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Sprint Cup - Kansas Native Ready For Big Run In RCR American Ethanol Chevy This Weekend

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KANSAS CITY, June 2, 2011: Local racing star Clint Bowyer has won a lot of races and two series championships at nearby Lakeside Speedway during his motorsports career.

Now the Bowyer, who turned 32 Monday, wants to win a race just down the street from the famed short track Sunday.

The Emporia, Kan., native has returned near his hometown to drive the American Ethanol-sponsored Richard Childress Chevrolet Sunday in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, the closest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track to his home.

Bowyer saw Kansas Speedway being built when he was racing at Lakeside Speedway and dreamt of racing and winning at the 1.5-mile oval. With the American Ethanol banner flying on his No. 33 machine, he hopes to make it come true.

“Yeah, right there at the intersection of I-70 and I-435, it’s just amazing,” said Bowyer of the Kansas racing facility. “That’s the route you took to get to the dirt track at Lakeside. To drive by there and see the growth was really cool. It was nothing but an old, bad part of town and now it’s one of the best and new places to go in the whole city.”

It was always Bowyer’s goal to race and win at Kansas Speedway.

“Once the track was built, I drove by it every week and would set goals just to be able to drive there in anything. I never dreamed I would be able to drive an ARCA car there, let alone start a race in a Sprint Cup Series car.”

In addition, Bowyer carries an important banner this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Bowyer’s No. 33 Chevrolet will have new black, silver and green livery of American Ethanol for the STP 400.

American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America’s farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country.

Led by Growth Energy, more than 100 different entities, from farmers and state corn growing boards to ethanol producers and biotech companies, are working with NASCAR to introduce a cleaner-burning fuel to America. The partnership with American Ethanol takes NASCAR’s environmental commitment to the next level. More than 1,100 American Ethanol associates will be cheering for Bowyer at Kansas Speedway this weekend.

“The NASCAR and American Ethanol partnership is a win-win situation,” said Clint Bowyer, who has known of ethanol since growing up near a farm. “American ethanol is an incredible product that is great for racing as well as everyone’s passenger car. Ethanol is a truly American-made product that is good for the environment, helps our dependence on foreign oil, gives America more jobs and gives us as NASCAR drivers more horsepower.

“What we put the engines through in a race at 9,000 RPM for 400 miles at Kansas just shows how ethanol works. If this product is going to withstand a tough race like that, it is plenty capable of doing the job on America’s highways. Being a Kansas boy, I am really happy that American corn-made ethanol is in my No. 33 car.”

Not only will Bowyer’s machine carry the American Ethanol signage and utilize Sunoco E15 fuel this weekend, all 43 cars in Sunday’s STP 400 will have the new ingredient in their respective fuel tanks when the green flag drops at noon.

The Sunoco Green E15 fuel is a new 15-percent ethanol blend made with corn grown in the United States. It is cleaner burning and is providing more horsepower to the race cars.

American Ethanol supports drivers, teams and tracks with marketing, promotional activities, advertising and a season-long weekly contingency award in 2011. The contingency award will appear on each car competing this weekend at Kansas, and throughout the 2011 season, as an American Ethanol decal around the car’s fuel port.

Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association have worked closely with NASCAR officials to implement “the green initiative” with the cars campaigning in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series™ and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™.

“Throughout the 2011 NASCAR season, you’ll see a series of American Ethanol promotions and outreach efforts,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “This is really a first season for our industry—and an exciting time to be part of ethanol.”

Some 70,000 gallons of American-made ethanol is scheduled to be used during the 2011 NASCAR racing season. The Sunoco Green E15 is blended at the Sunoco Inc. facility in Marcus Hook, Pa.