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Yonke Motorsports Flying Pints for Prostates Partners Colors at 23rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals Pro Stock Team is the Fastest Way to Fight Prostate Cancer Baytown, Texas - Yonke Motorsports is partnering with the Pints ...

Yonke Motorsports Flying Pints for Prostates Partners Colors at 23rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals
Pro Stock Team is the Fastest Way to Fight Prostate Cancer

Baytown, Texas - Yonke Motorsports is partnering with the Pints for Prostates campaign to promote men's health during the 23rd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park from April 9-11.

For the second time this season the NHRA Pro Stock entry driven by Bob Yonke will carry the Pints for Prostates logo. Yonke is currently sixth in the NHRA Pro Stock standings after four races. Fans will get to see the Yonke Motorsports Pints for Prostates Pontiac GXP entry when Pro Stock qualifying gets underway on Friday afternoon.

"Yonke Motorsports is helping us to reach a huge audience with an important health message," said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. "The NHRA attracts the exact demographic that needs to hear this message. Pints for Prostates is fortunate to have a team as strong as Bob Yonke's giving us this opportunity to reach men at the dragway and watching the action on ESPN2."

"Prostate disease is a very serious issue for all men, as one out of every six men during their lifetime will be diagnosed with some form of prostate cancer," said Bob Yonke, team owner and driver. "Early detection is as simple as a blood test during a routine check up with your primary care physician or urologist, you just need to ask them to check your PSA."

"I started having my prostate checked annually at the age of 45, as my father was diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer at the age of 50," Yonke said. "It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we have the opportunity to partner with Rick and Pints for Prostates to reach out to the NHRA drag racing community."

In 2002, Yonke and partner, Chris Ringel, started Advanced Medical Partners Inc., a mobile medical business based in Arlington, Texas, that treated approximately 6,000 prostate cancer patients annually with Cryotherapy. The sale of that business in 2008 helped launch Yonke's full time entry into NHRA Pro Stock as a 49-year-old rookie campaigner. Yonke raced in the former NHRA Pro Stock Truck series in 1999-2001.

Yonke Motorsports is an independent NHRA Pro Stock team based in Burleson, Texas. So far this season, Yonke has reached the Pro Stock finals at both Phoenix and Charlotte. Based on the strong performance in Charlotte during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Yonke Motorsports made good on a pre-race pledge and donated $1,500 to the Pints for Prostates campaign.

"Every week nearly 4,000 men in the U.S. hear the words 'you have prostate cancer.' The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful," said Lyke, a 49-year-old Charlotte, N.C., marketing executive and drinks journalist who had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. "We're excited to be on the Yonke Motorsports car this weekend and really appreciate Bob Yonke's generous support for our cause."

Since being launched in late 2008, Pints for Prostates has reached approximately 80 million people through a combination of donated advertising, news articles, appearances at beer festivals, and coverage on websites and blogs. In 2009, the program was featured at the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and profiled on CNN's Vital Signs program hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

-source: yonke motorsports

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