Johnson Foundation Raises $730,000
Officials of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced that the organiza- tion’s annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner in early July raised more than $730,000. Jimmie Johnson hosted 116 golfers at Torrey Pines
Golf Course in La Jolla, California. The night before the tournament, Johnson and his wife,
Chandra, hosted more than 200 guests during a special dinner and auction at The Lodge
at Torrey Pines, with music from O.A.R.
The tournament, which in 10 years has raised more than $6.3 million, benefits the
Champions Grants program, a partnership between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. The grants range from $25,000-$100,000 and are distributed to K- 12 public schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson’s hometowns in California
and Oklahoma, as well as where they currently reside in North Carolina.
Before heading to Kentucky Speedway for a
race weekend in early
July, Dale Earnhardt
Jr. paid a visit to
Hospital in Columbus,
spent a day in the city
where his primary
sponsor, Nation wide,
He visited dozens of
children and hand-delivered a Victory Bell
for the hospital.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Awards returns to Las Vegas this year and
the NASCAR XFINIT Y Series and NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series Awards will
be back in Miami Beach, Florida.
Continuing a tradition that started in
2009, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Awards will take place at the Wynn Las
Vegas on Dec. 2. The NASCAR XFINITY
Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series Awards will be held Nov. 21 at the
Loews Miami Beach Hotel in South Beach.
Sprint’s sponsorship of NASCAR’s top
national series ends after this season, and
negotiations are underway for a new title
sponsor. It appears likely an announcement
will come in early fall, according to NASCAR
executive Steve Phelps. For now, the vetting
process continues. Current agreements with
Xfinity and Camping World extend through
2024 and 2022, respectively. Phelps also
noted that NASCAR’s top series might have
more than one title sponsor.
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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WILL CELEBRATE NASCAR NATION WITH
the inaugural Fan Appreciation Weekend Sept. 9-10. Drivers, teams, sponsors and NASCAR are
joining RIR to recognize the pride and dedication of NASCAR Nation during this weekend-long
celebration. Fans around the country will be showered with praise and thanks on social media,
throughout the television broadcast and even through special messages on the race car’s B-posts
from drivers like Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, to name a few.
Fans also will receive unique giveaways and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like an all-expenses-paid trip to Richmond to ride in the two-seater with former driver and NBC analyst Jeff Burton.
The NASCAR Hall of
longtime High Point
(N.C.) Enterprise sports
editor Benny Phillips as
the sixth recipient of
the Squier-Hall Award
for NASCAR Media
spent 48 years with
the Enterprise. He will
be honored during
NASCAR Hall of Fame
festivities on Jan. 20.
DEWALT TOOLS HAS
expanded its partnership
with Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt
Kenseth and the No. 20 team.
DE WALT added four races –
Chicagoland, Dover, Kansas
and Homestead-Miami, to its
2016 primary sponsorship
of the No. 20 Toyota Camry
driven by Kenseth. DE WALT
also announced that it will
provide primary sponsorship
for a total of six races in the
NASCAR XFINIT Y Series during
the remainder of the season
with drivers Erik Jones and
Daniel Suarez. Beginning with
the 2017 season, DE WALT
will take over the primary
sponsorship for the majority
of races on the No. 20 Toyota
Camry in NASCAR’s Sprint
Cup Series. Along with the
expanded schedule of primary
paint schemes, DE WALT also
has associate branding on the
No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series whenever
the company is not already
serving as the primary sponsor.
Finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide include Jim Giaccone of Bayville,
New York, representing Tuesday’s Children; Andy
Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska, founder of the Team
Jack Foundation; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, a founding member of Mikayla’s
Voice; and Parker White of Greensboro, North
Carolina, founder of BackPack Beginnings. The
award will be showcased on Sept. 27 during the
Foundation’s inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott
Marquis in New York City.
The award honors volunteers – who are also NASCAR
fans – who dedicate themselves to children’s causes
in their communities throughout the United States.
The award winner will be determined via an online
vote now under way and running through 5 p.m. (ED T)
on Sept. 26 at NASCAR.com/Award.