NAPA Racing Martin Truex Jr. Kansas Preview



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CORNELIUS, N.C.—No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Martin Truex Jr. will put the power of NAPA KNOW HOW to good use in the Kansas City area Thursday night when he and his Michael Waltrip Racing crew members collect donations for the victims of the Joplin, Mo. tornado.

Truex will collect donations and sign autographs 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bass Pro Shops in Olathe, Kan. The first 200 fans who donate items like canned foods, blankets or toiletry items will receive a free autographed No. 56 die cast. Car owner Michael Waltrip will join Truex from 7:15-8 p.m.

Fans outside the Kansas City area also have a way to help. Truex and David Reutimann car hoods, fire suits, gloves and shoes worn during Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway will be available through the NASCAR Unites online auction at


MARTIN TRUEX JR. ON JOPLIN RELIEF PROJECT: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Joplin, Mo. To see the aftermath of the tornado is just devastating. It breaks my heart to see what happened and what all those folks are going through to just to get back on their feet. I encourage fans attending this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway to please stop by and help out. Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated.”

MICHAEL WALTRIP ON JOPLIN RELIEF PROJECT: “We’re racing in the area this weekend at Kansas Speedway and we just wanted to do something that gives back to this community and the people that mean so much to MWR, NASCAR and our partners. I also want to show the world that NASCAR has the best fans and I want everyone to come out and support our friends and neighbors in Joplin by bringing stuff they really need right now. I hope everyone in the area will come out to the Aaron’s store in Shawnee and the Bass Pro Shops in Olathe. We’ll have some fun while we collect items the people in Joplin really need. If you bring it, my guys will drive it to Joplin.”


• Also on Thursday from 6-8 p.m., No. 00 Aaron’s/TUMS Toyota team members and driver David Reutimann along with JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Clorox Toyota driver Bobby Labonte will host collections at the Aaron’s store located at 12108 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee, Kan. Waltrip will also be in attendance from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

• Sunday’s race marks Truex’s 202nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. In five starts at Kansas Speedway, he has one top-15 and three top-20 finishes. He has led 32 laps of competition. His average start is 17th and finish is 26th.

• NAPA Racing will host Honorary Pit Crew Member Dennis Promes. He owns and operates Wynot Oil Company in Wynot, Neb. It is a general repair shop and NAPA AutoCare Center.

• Check out NAPA Reserve Online. Visit to make shopping for an auto part easier. Order online and pick up at your favorite NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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