Daily Archives: February 20, 2014

American Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014

American Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014 [RCR]

American Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014 [RCR]

Welcome, N.C. - American Ethanol is enhancing its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and driver Austin Dillon for the 2014 NASCAR season. Beginning with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on March 2, Dillon will race the No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS in select races during the 2014 season.

“American Ethanol is extremely pleased to once again partner with Austin Dillon, Richard Childress and the entire RCR team to help promote a sustainable homegrown American fuel that is better for our environment, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates jobs right here in the U.S., while revitalizing rural economies across America and save consumers at the pump,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.

American Ethanol, launched by Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association along with the support of other partners, is a breakthrough brand that seeks to expand consumer awareness of the benefits of ethanol and E15. Since the program launch for the 2011 season, NASCAR drivers have run more than 5 million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15.

“We want to show the consumers coast-to-coast there is a great alternative to imported oil and our association with NASCAR and RCR is doing that extremely well,” said Jon Holzfaster, a Paxton, NE farmer and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s NASCAR Advisory Committee. “Ethanol is also responsible for bringing a rural renaissance from Main Street to the family farm.”

American Ethanol will also serve as a major associate sponsor for Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet for the full 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season joining Dow, Cheerios, Realtree Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops and the University of Northwestern Ohio.

“Homegrown biofuels like American Ethanol have stepped up to help our nation’s economy,” said Dillon. “NASCAR drivers have run more than 5 million competitive miles on Sunoco Green E15 and I know we will reach even more milestones together. I am proud to wear the American Ethanol colors in NASCAR and I hope I can bring them to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014.”

Dillon is an official spokesperson for American Ethanol, the most commercially-viable alternative that America currently has to offset the economic impact of foreign petroleum. Corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent. And by strengthening America’s energy independence, ethanol helps create American jobs – studies have shown that for every $1 sent overseas for oil, $1.55 leaves the U.S. economy.

[Richard Childress Racing]

Sport Clips Signs A Multi-Year Partnership Extension With Darlington Raceway

Sport Clips Signs Multi-Year Extension to Sponsor Darlington NNS Race [Darlington Raceway]

Sport Clips Signs Multi-Year Extension to Sponsor Darlington NNS Race [Darlington Raceway]

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Sport Clips Haircuts announced today it has extended its partnership agreement with Darlington Raceway to sponsor the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 through the 2016 season.

The agreement ensures that Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway will continue to build on an already strong foundation started in 2012. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 is slated to run under the lights at the track Too Tough to Tame on April 11, 2014.

“Sport Clips has been a fantastic partner and we are honored it is going to continue its relationship with Darlington Raceway for the next three years,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “We are proud that this great partner views Darlington Raceway as a valuable platform to increase awareness of its national veterans-support programs. Today’s announcement shows the strength of the relationship and our continued commitment to fostering meaningful lasting partnerships.”

Sport Clips will continue to use its NASCAR partnership to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW’s mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families.

As the “Official Haircutter” of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated more than $2 million to the organization through its annual “Help A Hero” campaign, which was established in 2007. Since their first contribution of more than $80,000, Sport Clips’ donations have increased annually. Earlier this year, Sport Clips made its most recent, and largest, donation of more than $520,000, benefiting the new VFW-administered “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program. The donations were collected by Sport Clips stylists, managers, and owners in-store and in their communities from October 14, 2013 to Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.

Through this recent contribution, Sport Clips and the VFW provided 43 spring semester scholarships and expect to provide more than 60 additional scholarships, of up to $5,000, for the fall 2014 semester. Eligible service members can now apply through April 30 at www.VFW.org/scholarship. The company also continues to support phone calls home for deployed and hospitalized service members through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ Free Call Days. To learn more about Help A Hero, visit www.sportclips.com/hero.

Darlington Raceway is also continuing its efforts to assist with Sport Clips’ Help A Hero platform. During the week of Tuesday, February 25 to Monday, March 3, the track will donate $2 for every ticket sold to the Help A Hero campaign. The $2 donation will be made on tickets purchased for both the Bojangles’ Southern 500 and VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200.

“Sport Clips looks forward to continuing our partnership with Darlington Raceway and the VFW in honor of our nation’s heroes,” said Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. “We support our service members while they serve overseas through phone calls home, and now, we’re proud to also support them in the next chapter of their lives through scholarships. I am grateful to our stores, clients, and partners, like Darlington Raceway, who have allowed Sport Clips to grow in our support of the VFW and their important work.”

Founded in 1899, the VFW is America’s largest major combat veterans’ organization.  The VFW offers several assistance programs to lessen the burden on active-duty military, veterans and their families; offers counsel and assistance to military veterans to navigate VA entitlement and disability claims; and actively lobbies Congress and the administration on issues that impact the lives of our nation’s veterans.

 “As an organization comprised of combat veterans, the VFW is truly grateful for the continued effort of Sport Clips and Darlington Raceway in helping support those who’ve sacrificed so much for all of us,” said VFW National Commander William A. Thien

Tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Friday, April 11 are now on sale. Remember, kids 12 and under are FREE for the race in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.

The track offers all current and retired military personnel a half-priced ticket for any adult admission to either the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 by calling 843-395-8802 or visiting the ticket office during normal business hours.

[Darlington Raceway]

LendingTree to Sponsor Parker Kligerman in Daytona 500

Photo of the No. 30 Toyota sponsored by Lending Tree to be driven by Parker Kligerman in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014. [Swan Racing Team]

Photo of the No. 30 Toyota sponsored by LendingTree to be driven by Parker Kligerman in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014. [Swan Racing Team]

Swan Racing announced today that they have signed LendingTree as the primary sponsor for Parker Kligerman and the No. 30 Toyota in the Daytona 500.

The cars first appearance on the track will be during the first Budweiser Duel tonight, which will air on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm est.

It also is the first appearance in NASCAR for LendingTree as a sponsor, leading to this quote from LendingTree founder and CEO, Doug Lebda:

We’re extremely excited to partner with Swan Racing in our first–ever involvement with NASCAR, and proud to support rookie driver Parker Kligerman at Daytona. LendingTree’s primary focus is to empower individuals, whether that’s empowering borrowers against big banks or empowering up-and-coming drivers against more established race teams.

Of course, driver Parker Kligerman is excited to hit the track with the backup car after yesterdays flip in practice:

The No. 30 LendingTree Toyota is ready to roll and we are looking forward to getting on track beginning with tonight’s Budweiser DUEL qualifying race and then Sunday’s Daytona 500.

It will be interesting to see how aggressive the team allows Kilgerman to be during the Duel race, considering they are basically locked into the Daytona 500 through a combination of their qualifying time and last years’ team points.

[Swan Racing Team]