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Officials from Statesville, North Carolina-based Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo.) confirmed today that they have reunited with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veteran Jennifer Jo Cobb for next Friday night’s running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Last season, BeBevCo.’s KOMA Unwind brand paired with the fan-favorite driver for numerous races during the season’s 22-race tour. However, the season-opener will mark the first time that KOMA Unwind will serve as the title sponsor on her No. 10 Chevrolet Silverado.
Developed by BeBevCo., KOMA Unwind relaxes those who drink it. It also helps them improve both the duration and quality of their sleep with flair and favor. KOMA Unwind is formulated to relax the body, mind and soul. It is the perfect lifestyle beverage for those who can appreciate reduced stress, reduced anxiety or a great night of sleep.
The relaxation or “anti-energy” drink category is fairly new to the beverage industry. This type of drink is dedicated to helping consumers achieve a level of relaxation without the use of pills or alcohol.
With plans to have a healthy presence in Motorsports this year, KOMA Unwind hopes to continue feeding the flames of a “relaxation revolution” in a way to chill without a pill.
“We’re thrilled about this reunion with Jennifer Jo Cobb and her team,” said BeBevCo CEO Brian Weber. “Jennifer is a dedicated racer that we believe in and her connection with the fans is amazing, which obviously makes this partnership that much stronger.”
Cobb, a native of Kansas City, Kansas holds the record as the highest finishing female in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a sixth place finish ironically occurring at Daytona in February 2011. Her accomplishment succeeds finishes placed by all other women in the series. Cobb, also a frequent competitor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series currently occupies the most starts by a woman in the NCWTS with 56 to her credit.
“I’m so thankful to have KOMA Unwind onboard for Daytona,” sounded Cobb. “It truly is a great product and with my hectic schedule, a can of KOMA Unwind after a long day really turns my evening into total relaxation. We’re hoping to have a good strong run at Daytona and let race fans experience the relaxation revolution for themselves.”
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U.S. Pavement Services and 1-800-PAVEMENT to Sponsor Clay Greenfield at Daytona International Speedway
U.S. Pavement Services and 1-800-PAVEMENT are pleased to announce their sponsorship of Clay Greenfield and the #68 Dodge Ram at the NextEra Energy Resources 250 truck series race in Daytona Beach, Fla., on February 22.
The hard-racing, tough trucks of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series take to the high banks on the night that produces some of Daytona’s closest racing. This year, the black and yellow 1-800-PAVEMENT and U.S. Pavement Services logos will adorn Clay’s No. 68 truck for the 100-lap Camping World Truck Series race.
“1-800-PAVEMENT and U.S. Pavement Services are proud to sponsor the incredibly talented Clay Greenfield at this year’s Daytona truck series race,” said Mike Musto, president and founder, U.S. Pavement Services and 1-800-PAVEMENT. “Clay is a great guy and this sponsorship is a natural fit, since he is also 1-800-PAVEMENT Network member.”
Greenfield will be reunited with crew chief Danny Gill. Gill gave Clay his first driving opportunity in the series when he was owner of Team Gill Racing. Gill has worked with some of the most recognized drivers in truck series, such as Dennis Setzer, Johnny Benson and Steve Park.
“My team is very appreciative of 1-800-PAVEMENT for their support,” said driver Clay Greenfield. “Coming off a top 10 finish from last year, I am looking forward to having another strong run for U.S. Pavement Services. The competition at Daytona is tough. This is the biggest race of the year and teams go all out to make this race. We are no different. Thanks to Mike at U.S. Pavement Services, we are able to go out there and race as hard as we can.”
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NTS Motorsports is pleased to announce that Arthur Krenzel Lett (AKL) Insurance Group, a risk management solutions firm, specializing in auto, home, life, and commercial insurance products, will continue its support of Ron Hornaday in 2013 as an active player in the team’s sponsorship lineup.
AKL Insurance Group, with two branches located in Winfield, WV and Dublin, OH, will be displayed as an associate sponsor on the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 22 as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway (May) and Bristol Motor Speedway (August).
At Arthur Krenzel Lett, their mission is to provide clients with the highest quality risk management solutions available today. AKL Insurance Group addresses everyday personal, family, and business needs by offering quality insurance products at competitive pricing from some of the most trusted and respected insurance companies in the market. Their strict dedication to service and personal attention allows clients to meet and exceed their goals by experiencing the full capabilities of the companies they represent.
“We’re very excited to partner with NTS Motorsports and Ron Hornaday for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Craig Lett of AKL Insurance Group. “This partnership allows us to connect with our current and prospective customers by offering them an exclusive NASCAR experience. Ron Hornaday is a championship-caliber driver and AKL is honored to be part of his continued success.”
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David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports will have a doctor in the house at the Daytona 500. The Detail Doctor, the vinyl, leather and plastic "As Seen on TV" car restorer will be the primary sponsor of Ragan's No. 34 Ford for NASCAR's season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
Growth Energy’s American Ethanol brand will again be the title sponsor for Iowa Speedway’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the American Ethanol 200, on Saturday evening, July 13. The event on the Newton facility’s 7/8-mile, Rusty Wallace designed tri-oval will feature up to 34 trucks in a 200-lap, high-speed duel.
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, and Iowa Speedway President Stan Clement made the joint announcement on behalf of both companies.
“We are excited to once again partner with Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200, an exciting race for the sport and a great venue for the American Ethanol brand,” Buis said. “Ethanol already supports communities across Iowa, and with the power of NASCAR we are able to showcase the fuel across all America. With more than three million miles raced on Sunoco Green E15, ethanol has proven to be a high-performance, cleaner fuel that creates jobs in Iowa and across the Midwest, while promoting a better environment for all Americans.”
“American Ethanol has become one of our most important promotional partners,” said Clement. “Everyone at Iowa Speedway works very hard to highlight corn ethanol as an efficient, high-performance fuel, and we are very proud that all of the racecars in every one of our major events are powered by ethanol blended fuels. The ‘American Ethanol 200’ will be our first NASCAR Truck race of the summer, and we are grateful for Growth Energy’s support.”
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Using the biggest race of the year as a backdrop, NASCAR, Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced today a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Following a private meeting with town officials, community leaders, first responders and victims’ families last week in Newtown, Conn., NASCAR, Swan Racing and Waltrip announced that the No. 30 Lean1 Swan Racing Toyota will instead garner the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota. Waltrip’s ride for the Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 24 1 p.m. ET on FOX) will honor the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and prominently feature a call-to-action decal encouraging the NASCAR community to make $10 donations by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank, supports the healing process for the broader Newtown community including children, teachers, first responders, families, residents, mental health professionals, counselors and others, following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund go to meet the needs of the Newtown community.
“Americans everywhere are heartbroken about the tragedy in Newtown and Swan Racing is proud to join NASCAR and the United Way of Western Connecticut to help the community move forward,” said Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis.
In addition to piloting the No. 26 Newtown car in the Great American Race, Waltrip confirmed today that all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries will run the “text NEWTOWN to 80888” decal for the Daytona 500.
“Driving the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota is like nothing I have ever been part of in my NASCAR career,” Waltrip said. “It will be an emotional week knowing that we have the potential to do so much good for the Newtown community. I’m racing for a reason.”
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France also announced today that he and his wife Amy would personally kick off the NASCAR industry support with a $50,000 donation that will be matched by The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities.
“Being in Newtown last week and delivering a moment of happiness to that community was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” said France. “Looking out at a room of smiling faces amidst the aftermath of a horrible tragedy was very powerful. It hit me that the NASCAR industry and our passionate fan base have an unbelievable opportunity to rally around this cause and make a huge difference for a community in need. I am excited to witness firsthand the NASCAR community’s embrace and support of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.”
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund recently announced in cooperation with the Newtown Rotary Club Foundation that funds are available to help with the immediate financial and mental health needs for people impacted by the tragic events of Dec. 14.
“One thing I can tell you for sure, is that there will be a whole lot of people in Sandy Hook and Newtown rooting for Michael and the No 26 car,” said Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead. “It will be something positive to rally around, and there will be smiles on faces that haven’t smiled in quite a while.”
The NASCAR community can contribute to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund by texting NEWTOWN to 80888. For fans without short-code texting plans with their wireless carriers, there are two additional opportunities to donate. Donations can also be made online at newtown.uwwesternct.org or by mail to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown, CT, 06470
It's been quite a ride for 78-year-old James Hylton, and part of his journey is coming to a close.
As reported in today's Daytona Beach News-Journal, Hylton has announced his retirement from driving race cars. The 2013 season will mark his farewell tour behind the wheel of his famous No. 48.
"I've been thinking about this for quite a while," Hylton said. "I'm 78, and the time has come."
Hylton made 602 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts since 1964, winning twice at Talladega and Richmond. Since 1997, Hylton has made 143 ARCA starts.
"It's time to step aside as a driver and turn this car over to the younger generation. I don't want to lose the Hylton Motorsports race team. I'll be there next year as the general manager. We are definitely in the market to build up our race team and put younger drivers behind the wheel who can run up front."
Hylton's feelings are mixed regarding his final year behind the wheel.
"It's kind of a love-hate relationship. If I could drive until I was 90 years old, I would. But I need to face the facts. It's too much of a job to be the driver and manager the team. I'm excited about the future. I feel I have an honest-to-goodness chance to build my team to where we can be competitive. Next time we come to Daytona, we will have a car and driver capable of winning the race."
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NASCAR has reinstated former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member Jerome Frey upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Frey had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on August 10, 2011 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.