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Jesus Hernandez Hoping to Make More Headlines Drive for Diversity Graduate Looking to Impress in Front of Cup Owners Huntersville, N.C. (September 15, 2009) -- Jesus Hernandez, one of NASCAR's most successful Drive for Diversity graduates, will...

Jesus Hernandez Hoping to Make More Headlines
Drive for Diversity Graduate Looking to Impress in Front of Cup Owners

Huntersville, N.C. (September 15, 2009) -- Jesus Hernandez, one of NASCAR's most successful Drive for Diversity graduates, will be back behind the wheel for the next two Camping World East Series races. Hernandez will drive the Chivas/Telmex/Z-Line Designs Dodge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept.18 and Dover International Speedway on Sept. 25. Both events will be companion races to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and televised nationally on SPEED Channel.

In a series that includes teams and drivers affiliated with NASCAR Sprint Cup-level organizations, Hernandez has notched four consecutive top-10 finishes, with the most recent coming Aug. 15 at Lime Rock Park where he finished sixth. Hernandez's two top-five and five top-10 finishes on the season overall prove he, too, is a race contender who can be the first American-Mexican to win in the Camping World East Series. Hernandez is also looking forward to racing on the bigger stage.

"Yeah, it seems we get some more attention when we are racing with the Cup program," said Hernandez. "These next two weeks will give us a chance to really prove ourselves. I'm looking to build something for next season and good runs always help when the Cup owners can see you."

Hernandez is a star graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, a development system designed to attract minorities to the sport as owners, drivers or crew members. After completing the program in 2008, the 27-year-old driver has gone on to rack up the most successful finishes of any driver graduate since the program's 2004 inception.

"This was another good season," continued Hernandez. "Troy (Williams) and his team helped me out by putting me in their seat. We've had a lot of success, but we still need to build this program and we'd like to do it with the Hispanic community. We're ready to move to the Nationwide Series and take the next step forward."

Hernandez is competing in his third season in the Camping World East Series and is also a current employee and test driver for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.

-credit: jhPR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jesus Hernandez
Teams Williams , Chip Ganassi Racing