NASCAR Foundation news 2009-07-20

The NASCAR Foundation To Honor Rusty Wallace At Iowa Speedway July 30; Rusty's Roast And Track Walk Will Add To List Of Festivities That Weekend NEWTON, Iowa (July 20, 2009) -- Iowa Speedway will roll out the red carpet on July 30 to welcome ...

The NASCAR Foundation To Honor Rusty Wallace At Iowa Speedway July 30; Rusty's Roast And Track Walk Will Add To List Of Festivities That Weekend

NEWTON, Iowa (July 20, 2009) -- Iowa Speedway will roll out the red carpet on July 30 to welcome members of NASCAR and the local community to Rusty's Roast presented by Musco Lighting, a night of revelry and reflection on the life and career of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series legend Rusty Wallace.

Attendees will observe some of Wallace's closest friends and newly-minted antagonists, including ESPN sportscaster Marty Reid, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kenny Wallace, NASCAR President Mike Helton and NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton, honor and "roast" one of the legendary drivers in NASCAR. The event will highlight key moments from this former NASCAR champion's illustrious career, including his 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and 55 career wins, and point out some of those moments he would rather be forgotten.

The event will occur just days prior to the first ever NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway and will complement a number of activities scheduled to celebrate this historic weekend.

"We are honored and privileged to salute Rusty Wallace on behalf of Iowa Speedway and The NASCAR Foundation," said Stan Clement, Iowa Speedway chief executive officer. "Rusty is a special friend of the Clement family and, of course, a great promoter for Iowa Speedway. It means a lot to all of us to host a special evening for Rusty on behalf of The NASCAR Foundation, especially on the eve of our first NASCAR Nationwide Series race."

Rusty's Roast, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., will raise funds for The NASCAR Foundation, of which Wallace serves on the Board of Directors.

Musco Lighting, based in of Iowa, is the presenting sponsor of the event this year.

"Musco is pleased to sponsor Rusty's Roast and help The NASCAR Foundation further its support of deserving charitable initiatives," said Joe Crookham, president of Musco Lighting. "The Musco team believes in doing what is right because it's right and feels that helping those in need is a priority."

Fans are invited to submit congratulatory notes to Rusty on The NASCAR Foundation's Rusty Roast message board now through July 28. Select notes will then be shown on screens at the event.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, NASCAR fans and community members will get the opportunity to join in the festivities with Rusty for The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk presented by Hock Foods. The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk will give fans the unique opportunity to walk a lap around Iowa Speedway. The event kicks off at 8:45 a.m. and is $30 per adult in advance or $35 at the track. Children 14 and under are free with a registered adult. All walkers will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

The NASCAR Foundation embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities and uses the strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Since it launched in 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has saved more than 35,000 lives through its National Blood & Marrow Drive, granted 275 NASCAR-themed wishes, sent more than 500 kids to Victory Junction Gang Camp, recruited almost 10,000 fans to become part of a Volunteer Network and dedicated over $6.25 million in donations and non-profit programming.

Tables and individual seats for Rusty's Roast are still available; please contact Eleanor Hains at (704) 348-9680 or ehains@nascarfoundation.com for more information.

To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk, visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.

About The NASCAR Foundation The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.

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