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NASCAR News for Friday, May 8, 2009

Atlanta Motor Speedway Suing Pep Boys For Nonpayment

SceneDaily reported on Thursday that Atlanta Motor Speedway is suing race sponsor Pep Boys for nonpayment of up to $1.6 million for the fall race at the track. AMS has claimed in the suit that Pep Boys did not make the $800,000 payment due on March 1, 2009.

Pep Boys claimed in a letter that they could terminate the contract after the race was moved to Labor Day weekend, saying that the “fall” race is now being held in the summer. AMS claims there was no complaint from Pep Boys when the move was announced.

A Pep Boys spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Billy Ballew and RAB Racing Teaming Up For Lowe’s Race

RAB Racing announced on Thursday that they will join forces with Billy Ballew Motorsports for the upcoming Camping World Truck Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 15. The two teams will work together to field the No. 09 Zaxby’s Toyota driven by RAB driver John Wes Townley.

Townley is a Rookie of the Year contender in the Nationwide series. He has made eight starts in the Camping World Series. Billy Ballew currently has two entries in the Truck Series.

“It’s such an honor to be running the No. 09 entry for Billy Ballew Motorsports,” stated Townley. “The team has had proven success on the track. Just being associated with such a top-notch organization is an honor.”

Dale, Jr. Foundation Announces New Initiatives

The Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Foundation announced on Thursday that three new initiatives have been created to help raise money for children’s charities. The charities to receive donations through these initiatives will be Make-A-Wish, March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies, The NASCAR Foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities.

For this week’s Southern 500, GoDaddy.com has donated 50 tickets to guests from the Victory Junction Gang, Make-A-Wish, and the Kid’s Wish Network. The tickets also include a pre-race chalet where the children will be guests.

“The Dale, Jr. Foundation is committed to helping underprivileged youth achieve their goals,” said Kelley Earnhardt, vice president and general manager of JR Motorsports. “Last year, with the help of all of our fans and supporters, we were able to donate to over 250 charitable organizations. This year we want to continue setting the bar higher for our charitable goals. These events surrounding the All-Star race are a great way to start our fundraising efforts for 2009.”

For more information see the foundation’s website http://www.thedalejrfoundation.org/05_09_09.html

Denny Hamlin’s “Short Track Showdown” Earns $100,000 For Foundation

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, recently hosted a “Short Track Showdown” at Southside Speedway in Virginia. Also featured in the 175-lap race with Hamlin were Gibbs teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, as well as former Gibbs champion Tony Stewart.

The race raised $100,000 for the Denny Hamlin Foundation. The donations will be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Hamlin said the cystic fibrosis cause was near to him, having a cousin who was diagnosed with the disease.

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