NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS TO OFFER UP A "BIG CHANCE" TO ONE DRIVER
Kevin Harvick Offers Track Champ A Chance In The Big Leagues
Many drivers dream of the day they get their big break and have a chance to compete in a NASCAR upper series. For one lucky driver, that dream will come true, thanks to Dollar General and Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI).
team and a chance to qualify and race at Martinsville next spring. As is the case with all new drivers, NASCAR must issue final approval for participation in the race.
"I think it's great that Dollar General and the Music City Motorplex have teamed up to give a deserving racer the opportunity of a lifetime," said NASCAR Cup Series regular, Kevin Harvick.
"I'm a product of NASCAR's regional racing series and so is Burney Lamar," continued the 2001 Busch Series champion. "There are a lot of talented race car drivers in the country who will never get the opportunity to showcase their talent. I'm glad that Dollar General and the Motorplex asked Kevin Harvick Inc., to be involved in the search for future talent."
Burney Lamar drives the No. 77 Dollar General Monte Carlo SS for KHI in the NASCAR Busch Series. Lamar was offered an opportunity to race in one of NASCAR’s premier series after racing at local tracks around West Sacramento, Calif.
Dollar General’s Operation Big Chance is giving a 2006 competitor at Nashville’s Music City (Tenn.) Motorplex the opportunity to be a part of the Dollar General / KHI truck effort at the Martinsville, Va. race in spring 2007. The Music City Motorplex season gets underway on Friday, March 31st with a Nicorette sponsored NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing event. The Motorplex runs all of its events on Friday evenings, which will allow competitors who normally race on Saturday evenings at other tracks to participate.
The driver who earns the highest points in either the Late Model or Super Truck divisions at the Music City Motorplex at the end of the 2006 race season will get a chance to test with the Dollar General / KHI Truck Series
Mark Day and other Nashville regulars will be going for some big opportunities.
“I think it’s a great opportunity that a small-track racer can get noticed by a big time team,” said Burney Lamar. “Kevin and DeLana Harvick noticed me at the NASCAR All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway two years ago.”
"We are proud to be associated with the Music City Motorplex. This track is one of the oldest on the NASCAR circuit and has hosted some legendary events,” said Rick McNeeley, Dollar General vice president of merchandising. “Collaborating with Music City Motorplex and Kevin Harvick, Dollar General is pleased to provide a local driver the opportunity to take the next step in his or her NASCAR career with Operation Big Chance."
Burney Lamar knows what an opportunity can do for a young racer's career.
The Motorplex has launched the careers of many NASCAR stars, including the late Marty Robbins, Darrel and Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, the late Coo Coo Marlin, Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Bobby Hamilton Jr., Jeff and David Green, Casey Atwood and Chad Chaffin. The most recent driver to come from the Motorplex is Willie Allen, who raced to a sixth-place finish at a Truck Series event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this past fall.
“This is a historic event for Nashville and our competitors and fans, and we are thrilled to partner with Dollar General and Kevin Harvick,” commented Joe Mattioli, Motorplex President. “If a driver can prove that he or she can cut it here at the Fairgrounds, then they will be given a shot to get into the big leagues of NASCAR. To my knowledge, the Motorplex is the first NASCAR track to ever make such an opportunity available. This should encourage drivers from all over the mid-South to race with us this season,” Mattioli concluded.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. on March 31st, with the first race of the evening getting underway at 7:30 p.m. As part of the Dollar General / Music City Motorplex promotional program, Dollar General customers will receive discounts on tickets to Friday evening NASCAR Dodge events with the presentation of a receipt from a Dollar General store.