Fastenal Dodge Plays a Part in Designing Dreams
Welcome Aboard, Hamlin: CGRFS announced last week Kevin Hamlin will drive the No.40 Fastenal Dodge at the Memphis Motorsports Park this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 presented by the Southern Dodge Dealers race. Hamlin – a 29-year-old native of Snohomish, Wash. – will be the fifth different driver to climb behind the wheel of the Fastenal Dodge this 2008 season. He is a member of the Fastenal Team of Drivers which has included Bryan Clauson, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Reed Sorenson.
Just to Recap this Year: Hamlin has spent the majority of this year serving as a test driver and spotter for CGRFS. He has recorded two NNS starts so far this season, driving for Pat MacDonald during both efforts in the No.81 Dodge. He first drove for MacDonald at Auto Club Speedway this past August and then more recently at Dover International Speedway this past September. Both runs resulted in top-25 finishes.
Mobile Garage: Before heading to the track Friday morning, the No.40 Fastenal Team is making a special stop on Thursday morning to visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Since a lot of the children and their families won’t have the opportunity to go to the Memphis Motorsports Park this upcoming Saturday, the Fastenal Team is doing its best to bring the track to them by taking their Fastenal transporter to the hospital for the children and their families to tour and see the team’s race car in person. Hamlin, Bryan Clauson and the majority of the No.40 Fastenal Team, will also be on site to visit with the hospital staff, children and their families and friends.
Fastenal Dodge Plays a Part in Designing Dreams: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge will have a different look this weekend at Memphis as part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Design-a-Dream contest. Eight Nationwide Series cars will sport special paint schemes designed by children at St Jude’s in this weekend’s race at Memphis, including the No.40 Fastenal Dodge. Along with Hamlin’s No.40 Fastenal Dodge, defending series champion Carl Edwards is part of the program, as is defending race winner David Reutimann, Jason Leffler, Scott Wimmer, Scott Lagasse Jr., Stanton Barrett and D.J. Kennington.
Hamlin Helps Spread the Word about Responsible Driving at Local High School: Thursday afternoon, Hamlin will visit Millington (Tenn.) Central High School to drive home the message that multitasking behind the wheel puts drivers and their fellow motorists at risk. Hamlin will be participating in the high school driver education event as part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series sponsorship that has been working throughout the 2008 season to spread the word about the dangers of driving while distracted. The program gives teens an opportunity to get driver autographs, clock the fastest time in a NASCAR racing simulator, and see firsthand the impact text messaging has on their driving abilities while racing in the NASCAR simulator. In a survey released by Nationwide Mutual Insurance of 1,500 drivers, nearly 40 percent of the teenagers and young adults surveyed admitted they send and receive text messages while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted drivers account for nearly four out of five crashes in the U.S., and the problem is especially bad for young drivers.
Hamlin on Track at Memphis: Hamlin has one start at Memphis. That run was in October 2005, when Hamiln drove the No.4 Dodge for Fred Biagi (started 17th, finished 14th).
A Little Bit about His Career: Hamlin made his career-first Nationwide Series start at Pikes Peak International Raceway in July 2005 (finished 17th) and signed up to be part of the CGRFS Driver Development Program later that same year. In just 24 NNS runs to-date, Hamlin currently holds a career-best 10th-place start (July 2005) and seventh-place finish (July 2007). Both have resulted out of Gateway International Raceway efforts.
Fastenal Racing Internship at CGRFS: Fastenal Company and its racing partner CGRFS have selected Kari Lynn Rios and Tyler Rapp to participate in Fastenal’s Second Annual NASCAR Internship Program. The week-long internship begins Oct. 26, when Rios and Rapp will travel to the CGRFS race shop in Concord, N.C., to help prepare the No.40 Fastenal Dodge for the team’s Nov. 1 NNS race at Texas Motor Speedway. Rios and Rapp will then travel to Texas and join the crew in the pits during the race. Fastenal selected both Rios and Rapp based on their academic records and personal essays, following a nationwide application process targeting automotive trade students. Rios recently graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio, where she maintained an “A” average as an automotive high performance major and worked with a local ARCA RE/MAX Series crew on the side. Although she’s currently employed as a transmission builder through the week, she works on dirt-modified cars on the weekends and is looking forward to honing her race mechanic skills alongside some of the top professionals in the sport. Rapp is a recent graduate from the North Dakota State College of Science, where he also maintained an “A” average as an automotive technology major. In January, he’ll begin the Motorsports Vehicle Technology program at Lanier Tech in Georgia. Now, he’ll have a chance to tell his classmates and professors what it’s like to work as part of a NASCAR crew. As part of the internship, Rios’ University of Northwestern Ohio Acting Division Head/Department Chair Paul Higgins and Rapp’s North Dakota State College of Science instructor Paul Mosey will both be flown to the Texas Motor Speedway race and provided with pit row seats, courtesy of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). The school will also receive a seven-piece SAE reversing wrench roll set from GearWrench.
NNS Owner Standings Update: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is currently 20th in the NNS owner standings. With a current tally of 3,243, the team is 338 points away from the top 15. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.