Music City Racer Gets Martinsville Truck Series Opportunity
Dollar General stores’ Operation Big Chance at Nashville’s Music City Motorplex promised this season that one lucky driver would have the chance to race their way to a dream come true with the help of Dollar General and Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI). Late model racer Mark Day raced his way into an opportunity to qualify a KHI NASCAR Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in the spring of 2007.
The whole concept of Operation Big Chance was drawn up by Music City Motorplex president, Joe Mattioli. “The whole history of Nashville and the track has really evolved and being a winner here has proven that drivers can go NASCAR racing,” said Mattioli. “The list is endless of drivers that launched their career from Nashville. Operation Big Chance with the help of Kevin Harvick Inc. and Dollar General has found a 45-year-old driver, Mark Day. I don’t know where this will lead Mark’s career, but to have the opportunity to drive for a first class team, I know Mark will represent the Motorplex, Kevin Harvick Inc and Dollar General well.”
Day earned his first Late Model Championship at the Music City Motorplex this season. Dollar General stores will be the primary sponsor on KHI’s Chevrolet Silverado truck for Mark. Dollar General stores is a track sponsor at the Music City Motorplex, as well as a NASCAR Busch Series sponsor for KHI.
“I know Mark Day is a seasoned veteran and will be a great representative of Nashville’s Music City Motorplex,” said Kevin Harvick, owner and CEO of Kevin Harvick Inc. “Mark has all the ability in the world, he will be a great addition to our KHI team for the Martinsville Truck race. I know he’ll make the most of this opportunity.”
Dollar General has been the common denominator between Kevin Harvick Inc. and the Music City Motorplex. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., is a track sponsor at the Motorplex.
"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 Mark Day the opportunity to take the next step in his NASCAR career with Operation Big Chance."
In preparation for the 2007 Martinsville event, Mark Day visited KHI on Wednesday, October 4. Day met with KHI president Fred Lekse and general manager Rick Carelli prior to a short interview opportunity with Kevin Harvick and motorsports media. Day had an opportunity to tour the facility and discuss plans for the 2007 Martinsville race.
“This is a great opportunity for an average racer, being 45 years-old,” said Mark Day. “I set out to be competitive and to win races, and if we weren’t going to win to finish well. It would be great for this opportunity to open up other doors, but if not, it’s still a great opportunity to race for Kevin Harvick Inc.”
Day earned the most points in the Late Model division at the Music City Motorplex, clinching the top spot by seven points over second-place. The 45-year-old, Clarksville, Tenn., native will have the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of a KHI Chevrolet Silverado. Day will attempt to qualify for the spring 2007 Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Mark Day used the high banks of Music City Motorplex to earn a seat in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry. (51 Photo)