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Parnelli Jones to accept Eagle One-Shav Glick Award Sunday at California Speedway.
American auto racing icon Parnelli Jones is scheduled to accept the third annual Eagle One-Shav Glick Award during ceremonies this Sunday (April 28) at the California Speedway prior to the NAPA 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.
Winning the 1963 Indianapolis 500 was the highlight of Jones' many accomplishments. The Eagle One-Shav Glick Award, named in honor of the long-time "Los Angeles Times" motorsports writer, is presented for outstanding achievement in motorsports by a Californian. Dan Gurney was the first recepient in 2000 and NHRA founder Wally Parks was last year's winner.
WHAT: Presentation of Eagle One-Shav Glick Award to Parnelli Jones.
WHEN: Sunday, April 28. Ceremony and photo-op between 11-11:15 a.m.
WHERE: California Speedway, victory lane area.
NASCAR: MaxLife Corvette at Fontana
Valvoline's activities surrounding this Sunday's NAPA 500 Winston Cup race at California Speedway includes more than Johnny Benson driving the No. 10 Eagle One Pontiac. A 1956-model Corvette convertible is the centerpiece of the 75-day "MaxLife 75K Relay for Kids" which is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum. The car is scheduled to be at the popular Dave and Buster's sports bar, at the Ontario Mills Mall minutes from California Speedway, Friday (April 26) and displayed near the Speedway's main spectator entrance Saturday and Sunday.
The Relay gives the public a chance to drive the MaxLife Corvette for a $1 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The goal, over 75 days, is to have 7,500 participants drive the car and Valvoline will donate $75,000 to BBBSA. Cities along the relay route are (in order): Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Akron, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington, New York, Washington, D.C., Roanoke, Knoxville, Atlanta, and will finish in Daytona Beach.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF AMERICA UPDATE: Johnny Benson's performance in the No. 10 Valvoline Pontiac, combined with contributions from Valvoline and NASCAR fans, has brought the current total raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 1999 to $757,937. Valvoline is donating $5,000 for every Winston Cup race Benson wins, $2,500 for each pole, $1,000 for a top-10 finish, $500 for a top-20 result and $20 per lap Benson leads in this "Caring Hands" program. Valvoline has doubled its commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters this season by donating the above amount not only to the national BBBSA mentoring program, but also a matching contribution to a local BBBSA chapter selected prior to each Winston Cup event. That chapter for this Sunday's race at California Speedway is Anchorage, Alaska.
NHRA: Worsham Runs for MaxLife
Del Worsham, currently second to John Force in the Funny Car standings, will race under the colors of Valvoline's MaxLife motor oil brand at this weekend's Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. It's the second of three scheduled events in the MaxLife Pontiac Firebird for Worsham, who won his eighth career Funny Car race earlier this season at Firebird Raceway. Valvoline is an associate sponsor of Worsham's Checker Schuck's Kragen machine and the agreement calls for the MaxLife car to be run at Houston, Bristol and next weekend's Southern Nationals.
Also: Ron Krisher, who opened the NHRA POWERade season with four consecutive No. 1 qualifying runs in the Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier, is the elapsed time (6.930 seconds) and speed (199.23 mph) record-holder at Bristol. He's sixth in Pro Stock points. Krisher won at Las Vegas, and now has qualified for an amazing 52 consecutive events in the ultra-competitive class, where 36 cars typically try for 16 final-day spots . . . Working with new crew chief Wayne Dupuy and basically an all-new crew, 2001 Rookie of the Year Darrell Russell is tied for ninth in the Top Fuel standings and had his best qualifying effort (seventh) of the season in the most recent race at Houston. Valvoline is in its 19th season as a sponsor of the Joe Amato-owned Bilstein Engine Flush dragster
Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Hines, No. 1 qualifier in the season opener on the Eagle One Suzuki, has a "hot" record at Atlanta Dragway, site of the third bike race of the season May 3-5. Hines won the Southern Nationals in 1998 and was runner-up in 1997, 1999 and again last season. He also was No. 1 qualifier in '98 and 2001.