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Lilly Trucking Returns With Rick Ware Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 18, 2015) - - Days before the green flag of the NASCAR season, Rick Ware Racing (RWR) is proud to announce that Lilly Trucking will return as a major sponsor for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season.

Lilly Trucking specializes in reliable transportation of fine machinery and machinery parts for the paper industry. Lilly Trucking is dedicated to satisfying the needs of their customers. For more than 42 years, Lilly Trucking has been able to provide quality services, accurately performed in an efficient and timely manner.

Their fleet is equipped with GPS navigation, communications and dispatch capabilities to provide their customers with the most accurate delivery information and location services possible. They are proud of their reputation for quality and integrity.

As part of their relationship with Rick Ware Racing, Lilly Trucking will be associate sponsors in two NXS entries for Saturday’s Alert Today Florida 300. In addition to hoisting its signage with the No. 15 of Carlos Contreras, Lilly Trucking will also carry associate placement on the No. 13 driven by Georgia native Chris Cockrum.

In addition to associate sponsorship roles this season, Lilly Trucking will carry title sponsorship rights in select NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season.

A fixture in the Rick Ware Racing family, Lilly Trucking will expand its role in the organization by being a co-sponsor on the No. 50 Burnie Grill / BUBBA burger® Chevrolet Silverado driven by Cody Ware in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season opener from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 20.

Furthermore, the company will also back Ware’s teammate Donnie Neuenberger in the No. 1 Chevrolet Silverado in a joint effort with MAKE Motorsports.

unnamed“Lisa (Ware) and I are so thankful to have such a great and loyal sponsor as Lilly Trucking,” said team principal Rick Ware. “Dennis and Sharon are wonderful people and are huge NASCAR fans. They do so much for Rick Ware Racing and our team and we look forward to having a successful season with them aboard.”

Cody Ware, the son of Lisa and Rick Ware is also equally excited to represent a company that has been instrumental in the success of his family’s race team.

“I’m ecstatic to have Lilly Trucking on board in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Ware. “To have their continued support on a much larger scale is greatly appreciated.

“Sponsorship is scarce and far apart these days and to have someone like loyal like Lilly Trucking is wonderful. I can’t say enough about how much it to me to have them apart of my career.”

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps / 250 miles) is the first of 23 events on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. The first practice session of the year begins on Thursday, February 18th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. Round two is set for later in the afternoon from 3:30 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Friday, February 20th scheduled to lift off at 4:45 p.m. The 32-truck starting field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the anticipated thriller is tentatively scheduled to lift off at 7:00 p.m. also on FOX Sports 1.

The Alert Today Florida 300 (120 laps / 300 miles) is the first of 33 events on the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule. The first practice session of the year begins on Friday, February 19th from 12:55 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. Round two is set for later in the afternoon from 3:30 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Saturday, February 21st scheduled to lift off at 12:15 p.m. The 32-truck starting field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

For more on Cody Shane Ware, follow him on Twitter @CodyShaneWare.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody Ware driver of the No. 50 Burnie Grill / BUBBA burger® Chevrolet Silverado for MAKE Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Media Contact:
Lisa Ware, Rick Ware Racing
lrware@aol.com
336.210.6411

Mackena Bell To Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing

1PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 4, 2014) - - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) confirmed today that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driver Mackena Bell will compete in Saturday’s DAV 200 at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Speedway.

By taking the green flag behind the No. 23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet, Bell will become the only female graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program to compete at a NASCAR national series level.

Bell, a native of Carson City, Nevada recently completed her second season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition driving for Rev Racing. She finished 16th in points and posted one top-10 finish in the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.

Of course, the intensity and competition level will increase ten-fold in the penultimate race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, but the 24-year is old is eager to turn heads.

“I’m just going to enjoy every minute of it,” said Bell. “For so long, I’ve put so much pressure on myself to do something, to prove something, that I’ve not always enjoyed the ride. This race will be different. I’m going to enjoy this opportunity and learn as much as possible.

“This series is very competitive and there are a lot of teams with huge sponsors and great backing. Running for a little team gives you the chance to just take it all in, experience the differences and not feel the pressure, or expectation of setting the world on fire. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Team principal Rick Ware is equally excited to see Bell’s progression throughout the weekend, as well as finesse behind the wheel in her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Mackena behind the wheel of a Rick Ware Racing car this weekend at Phoenix,” said Ware. “She exemplifies everything we look for in a young, ambitious driver. No doubt that she has a lot to learn in a short period of time, but I think she’ll be fine. I know she’s looking forward to this week, so we’ll give it all we have to make sure her Nationwide debut is one to remember.”

Of course, RWR is no stranger to working and breeding young talent throughout various forms of Motorsports. This weekend, the organization will continue to live up to its standards and introduce the second female to drive for the team this season.

“Mackena is a female who’s worked hard to get where she is at today,” he said. “It’s easy for anyone to say that she is getting this opportunity because she is a female. But, she’s earned it. She does a great job behind the wheel of a racecar and even though her learning curve is steep, she’ll do fine at Phoenix. We’ll build on it and see what’s next.”

The DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans is set for Saturday, November 8. The 200-lap contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2:15 p.m. local; 4:15 p.m. Eastern.

For more on Mackena Bell, follow her on Twitter or visit her Facebook page.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

About Rick Ware Racing:

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in every NASCAR sanctioned series, ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games and Rolex Grand-Am Series.

PHOTO CAPTION: Mackena Bell, driver of the No. 23 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Media Contact:
Lisa Ware
lrware@aol.com
336.210.6411

Carlos Contreras Reaches 100 Start Milestone At Texas Motor Speedway

1JUSTIN, Texas (October 29, 2014) - - A week after watching his nephew make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Carlos Contreras will exchange a radio for a steering wheel and compete in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). More importantly, Contreras’ start on Saturday will reach a huge milestone for the Hispanic racer. By taking the green flag in the final stretch of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season, Contreras will have competed in 100 national series races across the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, dating back to 1999.

RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro as the primary marketing partner in Contreras’ 13th race of the season. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience stores locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Recently, RaceTrac opened their 100th store in Texas to coincide with Contreras’ feat.

“I’m so happy to reach 100 races,” said Contreras. “It is something that is really special for me and my family. We were the first Hispanic driver in NASCAR in 1999, and now will be the first to reach 100 races in the national series.

“There is just so many people that I have to thank. The list goes on and on. I especially want to thank my wife, Alejandra. She left her life in Mexico to start this adventure with me. I want to thank my kids Carolos and Andrea too. Also, my brother Enrique, who was the one that started this project. He has always believed in me and has been supporting me every day. It was because of him that the door opened for me into NASCAR and that still continues today with other Hispanic drivers. Lastly, my best friend, Mike Vazquez. He is like my brother. Since 2003, we’ve been working together and he has been by my side at all times. Without his help, I wouldn’t be reaching 100 races.”

“Saturday will be such a special moment for me,” said Contreras. “It seems like yesterday that I was climbing behind the wheel for my first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in California, and now here we are 15 years later, I’m making my 100th career start.” After a much needed two week break following a 19 consecutive week stretch for the NASCAR Nationwide Series tour, the season resumes for the final three races of the year, beginning in the Lone Star state.

Contreras, a native of Mexico City, Mexico has never competed at the 1.5-mile speedway in a Nationwide car, but he does have six starts in a truck, including a ninth place finish after starting 16th in 2001. This weekend though, Contreras will reunite with TMS for the first time since 2002.

“Obviously, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Texas,” added Contreras. “I’m sure the track has changed a lot since 2002, but hopefully we can unload our No. 87 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro with some speed and keep adjusting it to the track conditions. I have a feeling the track will change a lot from the start to the end of the race, so if we can stay ahead of that, we should be able to bring home a satisfying finish on Saturday.”

He added, “As I enter my 100th race, I can’t help, but forever be grateful to RaceTrac for helping me achieve this goal. It’s because of them and people like Roman Ruiz (Global Aircraft Solutions), Hector Andreu (Hot Wheels), Mike Vazquez (38 Special, Pitbull and Voli Vodka) and of course, my current team Rick Ware Racing. Together, this weekend we make history. 100 starts in NASCAR. It’s a great feeling!”

For team owner Rick Ware, his team is honored to be a part of Contreras’ noteworthy achievement.

“It’s an honor for Rick Ware Racing to be the home for Carlos’ 100 NASCAR start,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with him and his marketing partners this season, but we’re equally as focused on making this weekend a memorable one for him and the folks at RaceTrac.

“Texas is a tough track, but I believe that Carlos can get the job done and bring home a solid finish on Saturday afternoon.”

Following Texas, Contreras is schedule to pilot a Rick Ware Racing car in the 2014 season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on November 15. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge is set for Saturday, November 1. The 200-lap contest is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Central. The green flag is scheduled to fly at 2:46 p.m. local.

For more on Carlos Contreras, follow him on Twitter or visit his Facebook page.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

About Rick Ware Racing:

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in every NASCAR sanctioned series, ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games and Rolex Grand-Am Series.

ABOUT RACETRAC:

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience store locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. In January 2012, RaceTrac introduced its new 6,000 square foot store design, featuring 24 hour Swirl World frozen yogurt, fresh salads and sandwiches, up to 24 fueling stations and more than 4,000 items to satisfy the needs of its guests. While operating under the mission of making people’s lives simpler and more enjoyable, the company has been named a top workplace by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2011 - 2013), the South Florida Business Journal (2012), the Orlando Business Journal (2011, 2013) and the Dallas Business Journal (2009 – 2010, 2013), as well as recognized on Forbes list of largest private companies (1998 - 2013). Convenience Store News has also honored RaceTrac on the Top 100 Convenience Stores list (2003 – 2013), Top 20 Growth Chain list (2013) and named Carl Bolch, Jr. as the Retailer Innovator of the Year (2009) and named RaceTrac the Best Cold & Frozen Beverage Innovator (2013). For more information, visit RaceTrac on Facebook, Twitter, Web and LinkedIn.

PHOTO CAPTION: Carlos Contreras, driver of the No. 87 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

(Photo Credit: Robert Laberge / Getty Images).

Media Contact:

Lisa Ware
lrware@aol.com
336.210.6411

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