Thursday, June 10, 2010

AJ Gets His Short Track On - For Charity

Did watching the Prelude to the Dream get any of you fans revved up for some short track racing? Well if you are an AJ Allmendinger fan and your local home track is either Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI or Elko Speedway in Elko, MN – you’re in for a treat. AJ will be racing at both tracks in the coming weeks.

First up on AJ’s schedule is a 50 lap Modified event at Berlin Raceway on June 15th, just two days after the NASCAR circuit hits the Michigan International Speedway. AJ will climb behind the wheel of the #97 Modified, which competes to raise money for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids, MI.

Prior to the race, families from the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with AJ. He will also sign autographs on the concourse prior to the races that night. The 50 lap shootout will be run in conjunction with Kyle “Rowdy” Busch’s Super Series Race – the Rowdy’s Revenge 251. Go to for more details on the event.

Next up on the home track circuit for AJ will be a stop at Elko Speedway on July 8th, just before the NASCAR drivers converge on Chicagoland Speedway. The track at Elko is just a short drive from Minneapolis, MN – home base for AJ’s sponsor Best Buy. The Speedway is hosting a charity exhibition race to kick off Dirt Nationals.

Other drivers participating in the event are Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, and Jason Leffler. Besides just the exhibition race with the NASCAR drivers, there is also a Late Model Series race and live music afterwards. All proceeds from the event are being donated to charity, and admission includes autograph and Q&A sessions with the drivers. For more information visit

While AJ does his part in racing for charity, his sponsor Best Buy is also doing something wonderful to support the basic foundation of racing – the local home tracks, where most drivers have their roots. Best Buy has partnered with a regional stock car series, the ASA Midwest Tour.

Best Buy is helping to make it possible for racing aficionados to watch the nation’s top Super Late Model stock car drivers in action at their local tracks. Check out for a schedule of ASA Midwest races near you.

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