MOORESVILLE, NC (March 30, 2011) – Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of longtime marketing partner, ABF, to the sponsorship line-up of its No. 30 Chevrolet. The freight transportation services company will adorn the hood of the No. 30 Impala in four NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events, listed below, piloted by NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) young gun, James Buescher.
4/16 Talladega Superspeedway
4/29 Richmond International Raceway
5/14 Dover International Speedway
11/15 Texas Motor Speedway
Returning to Turner Motorsports in 2011 will mark ABF Freight’s seventh year as a Nationwide Series team sponsor. Last season, Jason Leffler drove the ABF ‘green machine’ in seven events, bringing home two top-five and six top-10 finishes, dispelling the tale that a green car is bad luck! Coming off a very successful 2010 the company is thrilled to have a chance to work with an up-and-comer like Buescher.
“ABF is pleased to have James Buescher behind the wheel of the No. 30 ABF Chevrolet Impala this year,” said Russ Aikman, ABF director of marketing. “We look forward to an exciting year as James contends for wins throughout the 2011 season.”
Buescher, who drives full-time in the NCWTS for Turner Motorsports, has made one Nationwide Series start in 2011, finishing 13th after starting 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Texas-native is equally as excited to work with the Nationwide Series team, led by veteran crew chief, Stewart Cooper.
“I am really excited to get the chance to represent ABF in the Nationwide Series again. I made my third ever Nationwide Series start with their support in 2008 and brought home a top-15! Hopefully this year we can take it to the next level and go out and contend for wins. I have a lot of work to do to rival Jason’s [Leffler] success with ABF last season, but I am sure this No. 30 team can do it! We are going to work really hard to get the ABF Impala into victory lane in 2011!”
About ABF: Established in 1923, ABF is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF’s strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only six-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President’s Trophy for Safety, the only five-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF has accomplished twice. ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper® service. Regional shipping handled via the carrier’s RPM Network, providing next-day and second-day shipping. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries. ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS). For more information on ABF, visit http://www.abfs.com/default.asp
About Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its sophomore season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas-native, Steve Turner, the organization has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in the Camping World Truck Series and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team boasts an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Brad Sweet. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, which will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc. for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners include Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, BRANDT, Rexall, Exide, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Fraternal Order of Eagles and ABF Freight. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.turnermotorsportsllc.com.