BUSCH: Richmond Int'l Raceway - driver tribute

VIRGINIA DRIVERS TO WEAR VIRGINIA TECH TRIBUTE HELMETS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND Richmond, VA (May 3, 2007)--Two NASCAR drivers are honoring the victims of last month's Virginia Tech tragedy with special paint schemes on...

VIRGINIA DRIVERS TO WEAR VIRGINIA TECH TRIBUTE HELMETS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND

Richmond, VA (May 3, 2007)--Two NASCAR drivers are honoring the victims of last month's Virginia Tech tragedy with special paint schemes on their helmets at Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series races. Morgan McClure Motorsports drivers Ward Burton (No. 4 State Water Heaters Chevrolet, NEXTEL Cup Series) and Eric McClure (No. 0 Hefty Chevrolet, Busch Series) are both sporting tribute helmets this weekend at America's Premier Short Track.

The helmets were designed by David Arrigo, a Canadian artist who previously painted a helmet for NASCAR driver Tony Raines. Richmond International Raceway officials contacted Arrigo with the idea of creating a tribute helmet in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech incident. Arrigo was able to get in contact with Morgan McClure Motorsports representatives and the idea came to fruition. Both drivers are from Virginia, which makes it a perfect fit for the tribute.

McClure, who is an avid University of Virginia Cavaliers fan, is happy to show his support for the Hokie Nation.

"I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to continue the tribute of the Virginia Tech community," said McClure, who hails from Chilhowie, Virginia. "It's an event that has touched all of our lives. Virginia Tech is a fine institution and their community will only grow stronger during the healing process. I am glad that I can do a small part to pay my respect."

Burton, who is from South Boston, Virginia, has shown his support for the Hokies since the Phoenix race, where his #4 Chevy depicted the Virginia Tech logo.

"It's an honor for me to be able to wear this unique helmet painted by David Arrigo in tribute to Virginia Tech," said Burton. "Personally, I appreciate that so many people are willing to chip in and do things to help Virginia Tech in their recovery. We're trying to be creative and raise as much money as we can for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund and we are looking at ways to continue that effort in the future."

Arrigo plans to drive overnight from Toronto to Richmond International Raceway to hand deliver the helmets on Friday morning, prior to practice and qualifying for both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series. Tickets are still on sale for the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch Series race. Fans can contact the ticket office at 1-866-455-7223 or visit www.rir.com.

-credit: rir

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ward Burton , Tony Raines , Eric McClure