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Josh Richards Calling Attention to the Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research at Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. (June 9, 2010) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Racing for Wildlife 200 will mark Josh...

Josh Richards Calling Attention to the Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research at Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, Mich. (June 9, 2010) - The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards Racing for Wildlife 200 will mark Josh Richards' first race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Although he tested on the two mile oval with BCR Racing in the ARCA Racing Series' open test in May, Friday will be his first time competing at MIS in the No. 99 Ford Fusion powered by Roush Yates Engines.

The West Virginia native's car will feature the Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research and Roush Yates Performance Products for his first race with Howard Bixman's team.

Owner and crew chief for the No. 99 entry, Bixman said, "I'm excited about going to MIS with the Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research/Roush Yates Performance Products Ford Fusion this weekend. We had a great test back in May working on race runs and getting Josh comfortable with the track, crew and the car. He did a great job and also got some good track time. MIS is a track that requires good horsepower and we have that with Roush Yates Engines."

Richards notes, "I'm looking forward to going to Michigan with Howard and BCR Racing with a Roush Yates Engine under the hood. I have a lot of confidence in the Roush Yates engine program, and I've been successful this year running with their engines in my dirt late model. I'm really looking forward to competing at Michigan in the ARCA Racing Series with Roush Yates horsepower."

In Richards' first outing with a Roush Yates engine, he scored a victory in Hagerstown Speedway's dirt late model race.

"Josh is a great driver and is a champion in others series," said Bixman referring to Richards' 2009 championship in the World of Outlaw's Late Model Series. "Making the transformation to asphalt is a big step, and he has done a great job with it. I look forward to being in a position at the end of the race to compete for a great finish."

Piloting the No. 99 Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research/Roush Yates Performance Products Ford this weekend, Richards hopes to bring awareness to the foundation, named in honor of a fellow racer's son, while increasing donations to help the cause.

The son of dirt late model driver Brandon Kinzer, Will Kinzer is the namesake of the foundation. The Kinzer family set up the foundation to help fund research and assist families with the cost of therapy and education for children with autism. Donations made to the foundation provide funding to children to attend the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. The Highlands Center is a year-round therapy program for children on the autism spectrum, and the cost per child is $60,000 per year.

-source: brc racing

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