Spokesperson For Ethanol

He calls himself The spokesperson for ethanol. He is Kenny Wallace, NASCAR driver. Kenny finished 7th in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 driving the Family Farmers/Marquis Energy car. The photo is of Kenny in his car just prior to the start of the race.

I’ve been following some race car advocates for clean burning ethanol for a while but I think Kenny has them all beat. I wish I had recorded his remarks to the crowd of farmers gathered for the race. It was awesome baby. I especially liked his message to America’s Family Farmers that what they do is important and that they are loved and appreciated regardless of any critics out there. Amen to that! They are feeding and fueling America and I’d rather burn ethanol than imported oil based fuel from countries and people who don’t like us! Kenny agrees and is on a mission to let everyone know. He has a lot of channels to communicate that message too. Besides racing, Kenny is very involved in social media and does regular interviews for shows on Fox Sports.

I didn’t record Kenny’s comments but I did interview him on Saturday. Listen to an agvocate in action:

STP 300 Nationwide Series NASCAR Weekend Photos

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Ethanol Burning #31 Car Wins STP 300

The inaugural STP 300 Nationwide Series race is in the books. The winner is Justin Aligaier, Brandt Racing, in the #31 car. He actually ran out of fuel right after crossing the finish line. Now that’s calling it close!

The Family Farmer/Marquis Energy car driven by Kenny Wallace finished 7th. And since all these cars are running on a fifteen percent blend of ethanol I think farmers win and ethanol producers win. Actually the American public wins with this clean burning fuel. Hopefully the efforts being taken by organizations like American Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association and my sponsor for this event coverage, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, are paying off with better understanding by the public of the benefits and value of home grown fuel.

Justin gave a great shout out to a question I posed during the press conference following the race. I think you’ll enjoy it.

I have updated my photos from the activities here in Chicago and will have some more stories to share.

STP 300 Nationwide Series NASCAR Weekend Photos

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Family Farming On Display At Chicagoland Speedway

It’s race day in Joliet, IL at the Chicagoland Speedway. Race goers will learn all about family farming and the benefits of ethanol in their gas tank when they visit Champions Park right outside the track. These guys are part of the team that set up the display yesterday. Pictured (l-r) are Jim Tarmann, Field Services Director, Illinois Corn Growers, and Mark Schneidewind, Will County Farm Bureau and a corn grower. I asked them to tell me what race goers will find when they come out to the Speedway and what they hope to accomplish.

Here’s what Jim had to say:

Here’s what Mark had to say:

Activities kick off today with the Champions Park exhibit area and a hospitality event for farmers off site being hosted by the Illinois Corn Growers and Illinois Soybean Association.

STP 300 Nationwide Series NASCAR Weekend Photos

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NASCAR Promotion Works

Past Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Jim Rapp, visited the Marquis Energy Appreciation Day. He’s pictured on the far right next to NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace and Jim’s sons, Nick and Ben. Jim says that the NASCAR promotional opportunity that the industry has become involved in proves that a fifteen percent blend of ethanol works. He’s a major advocate for the renewable fuel that’s good for our country! As a family farmer he’s thrilled to have Family Farmers emblazoned on the #09 car that will be driven in the STP 300 Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

You can listen to a short interview I did with Jim here:

Marquis Energy Appreciation Day Photos

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Marquis Energy Goes NASCAR

The President of Marquis Energy is Mark Marquis, seen here introducing NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace to the crowd attending yesterday’s Appreciation Event at their Hennepin ethanol plant. I spoke with Mark and learned that Marquis Energy is a real family type business that he had built after growing up on a family farm in this area and branching out into the grain business. In my interview with him you’ll hear him talk about plans to double the size of the Hennepin plant.

Mark is a Growth Energy board member. He says the organization saw the long-term agreement with NASCAR as a great opportunity to help get in front of American consumers who will feel more confident about putting higher blends of ethanol in their cars after seeing how well it performs in the race cars. They’ve accomplished that through American Ethanol, a partnership with the National Corn Growers Association. The local NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 race on Saturday provided his company with an opportunity to make a special contribution to the effort by sponsoring the Family Farmers Car that Kenny will be driving. He says NASCAR is very popular with his employees and the farmers who send in about 150 trucks of corn a day to the plant. You can listen to my interview with Mark here:

You can hear Mark’s introduction of Kenny and Kenny’s remarks in this video clip:

You can find photos from the event here: Marquis Energy Appreciation Day Photos

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