Dover: Series to show patriotic spirit

Drivers to visit families at Dover Air Force Base Thursday, May 29 DOVER, Del. - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will showcase their patriotic spirit and their support for our nation's armed forces during their upcoming race week at Dover...

Drivers to visit families at Dover Air Force Base Thursday, May 29

DOVER, Del. - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will showcase their patriotic spirit and their support for our nation's armed forces during their upcoming race week at Dover International Speedway.

A powerful relationship between NASCAR and the military has developed over the years. At race tracks around the country, fans and crew members alike proudly wave the red, white and blue colors at the start of each race. The armed forces also sponsor various teams.

On Thursday, May 29, that unique relationship will extend as several drivers travel to Dover Air Force Base for a special autograph session with military families. From 7 to 8 p.m., as many as 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will visit the families at the base, which is just a short distance from the race track.

"This is an opportunity for us to spend a little time with the families of the troops that are out there fighting for our freedom," said Bill Lester, driver of the No. 8 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Ram. "I guess in a very small way, this is how we can thank them for everything they are doing and have done for our country."

Following the autograph session, the drivers will be treated to a tour of a C-5 Galaxy aircraft, the largest cargo airplane that the Air Force flies. A C-5 Galaxy could carry the entire 36-truck NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series field from track to track.

Jon Wood, driver of the No. 50 Roush Racing truck, is especially thrilled to be making a stop at the Air Force base while in Dover. In fact, he has a special connection to the military in that his family's Winston Cup team is sponsored by the Air Force.

"I'm glad to have the opportunity to do something in return for the military troops," Wood said. "What we have to offer does not begin to compare to what they have done for us, but at least we can let them know how much we appreciate them."

"It's so important for us to show our support for our troops," said Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Square D Dodge and current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship point leader. "We are living this luxurious life while they are overseas fighting tooth and nail to keep us safe. The least we can do is visit their families and show them how much we appreciate their sacrifices.

"We hope they all return home safely and realize that we are behind them while they are in Iraq. We have the freedom to do the things that we all love to do because of them," Hamilton continued. "And for that we thank them."

Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2002 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation among men for overall quality. Sears sells more than 1,600 Craftsman hand tools that are guaranteed forever. If any Craftsman hand tool ever fails to provide complete satisfaction, return for free repair or replacement. Sears offers Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services nationwide through its Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, as well as through specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jon Wood , Bill Lester