(Posted Mon. Jul 2nd, 2012)
July 2: Last weekend, American Ethanol raced into the Kentucky spotlight as spokesman Austin Dillon triumphed with a first-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. Immediately following the victory, which pushed Dillon into first-place in the overall standings for the series, he thanked his sponsors for their support, mentioning American Ethanol by name.
“While it is always exciting to see how NASCAR fans are beginning to really embrace ethanol, this weekend was exceptional,” said National Corn Growers Association NASCAR Advisory Committee Chair Martin Barbre. “Between Austin’s win and the American Ethanol hoopla in the campgrounds, the energy growing behind both ethanol and the corn farmers who make it possible was palpable. Our work is really gaining momentum and, like the cars it sponsors, will soon bring home another win for rural America.”
While Dillon’s win put American Ethanol in the ears of NASCAR fans across the country, activities sponsored by NCGA, the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy, with the help of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, put American Ethanol on flagpoles, cars, trucks, RVs, tents and a variety of other creative locations across the race campgrounds. Green American Ethanol starter flags, of which 3,000 were distributed, blanketed the camping area all weekend. NASCAR fans displaying the flags had the opportunity to be rewarded for their support of NASCAR’s Green E15 fuel as American Ethanol ambassadors roamed intermittently distributing prizes.
Finishing in eleventh place, RAB racing’s Kenny Wallace also participated in the Nationwide race sporting a new joint paint scheme promoting “American Ethanol from Family Farmers.”