Iowa Companies Sponsor USAC Triple Crown Races

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Iowa Speedway is pleased to announce that Pioneer Hi-Bred, First Class Credit Union and Boyer Petroleum signed on as presenting sponsors of the Casey’s General Stores United States Auto Club (USAC) Triple Crown Race in Newton, Iowa.

Fans can spend an evening under the lights at Iowa Speedway and watch as drivers compete in three races — a 25 lap midget car race, followed by a 100 lap silver crown car race and a second 25 lap midget car race — beginning at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

This has been dubbed “Pride of Iowa Day” at Iowa Speedway because all the sponsors are Iowa-based companies.

Casey’s, headquartered in Ankeny, has been an official partner of the Iowa Speedway for the past five years. In addition to its fan walk and USAC sponsorships, Casey’s assists with in-store promotions and Iowa Speedway pace car appearances at many of its Central Iowa convenience store locations.

“Iowa Speedway is a great attraction for our state,” says Casey’s Vice President of Marketing Mike Richardson. “We’re pleased to be an official partner and provide more than 453 clean, convenient store locations for racing fans to fuel up on their way to the track.”

In addition to the Pride of Iowa Day and USAC sponsorships, Pioneer Hi-Bred is also a presenting sponsor of the Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Iowa Corn Indy 250 IZOD IndyCar Series races at Iowa Speedway.

“Pride of Iowa Day showcases some of the best assets our state has to offer,” says Todd Frazier, Pioneer business director for Iowa and Missouri. “Friendly people, a first-class race day experience and, of course, agriculture.”

First Class Credit Union and Boyer are first-time race sponsors but both companies are deeply rooted in the state of Iowa.

First Class Credit Union has been serving postal workers and Iowa communities since 1925. “We are proud to partner with Iowa Speedway for the 2011 racing season because of the positive impact it has on our state’s economy,” says CEO Kent Strawn. “The track creates a lot of jobs and race weekends generate a significant amount of revenue for our communities.”

Family-owned and operated oil distribution company Boyer Petroleum is celebrating 75 years of service in the Des Moines community. Boyer is also the official oil supplier of Iowa Speedway.

“We wanted to do something special in honor of our 75th anniversary,” says David Boyer, President of Boyer Petroleum. “We decided that sponsoring a race, in conjunction with the Pride of Iowa Day, was a natural fit for an Iowa-based motor oil company like us.”

Iowa Speedway Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Chuck Spicer says the outpouring of support the track receives from local companies enables them to provide a better race day experience for their fans.

“We are able to offer free parking, live musical entertainment, a post-race fireworks show and affordable ticket prices because of the support we receive from Iowa-based companies like Casey’s, Pioneer, First Class Credit Union and Boyer,” says Spicer. “We hope fans will join us for the Pride of Iowa Day celebrating the people that make our state a great place to live, work – and race.”

Fans are encouraged to stick around for the Never Shout Never concert beginning immediately after the Casey’s General Stores USAC Triple Crown Race on the Grinnell Mutual Insurance Stage. This is all part of an exciting race weekend at Iowa Speedway featuring the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer IZOD IndyCar Series Race at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-RUSTY-GO or visiting www.iowaspeedway.com.

About Casey’s General Stores

In 1959, Founder Don Lamberti leased a store from his father on east 14th and Broadway in Des Moines, Iowa. After nine years of operating this old country store, which he remodeled into a convenience store, Don's gas supplier and friend Kurvin C. Fish, suggested that Don buy the service station in Boone, Iowa. Using the knowledge from his store in Des Moines, Don converted the gas station into a convenience store. The Boone store was named "Caseys" by using Kurvin C. Fish's initials. Don realized he was on to something and decided to establish the stores in communities with a population of 5,000 or less. Through the years, Casey's success has been attributed to clean stores, restrooms, and the friendly employees who pride themselves in customer service. Casey's customers have come to know that inside each store they will find dedicated, helpful, and well-trained employees, exceptional prepared food items, and a clean environment in which to shop. To learn more, visit www.caseys.com.

About Boyer Petroleum

As one of Iowa’s most respected bulk oil distributors, Boyer Petroleum provides businesses with motor oil, lubricants, grease and other petroleum products from trusted brands like Exxon, Mobil, Conoco, Phillips and Petro-Canada. Boyer Petroleum is celebrating 75 years of being family-owned and providing quality products and quintessential service to customers throughout Iowa. To learn more, visitwww.boyerpetroleum.com.  

About First Class Credit Union

First Class Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution with branches in Des Moines and West Des Moines that serves postal workers and the community. First Class Credit Union offers a wide variety of services such as savings, checking, loans, IRAs, CDs and online statement information. To learn more, visit www.gofirstclass.org or call 1-800-392-7122.

About Pioneer Hi-Bred

A DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.

About Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway is a state-of-the-art 7/8 mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located just 30 miles east of Des Moines at I-80 Exit 168 in Newton, Iowa. The track is owned and operated by U.S. Motorsport Corporation and designed by former NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace, now an anchor and analyst for ABC-TV/ESPN. Iowa Speedway is designed for year-round use and includes 30,000 permanent grandstand seats. Call 1-866-RUSTY-GO, visit www.iowaspeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway to learn more.