Thursday, July 2, 2015

Harvick and Outback - $250,000 donation to the Folds of Honor (#nascar)

Outback Steakhouse®, long known for supporting United States military service members and their families, expanded its efforts in this area at last weekend's NASCAR race at Sonoma Raceway with the announcement of a quarter of a million dollar donation to Folds of Honor. 

The announcement also highlighted the debut of a custom, patriotic-themed paint scheme on the No. 4 Folds of Honor/Outback Steakhouse/Budweiser Chevrolet SS piloted by Kevin Harvick during Sunday's race. 

"Outback has been a proud supporter of our service men and women for more than 25 years and we're honored to continue to celebrate those who protect our country each and every day," said Jeff Smith, President of Outback Steakhouse. "We're excited to expand our partnership with Folds of Honor this year to help even more families by providing 50 additional educational scholarships to families of true American heroes."

"Since founding Folds of Honor in 2007, Major Dan Rooney has worked tirelessly to give back to families of men and women that have sacrificed so much for our country," said NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. "It was a privilege to work with Outback to represent such a wonderful cause during Sunday's race."

2015 marks the second year of Outback's partnership with Folds of Honor, which gives educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members. This year, Outback has committed to donating $250,000 to the organization, which will provide assistance to 50 families across the nation.

"Outback's generous partnership will help ensure families of fallen military members will have access to education they may otherwise miss out on," said Major Dan Rooney. "It's inspiring to see a company like Outback show its commitment to supporting our armed service members with such a substantial donation. We look forward to continuing this relationship and positively affecting families across the nation."

Along with the increased Folds of Honor partnership and custom paint scheme at last weekend's race, Outback is offering all active or retired military members 15 percent off their entire check through July 4, 2015 (with a valid military ID at participating restaurants). To further honor the sacrifices that service members and their families make, this year Outback is extending the offer to include immediate family members of military personnel.

Whether feeding troops actively serving abroad or feeding heroes as they return home, Outback has been an ardent supporter of military service men and women for more than two decades. Over the past five years alone, Outback has donated more than $3 million to aid military families as service members transitioned out of active duty by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and financial assistance. For more information on Outback's military efforts, or to learn more about how you can help support Folds of Honor, please visit

About Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. For more information, please visit or

About Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 7,500 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,000 in 2014 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jeff Kyle-Your Hero's Name Here 400 Winner #nascar

Brickyard 400 Race Renamed After Military Hero

When tens of thousands of race fans visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of NASCAR’s biggest races of the summer, one name will stick out among the rest. Come race day, not only will fans recognize the name within the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 race title, but they will also understand the reason why Jeff Kyle is being honored as an American hero.

Today in his home state, during a special reveal event at the Texas Rangers game, Kyle was announced as the winner of Crown Royal® Canadian Whisky’s annual “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, which awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a deserving hero. As the program winner, Kyle’s name will be incorporated into the official race title, Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.

Kyle, of Lorena, Texas, was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Africa while serving in the military for eight years. During his time with the 3rd Marine Division, Kyle received the Navy Achievement Medal for leading the first Marine detachment to transport a nuclear submarine through hostile waters.

After leaving the military, Sergeant Kyle has dedicated his life to helping his fellow servicemen and women through his tireless efforts to bring awareness to veterans’ needs. Kyle advocates for veterans across the nation and provides support through his involvement with a handful of organizations.

A board member of the Guardian For Heroes Foundation, Kyle oversees the stewardship of the charity which provides free, in-home fitness equipment, health club memberships, personal training, life coaching and support for the disabled. He also plays a large role with American Valor, the foundation which runs the memorial benefit to honor his brother, CPO and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle*. In addition, Kyle is one of the founders of Texas Elite Tactical Academy and trains individuals about firearms safety through his passion to educate those in a safe environment.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m deserving of this recognition,” said Kyle, of being named the winner of the 2015 “Your Hero’s Name Here” program. “My true service to this country didn’t begin until I got out of the military and I’m proud to be in the position I am.”

Today at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, over 29,000 fans witnessed the announcement of Kyle as the 2015 “Your Hero’s Name Here” winner as the official race logo incorporating his name was unveiled during the pre-game festivities. As Kyle made his way to the mound to throw the honorary first pitch, the logo was displayed across every screen within the stadium.

After the monumental moment, Kyle was greeted off the field by his closest family and friends who surprised him in celebration of the honor, alongside representatives from Crown Royal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle’s wife and parents were in attendance, as well as Kyle’s personal hero and nominator for the program, 2014 “Your Hero’s Name Here” race namesake and Green Beret John Wayne Walding.

“Jeff has made his sacrifice time and time again, whether he’s serving his country overseas, locally or nationally,” said Walding. “After everything he has done living his life for others, having something that is just for him will be really special.”

This will mark the ninth time the Crown Royal brand has awarded NASCAR race naming rights to an adult fan. After receiving hundreds of entries during the nomination period, five heroes were chosen as finalists and adult fans had the opportunity to cast their votes for the person they felt was most deserving of the honor. In addition to Kyle, program finalists included: Benjamin Parker, retired Army Staff Sergeant from Cincinnati, Ohio; Hector Manley, community leader from Bonita Springs, Fla.; Brendan Marrocco, retired Army Sergeant from Staten Island, N.Y.; and Margy Bons, founder of the Military Assistance Mission from Phoenix, Ariz.

“Jeff Kyle’s dedication to helping veterans in Texas and across the country is a testament to his selfless nature,” said Matt Pechman, Brand Director for Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. “The race on July 26th will mark a special event for Kyle as he’ll experience his first NASCAR race in an incredibly unique way – as the namesake!”

As the “Your Hero’s Name Here” winner, Kyle will receive the ultimate VIP race weekend, including garage tours and pace car rides before delivering the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane.

While raising a glass to the heroes in your life,
Crown Royal reminds consumers to please drink responsibly.

* NASCAR Race Mom just watched the Movie Based on the story of Jeff Kyle's brother's sacrifice. While the film takes several dramatic liberties with the story; I was moved and educated by this work.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father’s Day Weekend A Highlight For #NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Family Values

NASCAR has always treasured the family aspect of the sport and this Father’s Day weekend the sport shines a bright light on the relationships between fathers and their children. Below is a look at some of the active drivers this weekend at Chicago and their fathers that have also participated in NASCAR. 

Father’s Day Weekend A Highlight For #NASCAR XFINITY Series’ Family Values

One of the most famous father-son duos in the NASCAR XFINITY Series today is JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott and his father NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott. Both have had careers that are quite impressive, though Chase is the only one with a NASCAR XFINITY Series title. Bill Elliott’s career was primarily focused on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series but he did moonlight in the NASCAR XFINITY Series 43 times, posting one win (Watkins Glen), eight top fives and 18 top 10s. In Chase Elliott’s short career he has started in 46 series races posting three wins (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), 22 top fives and 37 top 10s.

Or how about Richard Childress Racing and how they have made competing in NASCAR a family affair. Richard Childress is the grandfather of drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon and the father-in-law to Mike Dillon, Austin and Ty’s father. All four men have competed in NASCAR’s national series competition and continue to work in the organization today. Richard Childress made 285 starts in the NSCS and Mike Dillon has made 154 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, posting three top fives and 15 top 10s. Austin Dillon has made 88 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, posting one championship (2013), four wins, 38 top fives, 62 top 10s and 14 poles. He also won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title. Ty Dillon is currently second in the NXS standings. His series-career has seen 58 starts with one win (Indianapolis), 11 top fives and 37 top 10s.

Another driver following in his father’s footsteps is Ryan Blaney. Ryan’s father, Dave Blaney is a renowned dirt racer that has competed in all three NASCAR national series (just like his son). Dave Blaney has made 121 NXS starts posting one win (Charlotte) and 31 top 10s. Ryan Blaney will be back in the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske this weekend. Blaney has made 34 NASCAR XFINITY Series starts, posting two wins and 26 top 10s.

The newest duo to the father-son NASCAR group are the Kenseths. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth will get the chance to watch his son Ross Kenseth make his series debut this weekend at Chicago. Matt Kenseth has made 289 starts in the NXS posting 29 wins, 137 top fives, 200 top 10s and 16 poles.

Just in time for Father’s Day #nascar


All us NASCAR Nuts have our favorite driver t-shirts. However, now, just in time for Father’s Day, you can order your own Driver Polo.

Make sure dad looks official at the track this summer in his very own driver polo. These new lines of driver polos by Under Amour and Chase Authentics are constructed with top of the line material and feature high quality graphics.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

FOX Sports Adds Four-Time NASCAR Champion

NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Analyst in 2016


Jeff Gordon, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion credited with helping take the sport mainstream, joins FOX NASCAR fulltime in 2016 as race analyst for its 16th year of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage, teaming with three-time champion Darrell Waltrip to offer seven championships’ worth of expertise. 

Gordon, currently competing in his 23rd and final full-time Sprint Cup Series season, served as race analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of three NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races this year (for video of Gordon calling the Talladega NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, click 

He has agreed to a multi-year contract that begins this season with in-race reporting from the No. 24 Chevrolet during select Cup Series races, and segues to an analyst role that commences with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2016.

“NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with FOX and to be in the booth with Mike (Joy) and Darrell,” said Gordon. “I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I’m very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.”

Gordon will call all NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races, practice and qualifying sessions for FOX Sports alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and NASCAR Hall of Famer and analyst Darrell Waltrip. Chris Myers hosts the network’s coverage alongside analysts Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip.

Show Your Steadfast Support for Our Troops

The Coca-Cola Company and NASCAR invite fans to Share A Salute and show support for the military during #NASCARSalutes. For every tweet sent with #ShareASalute, a dollar will be donated to the USO (up to $50,000) – or you can make your own donation below.

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