Wednesday, Feb 08
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International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced today a year-long commitment to help fight older adult hunger in support of Drive to End Hunger, an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to help the nearly nine million older Americans who face the threat of hunger every day.

“Today’s announcement means that there will still be good news coming out of ISC tracks after the checkered flag falls on raceday,” said Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup series champion and driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports.  “The commitment by ISC and Americrown will help a lot of people who struggle to put food on the table.”

“We are privileged to support the great work of Jeff Gordon and the AARP Foundation with their Driver to End Hunger efforts,” stated ISC Chief Executive Office Lesa France Kennedy. “Their programs represent the compassion of ISC’s family of motorsports facilities and our commitment to being a good neighbor. We want to do everything we can to support our communities. They are important to us, they are important to the sport, and solving the hunger epidemic should be important to everyone in America.”

All 12 ISC member tracks, led by ISC’s primary food and beverage concessions operator, Americrown Services Corporation, as well as Levy Restaurants at Chicagoland Speedway, will donate extra food from NASCAR race weekends to local food banks on behalf of Drive to End Hunger throughout the 2013 season.  AARP Foundation and Americrown will work with local food banks to receive the donations, which are expected to include bread, produce and other food items.

This week, Americrown and the Daytona International Speedway will donate extra food from the Daytona 500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with Drive to End Hunger,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. “In addition to helping to increase awareness for the issue of senior hunger, we’re thrilled to be a part of a program that will assist individuals right here in Volusia County, and many more across the nation.”

ISC and Americrown began working with Drive to End Hunger on food donation efforts in 2011.  Since then, the collaboration has donated more than 70,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of approximately 54,000 meals – to local food banks near ISC tracks.  

“Millions of older Americans are forced to make impossible decisions about whether they can afford to eat, see a doctor, or stay in their home,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation president.  “We are so proud to be working with ISC and Americrown to help make those choices a little easier in communities across the country.”

Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation’s national effort to help the nearly 9 million older Americans who are facing hunger across the United States. Drive to End Hunger is not only raising awareness of the problem, but also the funds to fight it.  Drive to End Hunger engages corporate sponsors and individuals across the country, as well as funds innovative programs with promising results that can be applied elsewhere to prevent hunger.  All contributions to Drive to End Hunger go to support the hunger solutions of AARP Foundation.

Since AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger, it has donated nearly 16 million meals and driven corporate and individual donor commitments with an expected value of $18.1 million.  All contributions to Drive to End Hunger go to support the hunger solutions of AARP Foundation.  

To learn more, please visit www.DriveToEndHunger.org.

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All-Pro NFL linebacker Ray Lewis will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 55th annual Daytona 500 set for 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Lewis, a University of Miami product, led the Baltimore Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII earlier this month.  The 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker has played his entire professional career with the Ravens, helping the franchise to two Super Bowl wins (XXXV, XLVII).  Lewis was honored as NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice (2000 and 2003).  The fiery linebacker, a Central Florida native, is only the second linebacker to win Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award (XXXV) and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.  Lewis announced his plans to retire last fall.

"It doesn’t get any bigger than Ray Lewis -- the leader of the Super Bowl-winning team," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We can’t wait to see him on the flag stand waving the green flag to start ‘The Great American Race’ and the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season."

Lewis will wave the green flag for the 43-car field led by pole-sitter Danica Patrick, who was the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Past honorary starters for the Daytona 500 include NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, actor Ashton Kutcher, comedian Whoopi Goldberg and singer Mariah Carey.  WWE superstar John Cena had the honor in 2012.

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Scott Speed knew his window to make the starting lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500 was closing in the final laps of Thursday's Budweiser Duels. 


Then an actual missing window helped Speed and the rest of the Leavine Family Racing (LFR) race team qualify for the biggest NASCAR race of the season and resulted in a new sponsor for the Texas-based team with DISH Network.

 

A leading satellite TV company, DISH Network, will be the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion with Speed for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 at the Daytona International Speedway.

 

"We're excited to team up with Leavine Family Racing on the No. 95 DISH Ford Fusion to help promote the Hopper," said James Moorhead, chief marketing officer for DISH. "Racing fans are passionate and dedicated - just like our customers. We love this opportunity to engage with a fan base that really mirrors the innovative spirit at DISH where we push the limits of technology and challenge the status quo."

 

Speed ran as high as eighth in the first 150-mile qualifying race at the Daytona International Speedway, but a problem with the brakes on a scheduled pit stop forced a longer stop which put No. 95 machine toward the back of the 21-car field. He got as high as 16th at the finish with the top 15 automatically advancing to Sunday's race.

 

Moments later, NASCAR officials moved Speed up to 15th - and into the Daytona 500 - when sixth-place Martin Truex Jr. finished without a side passenger window.

 

"We got lucky to get in because of the window, but at the same time we ran way better than that all race," Speed said. "That window coming out of the car cost us an easy transfer spot anyway because it's faster. The window giveth and it taketh away."

 

Based on NASCAR's unique qualifying rules, Leavine Family Racing would likely still have advanced into the Daytona 500. By finishing 15th, however, team owner Bob Leavine no longer had to worry about any of the complicated exemptions.

 

"We're in," he said with an enormous sigh of relief. "I feel blessed."

 

Speed clearly had a racecar worthy of stock car racing's Super Bowl. With three more practice sessions remaining before the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, Speed and crew chief Wally Rogers believe they have enough of a baseline to be competitive in the new Gen-6 racer.

 

"Scott did a really good job, especially when he got in the outside line," Rogers said. "We're learning so much about the car with every lap. Scott was patient and the car had good solid speed in it. Making the race is a huge relief for everyone at Leavine Family Racing. We're a small team, and this is a very big deal for us."

 

The team didn't learn of Truex's problems until they were walking down pit road after the race.

 

"We heard it on the (public address) speaker," Leavine said. "All I could imagine was going home. Then we heard we were in. It's one of the most incredible feelings I've ever had at a racetrack."

 

Speed will start 31st in the Daytona 500.

 

"It was hard once we got to the back after the pit stop because we didn't have anyone back there to help us," Speed said. "We finally got back up there and picked off a few of them.

 

"You had to have a good car to be able to do that. That's a credit to everyone at LFR. This is a proud moment for everyone. We're in the Daytona 500. I will never get tired of hearing that."
 
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American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) announced today the deployment of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network solution at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. Owned and operated by the International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (ISC), Daytona International Speedway is known as the “World Center of Racing.”

The DAS network was launched to facilitate rising wireless communication and data activity throughout the 480-acre motorsports complex. In February 2013, the Daytona International Speedway will be the home of the 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks, a 10-day event, culminating with the 55th annual Daytona 500. Hundreds of thousands of people, including competitors, spectators and staff, are expected to attend the events. The DAS network, owned and operated by American Tower, will support the increased wireless traffic resulting from the wide attendance at the venue.

“Our goal at the Daytona International Speedway was to build a network that not only met the carriers’ coverage and capacity requirements but also enabled a multitude of enterprise services,” said Gerard Ainsztein, American Tower’s Senior Vice President, Managed Networks. “With the successful deployment of the network, our carrier partners are able to offer market-leading 4G services while their customers experience unprecedented cellular performance. Additionally, ISC plans to leverage the network to operate its multimedia and sports operations, allowing ISC to offer its guests a package of mobile services that will enhance the overall fan experience. American Tower looks forward to collaborating with ISC to bring these services to the remaining ISC raceways.”

Craig A. Neeb, ISC’s Vice President, Multi-Channel Marketing and Chief Information Officer, stated, “ISC is committed to enhancing the fan experience and our relationship with American Tower helps us achieve this goal. This relationship not only benefits our fans but also improves the connectivity for everyone involved during event weekends. This is the foundation to future enhancements in providing more reliable connectivity for everyone.”

The network, with several hundred antennas, is capable of hosting multiple carriers and features dedicated backup power and an electrical distribution system that allows for multiple remote generators to supply power to transmission equipment installed throughout the grandstands.

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“Drivers start your engines!” Cie Games – the makers of Car Town, the world’s leading automotive-based game franchise – expands its licensing deal with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) onto the mobile gaming platform with the launch of virtual race events tied to real-world races in Car Town’s mobile sequel Car Town Streets, which is free-to-play for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The first event, “Daytona Challenge,” debuts today to celebrate the 55thannual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 and more race competitions to follow.

“We first partnered with NASCAR and ISC for our Facebook game Car Town to huge success and we are excited to extend our partnership onto the mobile platform to reach new and younger audiences,” said Dennis Suggs, president and CEO, Cie Games. “Through our continued partnership, we are able to build brand affinity for the premier stock car racing franchise and organically grow the NASCAR fan base in Car Town Streets through NASCAR’s biggest event, the Daytona 500.”

The in-game “virtual” events will begin the Thursday before the official real-world race day and run for one week. The top players for each race event will receive an exclusive in-game NASCAR racecar that can produce up to 1200 horsepower – the fastest car in the game. In the Daytona Challenge, the top 150,000 players with the most points won will receive a powerful NASCAR racecar, with the first being Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s National Guard car.

Players can check their standings throughout each event using the Car Town Streets leaderboard. Additional information on future officially licensed virtual in-game events and car prizes driven by the world’s best drivers will be announced as it gets closer to race day.

One of the Top 10 Games on the App Store in multiple countries, Car Town Streets is designed specifically for mobile players and offers a different type of gameplay mechanic from its Facebook predecessor, Car Town. As players find, build, and race with all their favorite cars, form teams and compete in head-to-head race battles, new race challenges and missions will unlock.

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Golden Corral is back on board with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) as the primary sponsor on the No.36 Chevrolet at four superspeedway races in 2013 including Sunday's Daytona 500.  The Golden Corral No. 36 Chevrolet is driven by J.J. Yeleyand prominently features the popular "Top 10 Kids Eat Free" promotion on the car's rear panel.

Each time the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet finishes in the top 10 this season, Golden Corral will offer a one day "Kids Eat Free" promotion called "J.J.'s Mondays" on the Monday immediately following the top-10 race finish.  

Details of the "J.J.'s Mondays" deal are:

    Free kids buffet with an adult buffet purchase at regular price

    Limit of two (2) free kids meals per adult buffet purchased.

"It's great to have Golden Corral as the primary sponsor on the No. 36 Chevrolet and there's definitely an added incentive to be racing for a Top 10 finish so that kids across the country can eat free at Golden Corral on Monday," said J.J. Yeley.

"We are pleased to be back at four superspeedway races with the No. 36 team.  We're pulling for some top 10 finishes so that we can share our Top 10 Kids Eat Free promotion with race fans," said Shelley Wolford, Vice President of National Marketing and Media at Golden Corral.

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Farmers Insurance, primary sponsor of leading NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and the #5 Team, has launched a new web site and Twitter handle – www.FarmersRacing.com and @Farmers Racing, respectively – to engage racing fans and Kahne fans throughout the 2013 NASCAR season with fun, interesting and exclusive content throughout the year. The new fan engagement venues will also include content and messaging to support the company's Plan to Performinitiative which will highlight the roles that proper planning and being smarter play in achieving success on the racetrack and in managing risk among individuals and families.

To help launch the new sites, Farmers is inviting fans at the Daytona 500, and those watching away from the Florida track, to join in a "Scavenger Hunt" to be eligible to win a variety of Kasey Kahne/Farmers Insurance prizes.

"Our new fan engagement venues – FarmersRacing.com and @FarmersRacing – will enable fans to enjoy a number of racing-themed activities throughout the season and gives fans a way to share their excitement of NASCAR and Kasey Kahne with fellow enthusiasts across the country," said Charles Browning, head of sponsorships and corporate giving for Farmers.  "As the season progresses we will add more exclusive content, provide more opportunities to win special prizes and give fans a fun and unique NASCAR experience."

To help launch the new portals, Farmers Insurance has launched a special Daytona 500/Kasey Kahne "Scavenger Hunt" for fans attending the race in person and a separate contest for those following the race from home.  As part of the contest, fans will be asked to do or answer five questions related to Kasey Kahne and his #5 Chevrolet team.  Prizes will include a variety of Kasey-autographed merchandise, as well as other NASCAR/Kahne items. Complete contest rules are available at www.FarmersRacing.com.  Fans can also follow all the action and share their views on Kasey's success via Facebook.com/FarmersRacing.

As the Farmers Plan to Perform campaign develops further in the coming weeks, race fans will notice how Kasey Kahne and his team develop well-defined plans for each race and how Farmers Insurance, through its network of highly-trained agents, helps consumers develop their own well-defined risk management plans to help guide them to their own "Victory Lane".

All the exciting action begins this weekend, Feb. 24, when Kasey and the crew line-up in the new No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Kahne hopes to build upon his 2012 success where he finished with two Sprint Cup race wins and a career-best fourth-place result in the season ending championship point standings, the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, Inc. (OTC QB:  DJRT), a "Full Throttle" lifetime experience company, announced today that the Company will soon be offering consumers and corporate event planners the opportunity to navigate some of the country's most popular road courses choosing from Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and a variety of other exciting exotic sports cars.

Currently, the company is in the process of acquiring its fleet of exotic sports cars and negotiations have begun to secure the initial road racing venues.  The Company will be launching the new racing adventure in the Southeast beginning this summer.

According to CEO Tim Shannon, "Our decision to expand into the world of exotic sports cars was in response to growing demand, from corporate event planners and the public to offer this unique racing experience.  Our research confirms that, while our operations will require only minor enhancements in order to expand our product mix, we'll be able to capture this new market niche and will be attracting another distinct demographic.  Simply put, our exotic sports cars won't be competing against our NASCAR style racing adventures for business.  Instead, the two racing adventures will be working side by side to expand our potential market exponentially."

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Raw power gets a stamp of its own today when seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty helps dedicate the America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps.

Petty, his son Kyle and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will dedicate the limited-edition stamps at the Daytona International Speedway where "The King" won a record seven Daytona 500 Championships.

Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, these high-performance vehicles began roaring across America in the 1960s. The limited edition stamps feature five iconic muscle cars: the '66 Pontiac GTO, the '67 Shelby GT-500, the '69 Dodge Charger Daytona, the '70 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda and the '70 Chevelle SS.

"The Muscle Cars stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history," said Richard Petty. "These examples of raw power bring back fond memories for me and my family, a testament to how aerodynamics transformed racing. I've been around racing and muscle cars all my life. These stamps bring back the memories of our racing heritage in the '60s and '70s. This is a great way to share our stories, old and new, about the Petty history in racing."

"The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "Just looking at the stamps evokes a feeling of speed. As Forever stamps, they'll always be good for mailing a First-Class letter anytime in the future. And when you think about it, that's fitting. Because these stamps—just like the great cars they represent—are timeless."

The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issuance in the America on the Move stamp series. The artwork was created by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park, CA, under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman of North Las Vegas, NV. Other issuances in the series, '50s Sporty Cars (2005) , followed by '50s Fins and Chrome (2008) , were the work of artist Art Fitzpatrick of Carlsbad, CA.

The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

1966 Pontiac GTO
The Pontiac GTO ushered in the American muscle-car era in the mid-1960s, just as the first baby boomers began to come of age. The first GTO was born when engineers dropped a 389-cubic-inch V8 engine, which was built for a full-size sedan, into an intermediate-size Pontiac Tempest LeMans. Initially offered simply as an option on the Tempest LeMans, the GTO — which in Italian stood for Gran Turismo Omologato, or in English, Grand Touring Homologated — became its own model in 1966.

Available as a hardtop, coupe or convertible, the 1966 Pontiac GTO was equipped with a standard 335-horsepower V8 engine. The "Goat" could really move. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. It also looked much different than its predecessors. Starting in 1966, the car featured curvy Coke-bottle styling and a split grille.  

1967 Shelby GT-500
Manufacturer Carroll Shelby's take on the Ford Mustang reflected his roots as a race car driver. The 1967 Shelby GT-500 was powered by a 428-cubic-inch, 355-horsepower Police Interceptor engine. The car also featured a rear spoiler and optional dealer-installed LeMans stripes. Rocker panel stripes came standard on the 1967 Shelby GT-500, which also sported grille-mounted headlights. A scooped fiberglass hood, extended nose, and interior roll bar and shoulder harnesses further enhanced the race car feel.

The 1967 Shelby GT-500 was more than just a racer. The improved suspension softened the ride, resulting in a vehicle that was comfortable to drive on the highway as well as on the track. The car was both striking and rare; only 2,048 were built. A customized or original version of the 1967 Shelby GT-500 has appeared in contemporary movies and magazines, rekindling American pop culture's fascination with the model. In 2007, Ford reintroduced the Shelby GT-500 into the Mustang model lineup.

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The outrageously styled 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was designed to dominate on the racetrack. The car, which underwent wind-tunnel testing before its release, took the checkered flag at its NASCAR debut in September 1969 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega. The production version of the car was powered by a standard 440-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower Magnum engine. A limited number of Daytonas also were available with a 426-cubic-inch Hemi, a race-inspired engine Chrysler introduced earlier that decade. Chrysler first used a version of the Hemi — a high-performance engine with hemispherical combustion chambers — in automobiles in the 1950s.

Concealed headlights, fender-mounted scoops, a nearly 2-foot tall, rear-mounted wing and an 18-inch nose piece helped boost aerodynamics. Other signature touches were thick body stripes containing the word "DAYTONA." The distinctive vehicles were not easy to come by. In order to qualify for NASCAR racing, at least 500 Daytonas had to be made available for purchase. Only 503 were produced.

1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, a performance-oriented alter-ego of the standard 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, oozed power. The car's 426-cubic-inch Hemi engine was a 425-horsepower beast. The car was part of what Plymouth called "The Rapid Transit System." The 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda was "our angriest, slipperiest-looking body shell wrapped around ol' King Kong hisself," one advertisement bellowed.

One of the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda's more audacious features was a Shaker hood scoop, which vibrated as air flowed through to the engine's two four-barrel carburetors. The car's styling was an extension of its bold ethos. It was available in a variety of eye-popping color choices, such as Lemon Twist, Lime Light and Vitamin C. Hockey-stick shaped stripes denoting engine size, a shifter handle shaped like a pistol grip and bucket seats also were offered. The model also is a rare specimen, as fewer than 700 were produced.

1970 Chevelle SS
With features like optional twin racing stripes, the 1970 Chevelle SS looked fierce. SS stood for Super Sport, a fitting designation for this power car. A 396-cubic-inch engine was available, but a 454-cubic-inch engine option gave the 1970 Chevelle SS credibility among muscle car enthusiasts. Two versions of the 454 engine were available: the 360-horsepower LS-5 and the 450-horsepower LS-6. For its sheer power, the latter has become legendary among car buffs.

The LS-6-propelled 1970 Chevelle SS was enough to finish in the 13-second range in quarter-mile tests. Optional Cowl Induction, a flap on the bulged hood that allowed cold air to flow into the engine, added even more kick. In addition to its impressive road performance, the 1970 Chevelle SS also was known for its unique style. Available as a coupe or a convertible, it featured a black grille and SS emblems on both the grille and the rear bumper.

Customers may view the America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps, as well as many of this year's other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps , on Twitter @USPSstamps  or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview . Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service's online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at usps.com/stamps or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Muscle Cars Stamps
Postmaster
500 Bill France Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 22, 2013.

Ordering First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

Philatelic Products

Seven philatelic products are available:

  • 470506 Muscle Cars uncut press sheet — a unique way to showcase an exciting era in American automotive history and perfect for framing, this 36.25-inch x 12.6-inch press sheet with die-cuts contains 10 sheets of 20 Muscle Cars Forever stamps positioned five across by two down. Maximum order 5. $92
  • 470508 Muscle Cars uncut press sheet (without die cuts). Maximum order 5. $92
  • 470510  Muscle Cars Digital Color Postmark Keepsake — Teeming with horsepower, this collectible package includes a sheet of 20 Muscle Cars Forever stamps and a set of five number 6 envelopes — each with a different, affixed Muscle Cars stamp and a First-Day-of-Issue color postmark. $17.95
  • 470516 Muscle Cars First-Day Cover — Rev up your collection with this dynamic set of five first-day covers. Each number 6 envelope features a different affixed Muscle Cars Forever stamp and a First-Day-of-Issue black pictorial postmark. $4.50
  • 470530 Muscle Cars Ceremony Program — Celebrate an exciting era in automotive history and the Muscle Cars Forever first day of issue with an official ceremony program and cover. The full-color, custom-designed program features the first-day ceremony agenda and participants on one side, with a narrative about these iconic cars and the stamp designs on the reverse. $6.95
  • 470524 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (silver matt w/stamps) — Roar down memory lane with this ready-to-hang artwork that displays a sheet of the 2013 limited edition Muscle Cars Forever stamps.  The dynamic stamp designs depict five iconic muscle cars: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-100, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS.  The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issuance in the America on the Move stamp series. The stamp artwork was created by Tom Fritz under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman.  This 13" x 14" art features a silver mat, chrome-colored frame, non-breakable plexi-glass to protect the stamps, and a dust cover on the back.  A saw tooth hanger is installed on the back for easy wall display. $39.95
  • 470525 Muscle Cars Framed Stamp Art (car sketch collage mat w/stamps) — Roar down memory lane with this ready-to-hang artwork that features a sheet of the 2013 limited edition Muscle Cars Forever stamps.  The dynamic stamp designs depict five iconic muscle cars: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-100, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS.  The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issuance in the America on the Move stamp series. The stamp artwork was created by Tom Fritz under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman.  The 13" x 14" art is comprised of a mat bearing a collage of muscle car sketches, chrome-colored frame, non-breakable plexi-glass to protect the stamps, and a dust cover on the back.  A saw tooth hanger is installed on the back for easy wall display. $39.95

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An engine turned sour derailed a promising run for Scott Riggs and the No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ Chevrolet in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

"That was about to get fun," said Riggs after a blown engine knocked him out of the race on lap 26. "We had a really good truck. (Crew chief) Mike (Hester) and these guys put a good piece under me. It was stable and was great in the draft. We had a truck that could have finished in the top five."

After starting 18th, Riggs quickly put the No. 92 in the top 10 in the running order, despite being in the slower-moving top lane for his entire 26-lap run.

The No. 92 finished in 35th place.

"Sure, it's disappointing," said Hester as the team loaded the truck to head back to North Carolina. "We had a great truck and Scott was doing a heck of a job. But these things happen in racing. We will take the truck back to Cerro Gordo (N.C.) and see what the problem was with the engine and work with our supplier to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"It wasn't the finish we wanted, but I'm encouraged by the progress we've made."

The team will be back on track at Martinsville Speedway on April 6 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action.

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