NWS: 2001 Champion sets appearance schedule

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (March 14, 2002)& ...

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (March 14, 2002)– Kevin Hamlin, the defending Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series, NASCAR Touring champion, has announced a series of public appearances in the Northwest. The first stop is slated for March 24, at the North Creek Presbyterian Church, in Mill Creek, Wash.

As part of the daylong Cub Scouts pinewood derby, Hamlin will be on hand to sign autographs and display his 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The annual event begins at 1 p.m. and the American Dream/Berryman sponsored driver will be on hand until 5 p.m. to meet and greet the event participants.

“ This is going to be a really cool event,“ Hamlin said.“ I’ll get to hang out with the kids while they race and they’ll get the chance to see what a real stock car looks like up close.”

Giving back to young people is part of Hamlin’s commitment to racing he said. The 22-year old got his driving career started in quarter midget race cars before stepping in to full-size machines at the age of 16. Hamlin has gone on to set records on the Northwest series as its youngest race winner (19-years old), and just last year became the youngest champion in the 18-year history of NASCAR’s elite late model division in the region.

The American Dream/Berryman race team will also have a show car at the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series season opener, March 30 at Evergreen Speedway. The .646-mile paved oval is the site of Hamlin’s first victories in a stock car. Hamlin finished second in the 2001 season opener, and won the summer event at the Monroe, Wash. speed plant. The win was one of four victories he achieved last season.

Hamlin will return to Evergreen Speedway on July 13 for a public appearance at the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series event scheduled for that evening. Other dates on Hamlin’s display schedule include a stop in Portland, Ore.


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