MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Fresh off a top-10 finish this past weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) driver Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to AM Racing for Friday night’s Vankor 350k at Texas Motor Speedway.
For the fifth NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race of the year, AM Racing will carry the brand of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, while also commemorating GO TEXAN and their 20th-year celebration for Wallace’s fifth start at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Sorghum is the world’s fifth-most important grain crop and is grown on approximately 100 million acres worldwide, including approximately six million acres in the U.S. Currently, Texas and Kansas account for 80 percent of U.S. sorghum production.
The Sorghum Checkoff focuses on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock in the ethanol industry and urges consumers to choose E15 at the pumps. Ethanol serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry, as ethanol producers typically use about one-third of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.
The Sorghum Checkoff program was introduced to AM Racing through GO TEXAN who is celebrating its third year of partnership with the team and serving as the primary partner on AM Racing’s truck for a majority of the 2019 season.
In Wallace’s previous four starts in the Lone Star state, he has delivered three top-10 finishes, including a personal-track best of sixth in his track debut in 2013 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
After finishing 10th at Martinsville and adding to the team’s top-10 run in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the team seeks their third top-10 to kickoff the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season.
“I’m looking forward to having “Bubba” back in the truck this weekend at Texas,” offered crew chief Eddie Troconis. “We made great strides at Martinsville this past weekend and rebuilt our communication and I feel like we can go to Texas and equal or better our showing from Martinsville.
“Historically, Texas has been a solid track for Bubba and if we can earn another top-10 finish – it will be a performance that will give our team some much-welcomed momentum heading into our spring break.”
AM Racing general manager Kevin Cywinski noted that Texas is one of the team’s marquee events this season and has put a lot of emphasis on their No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado for the first of two races at the Fort Worth facility this weekend.
“We feel very confident about the truck we are bringing to the track this weekend,” offered Cywinski.
“Eddie and the team have been working very hard since Martinsville to make sure the truck is to their liking. We want to be better on the mile-and-a-half tracks this year and we believe the feedback from Bubba will allow us to enhance our on-track product for the rest of the Truck Series season.”
In addition to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, AM Racing partners GO TEXAN will serve as a major associate partner on March 29.
GO TEXAN was established in 1999 to promote Texas agriculture products under one easily recognized trademark- an iconic brand in the shape of Texas. Fast forward 20 years and TDA’s award-winning campaign continues to thrive as a powerful marketing catalyst; envied by competitors yet admired and respected on a worldwide stage.
This year, AM Racing has started a rocker panel program where GO TEXAN members can ride alongside the famous mark with their own branded logo being featured on the truck.
AM Racing associate partners Flying Circle and CForce are also proud GO TEXAN products.
To learn about the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and sorghum’s benefits, please visit sorghumcheckoff.com.
For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.
For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.
The Vankor 350k (147 laps| 220.5 miles) is the fifth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., March 28 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 5:05 p.m. – 5:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Mar. 29 beginning at 4:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).
About the United Sorghum Checkoff Program:
Sorghum is truly a versatile crop that can be grown as a grain, forage or sweet crop. The United States is the world’s largest producer of grain sorghum, having produced 480 million bushels in 2016.
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer-funded organization dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education.
About GO TEXAN:
Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.
Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.
About AM Racing:
AM Racing is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance.