[ Some characters may be displayed incorrectly. ] First-Ever "Minnesota Motorsports Gives Back" Event at Elko Speedway a Huge Hit Best Buy Racing giving back as Minnesotans take in the dirt action while supporting charity Elko, MN July 8, ...
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First-Ever "Minnesota Motorsports Gives Back" Event at Elko Speedway a
Best Buy Racing giving back as Minnesotans take in the dirt action while supporting charity
Elko, MN July 8, 2010--From sponsor gift bags for the fans to truckloads of dirt being piled on the asphalt surface at Elko Speedway, Thursday's Minnesota Motorsports Gives Back had a little bit of everything as Minnesota-based companies banded together to give the fans a day to remember while also raising funds for several charities.
Miss Sprint Cup as well as NASCAR drivers AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Jason Leffler were all part of the day, which opened up with an autograph session at Mall of America before moving to Elko Speedway, which went from an asphalt bullring to a dirt track in preparation for the event. The first-ever Minnesota Motorsports Gives Back day was coordinated by Minnesota-based businesses Best Buy, 3M, General Mills, and Great Clips.
The days program created several opportunities for fans to meet the drivers, get autographs, and spend a little bit of time talking racing before the drivers took to the track, which had tons of dirt placed atop the asphalt surface just for the occasion.
In the first segment, Clint Bowyer was out shown by Roush pilot Greg Biffle for the win before the field was flipped for the final.
While many expected the highly experienced dirt racer Bowyer to cap a win in his General Mills-liveried machine, it was the Great Clips car of Jason Leffler that came through for the win in the second segment as he held Bowyer off for the victory.
The dirt action was a hit with fans, but the drivers also worked hard to make sure the attention was where it was needed, as Victory Junction Gang Camp, Minnesota Military Families, and the Greg Biffle Foundation were the targeted charities for the event.
"It was pretty interesting jumping in a new car at a new track that had just been turned into a dirt track!" said Allmendinger. "Clint, Greg, Jason and I all had to kind of go with the flow but we had a good time. It was great that Best Buy was able to work with General Mills, 3M, and Great Clips to not only recognize how much Minnesota and the people here help us do what we love, but also raise some money for some great charities."
"It's great to get out here for some good causes," said Bowyer as he prepared to head to Chicago. "Elko Speedway is a top notch facility, and it's places like this that are real the heart of NASCAR Racing and what we do."
For Best Buy Racing's AJ Allmendinger, it's back to his day job this weekend as he debuts a new look with the No. 43 as Geek Squad will adorn the Best Buy Ford Fusion as the NASCAR Sprint Cup visits Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400.
-source: walldinger racing