(Posted Fri. Sep 5th, 2014)
Pull your hat down tight and buckle up for a wild ride this weekend as one of NASCAR’s most dramatic races of the season unfolds in Richmond, Virginia. It’s make-or-break time for a dozen drivers fighting to take one of the two remaining spaces in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and American Ethanol will be center stage.
American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon remains on the short list of those still in a position to make the championship, so he will attracting a lot of eyes as he hits the track in a full American Ethanol paint scheme on his No. 3 Chevrolet. To earn a spot, he must win the Federated Auto Parts 400, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, airing on ABC. He should be doubly motivated because the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor remains in play, with Dillon continuing his season-long battle with Kyle Larson.
Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings leading into the race, with this weekend determining the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders. According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Sprint Cup Series in Most Laps Completed (6,936), which is great for American Ethanol TV time.
Since the program launch for the 2011 season, NASCAR drivers in all three series have run more than 6 million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15.
A big part of the American Ethanol program since its inception has been positive visibility in the sport, and that will continue in Richmond this weekend with the program’s 10th major activation of the season. Representatives onsite will staff the Biofuels Mobile Education Center all weekend, answering fans questions about higher ethanol blends such as E15 and E85 in the sport and in consumer’s personal rides. The education-oriented trailer has resulted in thousands of personal interactions with fans throughout the season.