Best Buy No. 43 Crew Chief Scores Second in Charity Fishing Tournament
Doing some good while having some fun is the MIS Cares way...

Brooklyn, MI 14 August 2010-- On race day, AJ Allmendinger counts on his Richard Petty Motorsports Crew Chief Mike Shiplett to help him get the most out of the No. 43 Insignia HDTV/Best Buy Ford Fusion.

But this weekend, AJ learned he can also count on him in another category as Shiplett stepped down from the pit box to take part in Friday's "Fish Your Bass Off" tournament at Jerry's Pub & Restaurant on scenic Wampler's Lake just minutes from the speedway.

The tournament, hosted by Michigan International Speedway's non-profit arm, MIS Cares, raised funds in a really fun way as several teams hit the lake in an all-out sprint to bring in as much as possible as the clock ticked off the minutes.

Stepping up to the plate, Shiplett did the Best Buy/Insignia HDTV group proud as his team came home second at the weigh-in.

After docking at Jerry's Pub in Brooklyn, Michigan, Shiplett celebrated with his new-found friends as everyone rocked out to some Lynyrd Skynyrd at Jerrys Pub.

"You don't need to give me an excuse to go fishing, so when I can do it for charity it's good for everyone!" joked Shiplett, who saw his driver finish fourth last weekend at Watkins Glen. "It's great to get the chance to do something fun like this with the MIS Cares folks and raise some money as well. I'm a pretty competitive person, so I was hoping we'd end up on top but second will have to do this time. Thanks to everyone at MIS for inviting me to do this and of course to Jerry's Pub for hosting us all!""

-source: walldinger racing