fans can get tickets, which start at $49 (both races included) for adults and $10 for kids 12 years old and younger, by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP.

DIS PR

NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano this week had a chance to feel the raw electric power of the one-of-a-kind Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype along with Ford's famed drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Ford’s Romeo Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Logano and Gittin were on-track to make a short film to showcase the Mustang Mach-E 1400 – developed in collaboration with Gittin’s RTR Vehicles – that will appear for the first time Saturday and Sunday during NBC's televised coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway.

Projecting 1,400 peak horsepower and with seven motors, Logano experienced firsthand what a Ford Performance/RTR electric vehicle can do.

“It was so cool to get a chance to drive the Mustang Mach-E 1400,” Logano said. “With all-wheel drive it just launches at the start and you have so much power it’s crazy. The Ford Performance guys with Vaughn and his team have built something special.”

Ford Performance PR

What has already been a one-of-a-kind journey and career adds another chapter this weekend for North Texas native Jesse Iwuji.

Iwuji, a former two-sport star at Hebron High School (Lewisville ISD) and defensive back on the Navy football team, became the first active duty Naval officer to start a NASCAR national series race in 2018. This weekend, the recently promoted Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve is adding a pair of firsts to the list by making his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut and taking on his first NASCAR doubleheader weekend.

Iwuji's maiden voyage in the NASCAR Xfinity Series comes Saturday at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America in the Henry 180 (11:00 a.m. CDT, NBCSN / MRN). He'll be racing the No. 13 MileMarker10 / G2Xchange Toyota for MBM Motorsports, starting 23rd. The two veteran-owned businesses are new partnerships that enabled Iwuji's Xfinity Series dream.

"This next step in NASCAR is special not only for me, but for all of my fellow service members and others out there with big goals & dreams. Most will tell you that your goals and dreams are impossible and that you can't do it," LCDR Iwuji said. "This entire Navy-to-NASCAR journey is me showing those that dare to dream it's all possible!"

What better way to prepare for his first Xfinity Series start than to be on the track Friday night as well, even if it means an overnight trip from Michigan to Wisconsin to complete his doubleheader.

Iwuji is slated for his third start of the season Friday night in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan International Speedway (5:00 p.m. CDT, FS1 / MRN). He will wheel the No. 33 MileMarker10 / G2Xchange Toyota for Reaume Brothers Racing, starting 35th. This will be his 10th career start in the Gander Trucks with a best finish of 17th in the 2019 VANKOR 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

TMS PR

This Saturday night, August 8th, local racing returns to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) with fans in the stands. Pro Late Models headline the night with a 100-lap feature race. The Whelen Super Trucks are back in action on the five-eighths mile high banks while the quarter mile show belongs to the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Pest Doctor Front Runners, BH Holmes Construction Legends and Dye Hard Hair Salon Bandoleros.

Racing begins at 5:30pm on Saturday, August 8th. The Grandstands will open at 3:00pm. There is an Open Practice for race teams on Friday, August 7th. The Pit Area opens at 1:00pm and Practice will run from 3:00 until 7:00pm. On Race Day Saturday, Pit Gates open at 10:30am.

August 8th is First Responder Appreciation Night, all First Responders with proper ID, will receive free admission to the event. This includes Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergancy Medical Service personnel, Military, Search & Rescue and Dispatch. General Admission tickets are just $12, Senior Citizen tickets are $10, Kids twelve and under are only $5 and kids five and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased online at nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing, by calling the Speedway Box Office at 615-254-1986 or at the gate on race day.

This Saturday’s race will be the third racing event at the Speedway with fans in 2020. Safety precautions including sanitation stations, during event cleaning, contactless service, social distancing, face masks and other CDC recommended safety protocols have been implemented to enhance a safe and fun fan experience at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

NFS boast a large open-air grandstand area with a free-standing canopy to shield fans from the hot summertime sun. Vending space in the new open-air, socially distant concourse, includes souvenirs, racing apparel, food trucks and specialty food and beverage vendors. In compliance with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, the Speedway’s bars will remain closed for this event.

Nashville Metropolitan Health Department Director, Dr. Michael Caldwell, has attended the two previous racing events and NFS, reporting high percentages of spectator compliance with CDC guidelines.

Dr. Caldwell told The Tennessean, “What they’re doing here at the raceway is helping us to take these best practices to other events in the community”.

The racing events at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway are pioneering a path to reopening other live sporting and entertainment venues, with fans, within Music City USA.

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway is located within The Fairgrounds Nashville at 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, TN. Parking is five dollars, and lots are accessible from Wedgewood Avenue and Craighead Road.

To learn more about America’s Favorite Short Track, visit www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing, follow NFS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

NFS PR

Three-time Grammy Award nominees and North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Avett Brothers, have partnered with nugs.net, the leading music platform for live concert streams and recordings, to livestream their sold-out, once-in-a-lifetime performance from the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can tune in on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

● HD Pay-Per-View: $24.99
● 4K Pay-Per-View: $34.99
● *Avett Guild members receive a $5 discount code

Guild members:
$19.99 for HD and $29.99 for 4K

Non-Guild fans:
$24.99 for HD and $34.99 for 4K

The band will perform live on the backstretch of the speedway to a sold-out number of socially distanced cars and to all those who tune in to the Pay-Per-View (PPV) event. The performance will celebrate the release of their eagerly awaited new album, The Third Gleam, out Aug. 28 via Loma Vista Recordings through American Recordings.

“The Avett Brothers are the real deal. They have been on the top of our wish list of touring musicians to work with for a long, long time," said Brad Serling, nugs.net founder and CEO. "I think our network of like-minded live music fans are going to love the opportunity to tune in live to this performance as much as we will. I am so thankful that we are able to play a part in sharing this incredibly cool event the Avett Brothers are putting on at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

CMS PR

The NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 won’t be the only big show being featured at Michigan International Speedway this Saturday.  Prior to the race – the first of two NASCAR Cup Series events being staged at MIS in as many days – WWE superstar “The Big Show” will serve as the virtual Grand Marshal.  In that role he will recite the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines!”

Having started his wrestling career in 1994, Big Show – Paul Donald Wright II – has held multiple championship titles in his decorated career, including the WWE World Heavyweight World Championship and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.  He has become a household name and one of the top athletes in sports entertainment.

“Having the Big Show as the Grand Marshal of the FireKeepers Casino 400 not only is an honor, but it also exhibits the stature of the race,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “He has been a fan-favorite in the wrestling world for more than 25 years, and his many championships illustrates the success he has achieved during that time.”

In addition to his prowess in the ring, Big Show stars in his own Netflix family comedy, The Big Show Show, which is currently available on the streaming platform.  A special crossover event of the series will premiere Monday, August 10 with familiar faces and surprise cameos.  He has also appeared in feature films such as Jingle All the WayThe Waterboy and Star Trek Enterprise, as well as two USA Network’s comedy-dramas, Royal Pains and Psych, in addition to the action-drama Burn Notice. In 2010, he had his first lead role, in the comedy film Knucklehead, which was produced by WWE Studios.

MIS PR

The partnership between JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller and Market Scan for Mike Wallace’s No. 0 Chevrolet has been extended through two additional races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The first is this weekend’s August 8 event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The following week, Wallace will compete at the inaugural road course event at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, August 15.

The partnership between JD Motorsports, Mike Wallace and Market Scan kicked off at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and is anchored in an initiative to celebrate and support veterans and first responders. The pairing is designed to shine a spotlight on U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Danny Garcia’s “Honor Walk 2020,” a four-month long initiative to raise funds for “America Salutes You”. This year’s “America Salutes You” collaboration kicked off on the July 4 race weekend in Indianapolis, where Garcia began his multi-state journey.

The Chevrolet’s red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme, which made its debut with much fanfare at IMS, includes prominent “America Salutes You” branding.

“We are truly excited to extend our partnership with JD Motorsports and Mike Wallace,” said Market Scan Co-founder and President Rusty West. “We really believe in this terrific project. Plus, Mike and I have become great friends through this collaboration – a wonderful bonus. The response to our sponsorship and support for veterans, first responders and their families has been amazing.

“The national TV broadcast of the July 4th race helped generate a lot of interest in the fundraising efforts by U.S. Marine Danny Garcia,” West continued. “We’re committed to helping Danny raise a lot of money for these very deserving folks, who are serving all of us selflessly. The people who benefit from this initiative need our help right now, and they need it more than ever.”

“Making a return to racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on America’s Birthday in partnership with Market Scan was one of the highlights of my career,” said Wallace, who had not competed in a NASCAR event since 2015. “The July 4 race marked my 807th overall NASCAR start. The results at Indy weren’t what we wanted, but the improvements throughout the race left me feeling I still have some competitive laps in me.

“I am thankful to Rusty and Market Scan for their continued support. What we started in Indianapolis is incredible and I am grateful to have an opportunity to race for a cause. Supporting Danny and “America Salutes You” humbles me. I could not be more proud to help raise funds for veterans, first responders and their families, and I encourage everyone to join me in the fund raising efforts.”

Garcia is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam war veteran, former law enforcement officer and ordained minister. He has been walking for charity since 1996, taking 52 million steps on six continents. The first phase of Garcia’s “Honor Walk 2020” includes Midwest states, Southeastern states and the Eastern seaboard with large-scale stops in New York City and Washington, D.C. Between July 4 and October 29, Garcia will travel in increments of 25 to 50 miles a day in phases. Stops will include City Halls, Veterans Affairs locations, first responder locations, fire stations, police stations, hospitals, and partner retail locations. The walk ends on Oct. 29 at the Grand Ole Opry during the “America Salutes You” benefit concert.

The mission of “America Salutes You” is to raise awareness and funds for extraordinary wellness charities, assisting military and veterans. Those initiatives include promoting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide access, support and services that ensure veterans’ health and quality of life. Donations to support Danny’s fundraising efforts for “America Salutes You” can be made by texting FREEDOM to 20222. Pledges can be made on www.americasalutesyou.org.

NASCAR enthusiasts and diecast race car collectors will be pleased to learn that a special edition Mike Wallace / Market Scan 2020 Patriotic Chevrolet Number 0 model has been commissioned to commemorate the partnership; it is for sale at Lionel Racing’s website: https://www.lionelracing.com/MIKE-WALLACE-2020-MARKET-SCAN-PATRIOTIC-164-ARC-DIECAST

JDM PR

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