American Ethanol was in the NASCAR spotlight over the weekend, both on the Chicagoland track for the inaugural STP 300 Nationwide Series and at the Kansas Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday and the first Sprint Cup Series STP 400 on Sunday.
“This is the kick off and we’ve been waiting for it to come,” said National Corn Growers Association president Bart Schott of North Dakota about the race on Sunday which featured the American Ethanol paint job on Clint Bowyer’s No. 33 Chevrolet and on the track. “NASCAR has an 80 million fan base that is getting some real positive messages on burning a higher blend of ethanol.” American Ethanol is a partnership between the corn growers, the ethanol industry and NASCAR, and all series events started running this season on a 15 percent ethanol blend.
Listen to an interview with Bart and NCGA chairman Darrin Ihnen of South Dakota here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/ncga/kc-race-ncga.MP3]
About 1200 farmers and ethanol producers from all over the Midwest were at the Kansas Speedway on Sunday to cheer on Bowyer, following his first place win Saturday in the Camping World Truck Series. Bowyer’s team owner Richard Childress visited the American Ethanol hospitality tent to talk about his support for agriculture and the domestically produced fuel.
“I’m a farmer myself and I understand the livelihood of farmers and I think it’s great for America what they are doing to help us not to have to depend on as much foreign energy,” he said. “I hope some day we can run it all on ethanol.”
Childress believes there is a good possibility that NASCAR could go to an even higher ethanol blend than the 15% started this year. “We tested the 30 and it ran really well but I think NASCAR wants to ease into it with fuel injection coming,” he added.
Listen to Childress’ comments here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/ncga/kc-race-childress.MP3]
See all the race photos here: American Ethanol at NASCAR Sprint Cup STP 400