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Virginia Army National Guard returns as sponsor at South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — "In the Army National Guard, we care."

That slogan is used in recruiting advertisements nationwide. The Virginia Army National Guard has taken it one step further by showing it also cares about short track racing.

For the second straight season, the Virginia Army National Guard has signed on as a sponsor at America's Hometown Track — South Boston Speedway.

In 2004, the Virginia Army National Guard served as the sponsor for touring visits by the Virginia-Carolina Ford Focus Midget Series. This year, the Virginia Army National Guard strengthened its sponsorship by signing on as the season-long sponsor of the Pure Stock Division.

"Race fans are some of the most loyal Americans around," Master Sergeant Chuck Horton said. "What better way is there for us to honor those who cherish our American freedom than to be a sponsor at South Boston Speedway?"

Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice voiced pleasure in having the Virginia Army National Guard back on board as a sponsor in 2005 at the four-tenths mile asphalt oval.

"We have developed a great relationship with the Virginia Army National Guard," Rice said. "We are thrilled to have them as a sponsor again in 2005 and are really appreciative of the work they do, not only locally, but around the world to preserve our American freedom."

Ironically, in the first race Pure Stock Division race under the Virginia Army National Guard sponsorship this season, Shawn Laws, who serves in the Air Force and was stationed in Iraq last year, scored a victory in the 30-lap event. Following his victory, Laws grabbed an American flag and took a victory lap around the speedway, waving the red, white and blue the entire way.

For more information about South Boston Speedway, phone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Media Contacts:
Tim Chandler
South Boston Speedway
Director of Media Operations
Office Phone: (336) 599-0162, extension 111
Speedway Office Phone: (434) 572-4947



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