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Top News
by Jeff Wolfe

Stenhouse, Roush Beef Up Nationwide Sponsorship

Fans of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won’t have to look hard when they ask, “where’s the beef?’’ They’ll just have to check out Stenhouse’s No. 6 car in the Nationwide Series. Roush-Fenway Racing announced Thursday (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2012-04-26/ricky-stenhouse-jr-sponsor-cargill-roush-fenway-racing-nascar) that it has a signed a 15-race sponsorship deal with Cargill Beef. The sponsorship will begin with tonight’s race at Richmond and nine other races that coincide with the grilling season. Cargill will also be on Stenhouse’s car for select races in September and October, helping fund the defending Nationwide champion as he seeks back-to-back titles in the series.

Cargill is using the sponsorship to teach consumers about the production and nutritional value of beef. But they also understand that Stenhouse teaching other drivers a thing or two on the racetrack will certainly help boost sales of their products.

“Grilling burgers is as American as NASCAR racing, and Ricky does a wonderful job as an ambassador for both,” said Tammy Shaw, Cargill Beef Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’ll leave the driving and car setup and race day maintenance to the team, and we’ll do our part to keep them well fueled with Cargill burgers and steaks.”

Stenhouse has two victories this year and is in second place in the standings, two points behind leader Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse also has partial sponsorship from Kellogg’s this season, but remains without primary funding for several races. His teammate, Trevor Bayne, remains on the sidelines with the No. 60 as Roush’s young drivers continue to fight for financing in this difficult NASCAR economy.

A case of Bumper Gate Invades Nationwide Series at Richmond

Six drivers on two Nationwide teams, including series points leader Elliott Sadler, had their front bumper covers confiscated from their cars after NASCAR inspection Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway in preparation for practice, qualifying and the race tonight. All three Richard Childress teams and all three Turner Motorsports teams had that piece of equipment confiscated by NASCAR. Along with Sadler, the other RCR drivers affected were Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick while James Buescher, Justin Allgaier, and Kasey Kahne were on the hook for Turner. Sadler, the points leader, has won two races this season and Buescher has one victory.

It’s unknown how severe the consequences will be or the specifics of what raised NASCAR’s “red flag” during the inspection process. However, no crew members were ejected from the track, meaning no additional penalties will come to fruition until next week.

Dover to Have Auction Package to Benefit Former PR Director

Dover International Speedway has created a special auction package for the June 3 Sprint Cup race to benefit former Public Relations director Al Robinson. The package includes two passes to a luxury suite, two pit passes, an overnight stay at the track’s hotel and casino, a complimentary breakfast at the hotel on June 4 and a Monster Racing four-lap ride on June 4.

To bid in the online auction visit http://bit.ly/DoverMonster. The auction ends on May 14, 2012. Robinson has been involved in racing for more than 40 years in various capacities and served as public relations director at Dover International Speedway for more than a decade. On May 11, 2011, he suffered a stroke which has left him in need of 24-hour care. Robinson is confined to Elderwood Care Facility in Waverly, N.Y., and has been undergoing physical therapy to regain his strength.

Due to mounting medical costs, Robinson is now facing a significant financial hardship. A group of Robinson’s friends have come together to create a family-oriented event on May 11-12, 2012 at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, N.Y. All proceeds from the event will go to Robinson.

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