LUKE BRYAN FREE CONCERT

Luke Bryan, a friend of American Farmers, will be performing the pre-race concert at Chicagoland Speedway to kick-off NASCAR’s playoffs this Sunday, September 16th.  He is known for his hit song, “Rain is a Good Thing”

This concert is FREE with your grandstand ticket for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, September 16th.  Purchase here www.chicagolandspeedway.com or call 815-722-5500 and mention code (FARM2012CLS) to receive up to $10 off!

Don’t forget to come visit us in Champions Park before the concert!

 

JOIN THE FAMILY FARMERS TEAM NEXT WEEKEND!

September brings harvest to many people, but it always brings another opportunity… you can meet Kenny Wallace at the Chicagoland Speedway!  With an ICGA membership, you can meet Kenny and join the Family Farmers team as he advocates for YOU and for corn farmers.  Kenny will drive the “Family Farmers” car on September 15 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race.  For more information on how you can attend this exclusive event, click here.

Tickets are limited, so call the ICGA office TODAY to purchase your family’s exclusive ticket package. Ask for Rosie, the ICGA Membership Administrative Assistant at (309) 557-3257.

If you already have your package, PRINT THIS INFORMATION for maps, directions, agendas, attire suggestions, and more.

Don’t forget to visit us in Champions Park as well, where we will have a lot of fun activities for all ages!

ILLINIOS LEGISLATORS MEET KENNY WALLACE

Karen May, Kenny Wallace, American Ethanol, Family FarmersThis week, Illinois Corn and Illinois Renewable Fuels Association gave Illinois legislators an opportunity to take a ride in a NASCAR pacecar while learning about ethanol and ethanol blends.  What a fun break from the norm!

Pictured are Kenny Wallace, Jessica Fox, legislative assistant for Illinois State Representative Pam Roth 75th District, and Illinois State Representative Karen May, 58th District, taking a photo.

Educating at Chicagoland Speedway

During NASCAR race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway the Illinois Corn Growers put a lot of effort into communicating with the general public attending. Here’s a picture of David Loos with the t-shirt gun in action. He had a crowd hoping it would point their way!

To learn more about what Illinois Corn Growers were doing I spoke with Executive Director, Rod Weinzierl. Rod says that the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Soybean Growers teamed up again this year to put on an exhibit outside the track that has included an appearance from NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace who signed autographs and talked to the crowd. He says that there are a few challenges in the industry that includes getting more ethanol in the fuel supply. NASCAR helps get that message out. Additionally, having educational materials and displays like a large combine help the public better understand where their food comes from.

Listen to my interview with Rod here:

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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RAB Racing at Chicagoland Speedway

The RAB Racing team competed in last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 225. The driver of the 09 Toyota Tundra was John Wes Townley, pictured on the right with team founder Brack Maggard (center) and Chris Rice (left). John Wes started 16th and finished for a career best 14th place in the race.

I spoke with each of these guys when they visited the Illinois Corn Growers Family Farmers pavilion at Chicagoland Speedway.

John Wes says the team is very fortunate to have Family Farmers come on board as a sponsor. He says his Dad grew corn once upon a time so he’s familiar with the business and hoped the race would help farmers take their mind off the weather for a while. Listen to my interview with John Wes here:

Team co-founder Brack Maggard says he grew up on a farm and raised a lot of corn in his life. Back then he says they did it by hand. He wishes he had the big New Holland combine on display when he was farming. He says he’s gotten to know Family Farmers and really enjoys the association. When it comes to ethanol in their fuel Brack says it has performed flawlessly in their engines. As he puts it, “It’s fuel we don’t have to go overseas to get.” Listen to my interview with Brack here:

Chris Rice is the crew chief for the 09 truck driven by John Wes. He says they’ve spent a lot of time with ethanol and the truck runs very well on it. Listen to my interview with Chris Rice here:

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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Winning the STP 300

It has been a great weekend of NASCAR action for Illinois corn growers at Chicagoland Speedway. Capping it off was today’s 2nd Annual Nationwide STP 300.

Ethanol had another victory on the NASCAR track today when Elliott Sadler won the race. The race came out of caution with two laps to go so it made for an exciting finish. Placing 4th today was master agvocate Kenny Wallace, spokesperson for the Illinois Corn Growers Family Farmers.

After the race I asked Elliott what he thinks about racing on a fuel that’s made in part by Illinois corn growers. He says the initiative that NASCAR has taken to go green in the last couple years is a great one. Since the track is surrounded by corn and soybeans he says, “It’s neat to see something in the field growing. I’m a farmer at home too.”

Then Richard Childress, RCR Racing, chimed in. “In NASCAR we’ve put in almost 4 million miles or maybe a little over by now on E15, American Ethanol blend of fuel. That says a lot for what E15 can do for your car.”

Listen to Elliott and Richard’s remarks here:

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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Family Farmers in STP 300

This is the car we’d love to see win the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300. The race is on and I’ll post the result later today.

We got a few raindrops right before the green flag and then that was that and the race was underway. Earlier today Kenny Wallace told the Illinois Corn Growers Family Farmers High Performance Team, “I’ll take a rainout for you.” He’s that kind of guy.

Besides final results I’ll post later I’ve got a number of other interviews to share this week. Please enjoy the photos and feel free to share with your friends and via social media.

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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5th Generation of Corn Farmers Next Door to Chicagoland Speedway

Kenny Wallace calls Glenn Fritz “the ultimate farmer.” This morning the Illinois Corn Growers hosted an off the track pre-race meal that included an appearance by Kenny. We were located at Greenfields Campground owned by farmer Glenn Fritz.

I kind of let Kenny take the microphone to chat with Glenn. Glenn has a grandson on the farm that is now the 5th generation of the family on the land. He’s got an interesting story to tell and I think you’ll enjoy listening to it.

Listen to Kenny and Glenn here:

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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American Ethanol 225 Winner

The winner of the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is James Buescher. He’s pictured here in Victory Lane at Chicagoland Speedway. Presenting the trophy is Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board Bill Christ and Tricia Braid, Communications Director.

During the post race press conference I asked James what he thought of racing on a blend of home grown fuel made by corn farmers. He says “It’s really cool to be able to be part of NASCAR going green. It’s only positive. We’re helping the environment.” By the way, he had to have his carburetor replaced during the race!

Listen to James comment on ethanol here:

Illinois Corn Growers NASCAR Weekend Photo Album

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Green Flag For American Ethanol 225

Illinois corn farmer Donna Jeschke got to wave the green flag for the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race tonight. Donna is ending her term on the board of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. She found the experience to be exciting and just a little scary. She says this type of promotion puts what she does as a farmer out in front of the public to help them better understand where their food comes from.

Listen to my interview with Donna here:

Listen to the race invocation and national anthem here:

Listen to Mark Marquis, Marquis Energy, make the “Drivers, start your engines” call here:

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