The AirPower Foundation will join Niece Motorsports and Trevor Bayne as the primary partner at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25 and again at Phoenix Raceway in the season finale on November 6.
“Texas Motor Speedway has produced a lot of memories for me, including my first Cup start and my first XFINITY win,” said Bayne. “I’m proud to have the AirPower Foundation on the truck for my first Gander Truck Series start at the track. Our military and their families make such a sacrifice to defend and protect us, which is why I’m so thankful to be partnering with an organization that helps to take care of and support them.”
The AirPower Foundation was established by the nation’s oldest civilian military support organization.
“The AirPower Foundation is honored to have this opportunity to be the primary partner with Niece Motorsports and Trevor Bayne for the races in Texas and Phoenix,” said Sid Eppes, Chairman of the AirPower Foundation. “These races will allow us to reach a very large audience to inform the public of the work we do, and the critical need for funding to further assist with the numerous requests we receive every day for assistance from the over 72 organizations we support annually across the country. We sincerely thank Trevor Bayne for all his support, and we thank Al Niece for his service and his continued support of all who serve.”
Since its formation in 1999, the AirPower Foundation provides funding for programs dedicated to supporting active duty military, veterans, and their families. AirPower also supports projects to assist wounded warriors, ill or injured service members, our GoldStar families of the fallen, veterans of previous wars and educational projects to make sure the next generation understands the honor and sacrifice of serving our country. AirPower is the only organization authorized by the Vietnam POW organization NAMPOW to support them.
“I’m thrilled for the AirPower Foundation to come on board with Trevor and our team,” said team owner Al Niece. “Our military is near and dear to me, having served in the United States Marine Corps. It means a lot to me to have an organization that supports our military members and their families on one of our trucks, especially at Texas and in Phoenix before Veteran’s Day.”
Niece served in the United States Marine Corps, honorably serving the United States, and deploying to Vietnam.
Bayne, a Daytona 500 Champion, made his return to NASCAR racing earlier this season, putting together several strong runs and contending for the win at Talladega Superspeedway, in just his fourth NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) start.
While Bayne is relatively new to the NGROTS, he has no shortage of experience behind the wheel at Texas and Phoenix in NASCAR’s top-two series.
The Tennessee-native has 17 NASCAR Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, in addition to nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, with a victory coming in 2011.
Bayne also has eight NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix Raceway and 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, where he has earned one top-five and six top-10 finishes.
The No. 45 AirPower Foundation Chevrolet will take the green flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 25 at 12 p.m. ET. The 147-lap race will air live on FoxSports1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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