Martin's win big for Big Brothers Big Sisters ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 22, 1999) Mark Martin's 30th career NASCAR Winston Cup Series victory Sunday at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham earned $6,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the...
Martin's win big for Big Brothers Big Sisters
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Feb. 22, 1999) Mark Martin's 30th career NASCAR Winston Cup Series victory Sunday at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham earned $6,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the first performance-based donation from Valvoline, which has set a goal of raising $1 million and recruiting 10,000 new volunteers.
Valvoline will contribute $5,000 for every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race Martin wins this season, $2,500 for every Bud Pole Award, and $20 for every lap he leads. This "Caring Hands" program also includes 15 trackside fund-raisers the next one is March 7 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- where fans can place their handprints on a large canvas wall. Valvoline will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for every set of handprints and fans will be encouraged to match that contribution. Valvoline President James J. O'Brien, a Big Brother since 1997, kicked off the program by presenting a $50,000 check to BBBSA National Executive Director Tom McKenna at a Feb. 11 news conference at Daytona.
Martin unofficially led 50 laps at Rockingham, worth $1,000. That brings Valvoline's total contribution to BBBSA to $56,000 just 10 days into the program.
"I've never been more proud to be associated with Valvoline," said Martin, named an honorary Big Brother. "We've been together for 10 years, and the loyalty and support I've received from Valvoline has everything to do with where I am today, with where this sport is today. The fantastic growth of NASCAR presents a platform for us to give back. We're stepping up on the platform -- and inviting our fans to join us -- to help raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America."
The victory ties Martin's personal best by reaching Victory Lane in just the second race of the season. He won in Richmond, Va., in 1990's second event. Rockingham was the site of Mark's first Winston Cup triumph in 1989.
Martin, owner Jack Roush and Valvoline are celebrating "A Decade of Speed" in 1999, the 10th consecutive year they have been together in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The only other driver/owner/sponsor combination to have been intact throughout the 1990s is Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress and GM Goodwrench Service.
Source: NASCAR Online