NASCAR Drivers Visit School, Plant Tree With Birmingham Mayor William Bell and TSS Chairman Grant Lynch as a Part of NASCAR’s Green Initiative

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Talladega Superspeedway brought NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Jeb Burton, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Timothy Peters to Avondale Park in Birmingham today to conduct a ceremonial tree planting with Birmingham Mayor William Bell. The ceremony, held in conjunction with NASCAR’s Green initiative and the Arbor Day Foundation, anticipated the track’s plan to plant 90 trees across Birmingham’s parks following the Oct 18-20 Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend that will feature the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 19.

The NASCAR “Young Guns” and Mayor Bell were joined by Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch to discuss the upcoming truck race on the high banks of Talladega, and NASCAR’s Green initiative that has grown into one of the most powerful environmental awareness platforms in the world. NASCAR’s initiatives in recycling, tree planting and renewable energy are the largest of any sport.

The tree planting this year in Birmingham by Talladega Superspeedway marks the second time the track has participated in NASCAR’s Green program. Last year the track planted 60 trees in Rosedale Park in Tuscaloosa, AL--a park that received damage from the tornadoes that ravaged the city in 2011.

Prior to the tree planting ceremony the drivers visited nearby Avondale Elementary to give students a taste of NASCAR up close by showing off a pace car and handing out tickets to each student for the Oct. 19 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola race. Some students from Avondale Elementary even came out to the tree planting to get photos with the drivers.

“Today was so much fun getting to hang out with the kids at Avondale Elementary and then getting to plant a tree in Avondale Park,” said Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Good Sam Toyota. “We were out here for a purpose, to show all the wonderful things NASCAR is doing to stay the leader in green initiatives among all sports, but we ended up having a blast while we did it. I know the city can’t wait to get the 90 trees, and I can’t wait to see all these kids out at Talladega next weekend.”

Burton, Wallace Jr. and Peters (currently ranked fourth, ninth and sixth, respectively) will be battling it out on the biggest and baddest track on the planet for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The event is the second to last race for the series’ 2013 season, and will be a critical for all three drivers in their quest to take the Championship.

The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013 for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Be a part of ‘Dega Nation by checking out www.facebook.com/TalladegaSuperspeedway or on Twitter @TalladegaSuperS. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!

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