BUSCH: Kenny Wallace to teach teens safe driving

YJ Stinger and Kenny Wallace Team Up to Teach Teens Safe Driving ANDOVER, N.J. (Feb. 24)-- NASCAR Busch Series driver Kenny Wallace will visit 17 high schools nationwide throughout the 2004 season, teaching teenagers the importance of safe...

YJ Stinger and Kenny Wallace Team Up to Teach Teens Safe Driving

ANDOVER, N.J. (Feb. 24)-- NASCAR Busch Series driver Kenny Wallace will visit 17 high schools nationwide throughout the 2004 season, teaching teenagers the importance of safe driving and routine car maintenance.

Now in its second season, the "YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe" program targets young drivers in the early stages of their driving career. The personable and popular Wallace interacts with students while delivering his safe driving message. A local law enforcement officer will also address students whenever possible. Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas will be the first high school the program will visit this year.

"I am excited to participate in the YJ Stinger Race to Bee Safe program again this year," Wallace said. "It's a lot of fun going into the schools and talking to these students. We try to keep it fun and entertaining, but we really want students to walk away realizing how important it is for them to drive carefully."

Students and parents are asked to sign a safe driving promise, which acts as an informal contract that the student will practice safe driving.

Students participating in the YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe program can participate in an essay contest awarding up to $20,000 in scholarship money. Students enter by writing a 500-word essay relating what they learned during the Race to Bee Safe program. Winning essays will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by NVE Pharmaceuticals, makers of YJ Stinger. One student from each school will win a $1,000 scholarship. A grand prize winner will be selected from all entries, with that student winning a $20,000 scholarship.

The YJ Stinger Race to Bee Safe program was launched in September 2003 and quickly became a tremendous success. A large part of its success was due to Wallace's ability to relate to students. A 20-year racing veteran and father of three teenage daughters, Wallace can speak from experience while teaching students.

"High school students have a lot going on, with football games and proms and such," said the nine-time Busch Series winner. "It is during those events that it seems like all the bad wrecks happen. So if we can help the students make better driving decisions, we'll really feel like we made a difference."

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