Eckrich is sponsoring Aric Almorila and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford this weekend at Kentucky Speedway for the first of three events this season. Partnering with Eckrich is Operation Homefront. Eckrich has partnered with Operation Homefront to support military families by donating five cents from the purchase of specially-marked products, up to $200,000, from now through July 4.
“It’s cool to have Eckrich and Operation Homefront on the car this weekend,” said Almirola. “We met them at the Prelude to The Dream, but it’s really special to have everyone here at Kentucky for a Cup race. I was born on an Air Force base in Florida where my father worked, so I know that our service men and women sacrifice a ton, especially their families. The partnership between Eckrich and Operation Homefront is very special and I really support their efforts. We’ll also be hosting a military family as our guests and hopefully we can show them a good finish Saturday night.”
As we approach Independence Day, Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet has a special red, white and blue patriotic paint scheme. The colors reflect the special “Red, White and Blue Summer” packaging on the Budweiser bottles and cans as part of a summer initiative in which the brand will contribute a portion of all sales from May 20 – July 7 to help raise as much as $2.5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country.
Harvick spent Tuesday afternoon with Christopher Cash and his family at the RCR campus. Cash, who lost his father in 2004 during combat in Iraq, is a student at Appalachian State University, Folds of Honor Foundation scholarship recipient and now an intern with the foundation.
The No. 78 Chevy’s rear bumper and Regan Smith’s uniform will sport the “I Brake for Trains.” message again. This is part of CSX Transportation Play it Safe campaign to urge pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution around railroad crossings.
Marcos Ambrose is carrying the Mac Tools logo and colors on the No. 9 Ford Fusion for the second time this year at Kentucky Speedway. Ambrose has an outside shot to make the Chase with 10 races left in the regular season. He gained one spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after Sonoma and currently sits in 16th place.
“Kentucky is a fun track, and I’m excited to be going there this weekend and racing under the lights on Saturday,” stated Ambrose. “Night racing always adds extra intensity, and I expect this weekend to be no different. My team and I are really strong on the intermediate tracks like Charlotte and Texas, and Kentucky is a sister track to both of those venues. Our qualifying efforts and race results speak for themselves at the 1.5-mile speedways this year, and I’m looking forward to another strong run this weekend. We’ve got Mac Tools as a primary partner on the No.9 this weekend and we really want to put on a good showing for them and hopefully end up in Victory Lane at the end of the night.”
This is the only race that UPS will be adorned on a car in 2012. For the first time, UPS is on Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 99 Ford Fusion driven by Carl Edwards. Last year UPS was the primary sponsor for David Ragan in the RFR stable.
Quaker State and Menards collaborated on a consumer sweepstakes offer earlier this year for an all expenses paid trip for two to the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Saginaw, Michigan’s Mike Poineau will ride in an airplane for the first time to attend the race in Kentucky and meet Paul Menard, driver of the No. 27 Sylvania/Menards Chevrolet.
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