NASCAR News for Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sprint Cup Teams Raise Money for Paralyzed Veterans

Several Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Richard Petty Motorsports’ Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, A.J. Allmendinger, and Reed Sorenson, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch, showed up for the inaugural running of the “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” race Tuesday night in Mooresville, NC to benefit and raise funds for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“The King”, Richard Petty, served as honorary chairman of the event and waved the green flag to commence the four hour endurance event following his fitting command to the drivers to “Crank ’em up” in lieu of the standard “Gentleman, start your engines.” Winning the event was Kurt Busch’s foundation, raking in $60,000. Other driver foundations supporting the event were the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Foundation, the Kasey Kahne Foundation and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

The event continues Petty’s three-year relationship with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization he feels needs more support.

“The Paralyzed Veterans don’t get a lot of PR, and our main concern was to get them some PR because people donate money to it – this is not a government-sponsored operation, and a lot of people don’t know that,” Petty said. “This was something to make some money but also bring some awareness so when people in the grandstands see the car or see PVA, they understand that these people need help. These are the people we are trying to look after that had been looking after [us]. We’re trying to help them get back into society, not just say, ‘Thank you for what you’ve done’ and push them off somewhere.”

The Paralyzed Veterans of America has 34 chapters across the United States and helps thousands of veterans through its 71 regional offices.

ConstructionJobs.com Signs With JTG Daugherty Racing for Three Nationwide Races

JTG Daughtery Racing has announced a partnership with ConstructionJobs.com, the number one job board dedicated to the construction industry, for three upcoming Nationwide Series races at Dover, Nashville and Milwaukee. The company will serve as the primary sponsor for the aforementinoed races with Michael McDowell, driver of the JTG Daughtery Racing No. 47 Toyota manning the controls.

ConstructionJobs.com will also serve as an associate sponsor for Marcos Ambrose through two races including the May 30th run at the Monster Mile in Dover, DE.

McDowell is optimistic about the partnership but is concious of the fact that to remain competitive a long-term primary sponsorship is crucial.

“We really are trying everything we can to make it to the end [of the season], and this is just one step further to get to that point,” McDowell said. “We’re going to grow the program as quickly as we can, but, hopefully, we can finish out the season. It’s a matter of us doing a good job on the track and off the track. If we can grow ConstructionJobs.com to what we think it will be, then we will be able to do a lot more races.”

JTG Daughtery Racing co-owner, Tad Geschickter, feels that maintaining solid sponsorship is crucial in the development of young drivers, and though the JTG Daughtery Racing team has maintained sponsorship from Tom’s and Pacific Packaging group for it’s Nationwide program, Geschickter knows that more is needed to progress young drivers to the next echelon of competition.

“We’re really committed to continuing to develop drivers,” Geschickter said. “We’ve got to become a multicar Cup team, and the best way to do that is to leverage the Nationwide Series as a platform, as we did with Marcos to learn, be around these tracks and learn from the best.”

McDowell currently sits 11th in the Nationwide Series standings.

CWTS Driver Fontaine Nabs Sponsor for Dover Race

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine, driver of the No. 84 Chris Fontaine Racing Chevy has attained sponsorship via the FRAXA Research Foundation for the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway on the 29th of May.

The foundation labors to find treatments and a cure for all individuals diagnosed with Fragile X—the most common cause of Autism. The foundation, based out of Newburypoint, MA, has given in excess of $17 million dollars toward research based initiatives.

Fontaine is excited about the sponsorship and the opportunity to spread the word about the cause.

“NASCAR has the ability to reach so many people and affect such a vast number of lives, we hope with fans evolvement, to have a better understanding and find a cure for those affected by Fragile X Syndrome.”

The AAA 200 airs this Friday at 8:00 ET on Speed.

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