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  • American Ethanol to sponsor Austin Dillon in Cup race: In a nod to its commitment to the sport, American Ethanol announced at the NASCAR Preview fan event in Charlotte, N.C., that it will continue relationships with Richard Childress Racing and RAB Racing for the 2012 season. Austin Dillon, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, will drive the iconic #3 Chevy during the 2012 Nationwide Series season with American Ethanol serving as the primary sponsor for six races as well as one race in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. Dillon's #3 American Ethanol Chevy paint scheme was unveiled at the event. In addition to American Ethanol's partnership with Dillon, the organization will serve as an associate sponsor with the entire RCR family of drivers. Team owner Richard Childress as well as RCR's Sprint Cup Series veterans Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Paul Menard will also serve as spokesmen for the cause. Kenny Wallace, who notched 11 top-ten finishes last year, will drive the #09 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for RAB Racing. American Ethanol will partner with Wallace for the Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500, as well as five races in the Nationwide Series.(Richard Childress Racing)(1-22-2012)

  • Dillon moving to Nationwide, expected to run some Cup races: Richard Childress is bringing back the #3 car full time into the Nationwide Series next season with his grandson, Austin Dillon, moving up from trucks. Dillon has used #3 in the Camping World Truck Series, where he is the season points leader, but this will be the first time the No. 3 will be regularly used on a car since Cup champion Dale Earnhardt's death at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500. "Dale made that number famous," said Childress, who drove the #3 himself from 1976-81 before Earnhardt, a seven-time champion. Childress quickly said Friday that there are no intentions now to take the #3 back to "Cup with Austin someday." Dillon could drive some races in NASCAR's top level next season. Before deciding to use the #3 on a car again, Childress spoke with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won consecutive Nationwide championships (1998-99) in the #3 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Then, Dale Jr. won Nationwide races in the #3 for Childress at Daytona in 2002 and 2010.(Associated Press)(11-5-2011)

  • Curb Records Celebrating Two Centennials at Kansas: Mike Curb has been many things  a successful record producer, the lieutenant governor and acting governor of the State of California, a national co-chairman in the presidential election of Ronald Reagan, and a veteran NASCAR car owner. This weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Curb's history continues. The man who fielded a car for Richard Petty's 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win on July 4, 1984 at Daytona International Speedway  where President Reagan looked on from the broadcast booth  is a car owner again at Kansas. In association with Richard Childress, Curb and longtime business partner Cary Agajanian are fielding the #98 Reagan Centennial/Camping World/Curb Records Chevy in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400. When the green flag drops, current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point leader Austin Dillon will have made his Sprint Cup debut, and Curb's 100th start as a Sprint Cup car owner will be in the books. As Curb's record as a NASCAR car owner hits the centennial mark, the car carries the colors of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration, a historic, yearlong celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of America's 40th president.
    It was Curb, who as acting governor of California  the state with the most electoral votes  orchestrated Regan's 1984 visit to Daytona with Bill France Jr. In a scene that could've been scripted in Hollywood, Reagan gave the command to start engines from aboard Air Force One before landing at Daytona Beach Airport as the Firecracker 400 was underway. Whisked into the track by his Secret Service detail, Reagan visited the broadcast booth and attempted some play-by-play with MRN Radio's Ned Jarrett.
    Reagan stuck around for the end of the race where Petty scored his milestone 200th victory, and afterward dined alongside Petty, Bobby Allison and many other NASCAR drivers on Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pepsi. It was an all-American moment and a watershed mark in NASCAR's illustrious history.
    In the background for all of this was Curb, and now, nearly 30 years later, he is again promoting Reagan with a compilation album from Curb Records titled, "Together, A New Beginning: A Tribute to the Ronald Reagan Centennial." The CD featuring 16 tracks by such artists as LeAnne Rimes, Clay Walker, Wynonna, Lee Greenwood and Tim Dugger will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com on Tuesday, and also at www.ReaganFoundation.org.
    Dugger, a member of the National Youth Leadership Committee whose recording of "Stand Tall" is a part of the compilation, will sing the National Anthem prior to the Hollywood Casino 400. Fellow Curb Records artist Rachel Holder will sing the National Anthem prior to Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Both will be part of a free, post-race concert on the midway outside of Kansas' 1.5-mile oval after the Nationwide Series race.
    Putting an exclamation point on the weekend will be Dillon, grandson of Childress. The 21-year-old sophomore at High Point (N.C.) University is on the fast track to racing stardom. Last year's Truck Series rookie of the year, Dillon is leading the championship standings in his second full season with only five races remaining. Thanks to four wins in 47 career Truck Series starts, Dillon is ready to tackle the elite Sprint Cup Series, where his grandfather has fielded racecars regularly since 1976.
    The most prominent racer Childress worked with was Dale Earnhardt. The legendary driver won six of his seven Sprint Cup titles while driving for Childress. Curb was fortunate enough to play a part in that pairing, for Earnhardt's first Sprint Cup championship came in 1980 in a Curb-sponsored car, a year before Earnhardt joined Childress to start their epic run together. Now Curb makes his 100th Sprint Cup start as a NASCAR owner with Childress' grandson as his driver, all while paying tribute to Reagan, one of the most lauded presidents in American history. And just as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration has strong ties to Curb, it also has ties to Dillon, who serves as the co-chair of the Reagan Foundation's National Youth Leadership Council. It's a full-circle weekend for Curb, where so many points of his history have culminated, including the birth of his grandson, Carter Curb Childress.
    "I'm honored to be able to work with Austin Dillon and Richard Childress in support of the Ronald Reagan Centennial," Curb said.
    "The Reagan Foundation is honored to join with Mike Curb and Richard Childress for this historic tribute," said Stewart McLaurin, executive director, Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "Mike Curb and Ronald Reagan were great friends and it's a reflection of that friendship that this race connects the legacy of Ronald Reagan with the next generation of American leaders like Austin Dillon."
    Earlier this year, the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration logo was displayed on the Indianapolis 500-winning car which was owned by co-owned by Brian Herta and Curb-Agajanian. "Winning Indy was a dream come true, particularly since I was able to share that moment with my lifetime partner in auto racing, Cary Agajanian," Curb said. (True Speed Communications) images of the car on the #98 Team Schemes page.(10-9-2011)

  • Austin Dillon to make Cup debut at Kansas: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration will be commemorated by Austin Dillon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut driving the #98 Curb Agajanian/Reagan Centennial/Camping World/Curb Records Chevy in the Oct. 9 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. The original announcement of the program was made March 27 at Auto Club Speedway. The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships, and initiatives sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011, including the Ronald Reagan tribute album which is being released nationally by Curb Records in connection with the Kansas race. Dillon currently leads the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings with five races remaining in just his second full season in the series [in the #3 RCR Chevy truck]. Dillon finished fifth in the 2010 NCWTS point standings and was named rookie of-the-year. He recently equaled his win total from last year with his second victory of the season, in the Sept. 25 Fast Five 225 at Chicagoland. His NCWTS pit crew, led by crew chief Danny Stockman, will serve in the same roles for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The Kansas Speedway race by Dillon will be the 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for car co-owner Mike Curb and Curb-Agajanian Racing.(Richard Chidlress Racing PR)(10-4-2011)

  • NASCAR on Display at Reagan Library: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan became the first sitting U.S. President to attend a NASCAR race. That July, he started the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway where he gave the command, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" from aboard Air Force One. Later that day, Air Force One landed at Daytona International Airport behind the Speedway in full view of the fans. It was at that race that Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory. In honor of President Reagan's relationship and fascination with auto racing, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation presents Start Your Engines: American Race Cars at the Reagan Library, on view from May 27 through October 23, 2011. The exhibit features a wide array of storied vehicles from the history of American auto racing from the 1930s to today, including those from NASCAR and IndyCar. Visitors will view historic cars driven by legends such as Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Richard Petty, as well as cars by current racers Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Austin Dillon, who will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut later this year.
    A few exhibit highlights include:
    * Richard Petty's winning Firecracker 400 Pontiac from the race Ronald Reagan officially started in 1984 * Dale Earnhardt, Sr.'s #2 Chevy  the car in which he won the 1980 Winston Cup Championship * Kurt Busch's 2011 #22 Auto Club Dodge Charger (show car) which he recently raced in the Auto Club 400 in California, March 2011 * Lyn St. James' 1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe, in which she set 31 national and international speed records on a closed course at Talladega Speedway * Jimmie Johnson's 2007 #48 Lowe's Chevy that he drove at Homestead to clinch his 2nd Championship * Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s 2010 #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy Impala * Austin Dillon's 2011 #98 Chevy Impala, co-sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Centennial, which will be raced later this year * Dan Wheldon's 2011 #98 INDY car, which will be raced later this year * Rich Woodland's 1998 Winston West car, won at Phoenix [see more at Woodland Family Automobile Display
    In addition to the cars, personal items from drivers like trophies, fire suits, helmets and other artifacts, photos and video will also be on display. The exhibit is sponsored by the Auto Club of Southern California, with special thanks to Mike Curb and Mike Curb Racing.
    The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum admission fees are $12.00 for general admission, $9.00 for seniors 62 and over, $6 for children 11-17 and free for children 10 years of age and under. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit reaganfoundation.org/.(10-4-2011)

  • Dillon will use the #3 in Nationwide Series in 2012: The return of Nationwide Series teams to Richard Childress Racing also signifies the return of the venerable #3 Chevy to competition full time in 2012. The merger between Kevin Harvick Inc. and RCR will enable KHI's existing teams, the #2 car with Elliott Sadler and the #33 with a cast of current Sprint Car drivers, to compete in the NNS along with Childress' grandson Austin Dillon. Dillon, 21, drives the #3 Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series. Dillon competed in four Nationwide non-companion events for KHI this season. Dillon's brother Ty will take over the driving duties in the #3 truck next season.(Fox Sports), Austin Dillon is scheduled to make his Sprint Cup debut in the #98 Chevy at Kansas in October.(9-13-2011)

  • NASCAR show car goes on display at Reagan Library: President Ronald Reagan was not only the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race, but also the first president to give the command, "Start your engines, Daytona." Because of Reagan's love for the American sport, a red, white and blue NASCAR show car emblazoned with his name was unveiled Monday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The #98 Chevy, delivered by Curb Records and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, will be part of a special temporary exhibit May 27 to Oct. 23 that will feature Reagan's interest in car racing. "I am positive that President Reagan would've really enjoyed seeing his name on this car," said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, as the car was unveiled inside Air Force One Pavilion in front of an audience that included children from local elementary schools. Also on hand were former California Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, national recording artist Tim Dugger, and Austin Dillon, a 20-year-old NASCAR driver and grandson of famed NASCAR driver Richard Childress. Twelve NASCAR and Indy 500 cars on display in the new racing exhibit at the Reagan Library. Also on display will be the #2 Chevy that Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove in his first Winston Cup Championship, along with personal items, artifacts, photos and videos that showcase Reagan's interest in the sport.(vcstar.com) see images at that site or on my #98 Team Schemes page.(3-30-2011)

  • Austin Dillion to make Cup debut: UPDATE: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will be the primary sponsors when Austin Dillon makes his Sprint Cup Series debut later this season in the #98 Curb-Agajanian Performance Group Chevy. The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships, and initiatives sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011. The specific race will be announced at a later date.(RCR)(3-27-2011)
    UPDATE: Austin Dillon will make his Sprint Cup debut later this year at either Kansas in October or Phoenix in November in a car built by his grandfather's Richard Childress Racing. Team co-owner Mike Curb, owner of Curb Records, was a lieutenant governor under Reagan as well as co-chairman of Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. The team for Dillon will get its car from RCR, an engine from Earnhardt Childress Racing and will use Dillon's RCR crew that fields his car in the Camping World Truck Series.(Scene Daily)(3-28-2011)

  • RCR's statement regarding Mike Dillon: The following is a statement from Richard Childress Racing, in response to numerous media inquiries on the health of vice president of competition Mike Dillon - 'Richard Childress Racing vice president of competition Mike Dillon was admitted to the hospital late last week after doctors discovered a blood clot in his lung. Dillon, 46, underwent a series of tests and is awaiting results but was released from the hospital earlier this afternoon.'(RCR)(3-19-2011)


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