"Family Farmers" take center stage again this weekend in Kentucky in front of millions of NASCAR fans as race car driver and sportscaster Kenny Wallace drives the No. 99 Family Farmers car. The Illinois corn checkoff has supported investments in NASCAR, American Ethanol, and Family Farmers to activate the sports tens of millions of fans to support the nation's family corn farmers.
You can see this activity in action for yourself at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on July 22. Illinois Corn Growers Association members can get a special ticket package to that race. Call the office for more information or visit the NASCAR section of the ilcorn.org website.
Event/Date: Feed the Children 300 - June 29, 2012
Venue: Kentucky Speedway
News & Notes:
- This Week's American Ethanol from Family Farmers Toyota ... Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing with Brack Maggard chassis No. 42 in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. This Toyota Camry made its 2012 debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where Kenny Wallace started 18th and finished 11th. Wallace then raced it at Auto Club Speedway, where he started sixth and finished seventh. In May, Travis Pastrana drove this chassis from a 42nd-place starting position to a 24th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Most recently, Wallace qualified this chassis in the tenth position at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month before engine problems took him out of contention prematurely.
- Wallace at Kentucky ... In nine Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky Speedway, Wallace boasts two top-10 and four top-20 finishes. His best showing at the 1.5-mile track is sixth, which the St. Louis-native posted in this event one year ago. Additionally, the nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 23.8 and an average finish of 22.8 at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.
- RAB at Kentucky ... RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has fielded Nationwide Series entries at Kentucky Speedway three times since 2009, with drivers John Wes Townley, Sean Caisse and Wallace, respectively. The team's best showing at the Sparta tri-oval is a sixth-place finish, which was posted by Wallace in 2011's running of the Feed the Children 300.
- Zipadelli at Kentucky ... Crew chief Scott Zipadelli has sat atop the pit box at Kentucky Speedway four times, boasting three top-10 finishes. His best finish at the 1.5-mile oval is sixth, where he has finished twice, with drivers Jason Leffler and Wallace.
- Happy Birthday, Boss ... Team owner Robby Benton will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Thursday, June 28.
- Rearview Mirror ... Victor Gonzalez Jr. started and finished 17th in the No. 99 Delta Commercial/IMCA Toyota Camry when the Nationwide Series raced last weekend at Road America.
- Get to the Points ... As we head into the 15th race of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, RAB Racing currently occupies the 21st position in the owner's points standings, only seven points out of the Top 20.
- Toyota Triumph ... Toyota Camrys have long been dominant at Kentucky Speedway. Toyota drivers have won three of the last four Nationwide Series races, and the track's only Sprint Cup Series race.
- Catch the Action ... Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway will be televised live Saturday, June 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2 and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Friday, June 28 beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT on SPEED.
Kenny Wallace Quotes:
"I am looking forward to driving the American Ethanol from Family Farmers Toyota Camry at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. This race wasn't originally on my schedule, but the folks at American Ethanol and all of the Family Farmers stepped up and made it happen. We finished sixth in this race last year. Knowing that we were fast in that race certainly gives us something to be excited about. We're going to be bringing the same Toyota Camry that we raced at Michigan two weeks ago. It was a very fast car all weekend, but we had an issue at the beginning of the race that took us out early."
Scott Zipadelli Quotes:
"I like Kentucky Speedway, and we have a good record there. It's a bumpy racetrack and the hot weather this time of year makes the track really slick. Combine that with the fact that we practice during the day and compete at night and it gets kind of tricky. Thankfully, we have some good notes to go off of last year and Kenny tends to run well here. I think our combined experience will help us achieve another Top-10 finish this weekend with our American Ethanol from Family Farmers Toyota Camry."