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Top News 04-19-13

MWR and RFR set to honor marathon bombing victims

Michael Waltrip Racing and Roush Fenway Racing will pay tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Door numbers on MWR’s 3 Sprint Cup Series entries, No’s 15,55, and 56 will replicate the design of the 2013 Boston Marathon bib worn by 30,000 runners in this years race. Monday’s attack hit close to home for MWR founder and owner Michael Waltrip, who participated in the 2000 running of the Boston Marathon.

“The news coming out of Boston this week was very personal to me,” Waltrip said. “When I ran the Boston Marathon in 2000, I remember thinking about what a privilege it was to participate and all the hard work it took to be there. When you can see those international flags flying in Copley Square, you know you’re about to complete your journey. I know the joy those runners were feeling at that moment when their worlds changed.
55 car“It was a great moment of pride when they pinned the Boston Marathon bib on me so I thought it would be great to ‘pin’ bib numbers on our race cars this week in Kansas. I want to thank our sponsors and NASCAR for giving us permission to show our support. We want the victims of the attack, the brave men and women who helped after the explosions and the city of Boston to know we’re thinking of them and will support them any way we can.”

Roush Fenway Racing will pay tribute and support for the City of Boston with a “B Strong” tribute. The Roush Fords will carry special decals and team owner Jack Roush will donate $100 for every lap the team leads during Sunday’s STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.
“When events occur such as what happened earlier this week in Boston, it’s our nature to be overwhelmed with a variety of emotions,” Roush said. “To have to withstand an act of such senselessness and cowardice against innocent people is disheartening to us all. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire city of Boston.
“As Americans, we can all be proud of the way the city of Boston and the entire nation has banded together in the wake of this tragedy. We’re proud of our Boston connections and feel privileged to be able to play a very small part in supporting the ‘B-Strong’ effort.”

Starr and Niece team up for Kansas

David Starr and the #81 SS Green Light Racing team will have a combination of some new and old faces at Kansas Speedway this weekend for the SFP 250.

Crew chief Jason Miller is back on top of the #81 pit box this week and Niece Companies of Austin,Texas and Fort Scott,Texas will be the primary sponsor for Starr and the #81 truck this weekend at Kansas.

Niece Equipment and Niece Products rent and sell water trucks and fuel and lube trucks to the construction and mining industries. Niece employs over 100 employees at its two facilities and not only does Niece service locally,regionally, and nationally but it is also a major exporter to Africa,Australia, and South America. Niece products are used in large mines,pits, and quarries.

“I’m looking forward to working with my old friend and crew chief Jason Miller again, and man I’m excited to have Niece on board with us. Al Niece is a good friend, he’s a racing enthusiast and he has a great company with great employees and we are excited to have him be part of our team and showcase the Niece Companies in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”
“I’ve done a little racing in sprint cars and stock cars a few years back, but this is our first foray into sponsorship in NASCAR racing. We are bringing some of our key employees up to the race and using the opportunity to thank some of our great customers,” said Al Niece. “In construction auto racing is very, very popular so we think this works well for us, we are looking forward to it.”

This weekend’s race at Kansas marks the 310th career start for Starr in the Camping World Truck Series. Starr has 4 wins, 47 top 5’s, and 106 top 10’s in 15 seasons in the NCWTS.

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