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NYS Recognizes NASCAR Day on May 18

The New York State Senate joined today in acelebration of the charitable spirit of NASCAR fans by adopting aLegislative Resolution sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C,Elmira) calling on Governor Eliot Spitzer to proclaim Friday, May 18, 2007as “NASCAR Day” in New York State.NASCAR Day has become the signature charitable event of the NationalAssociation for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Foundation and drawsgenerous support among the sport’s millions of fans nationwide.Twenty-nine states, including New York, officially declared NASCAR Daycelebrations in 2006.“I’m proud to wave the green flag, so to speak, and start NASCAR Day2007 in New York State,” said Winner, whose legislative district in theSouthern Tier-Finger Lakes region includes Watkins Glen International, homeof NASCAR’s NEXTEL Cup racing at the Glen in August. “It’s an opportunityfor us to draw the attention of NASCAR fans across New York to a worthwhilecause and a worthy opportunity to express their spirit and sense ofcommunity. We’re extremely proud to welcome the NASCAR community toWatkins Glen in August, and we know that their enthusiasm, loyalty andspirit are unmatched.”NASCAR Day is the organization’s largest annual charity event and anannual celebration of the spirit of the NASCAR community, which is proud ofits distinction as the No. 1 spectator sport in America and boasts 75million fans from coast to coast.The resolution adopted by the Senate reads, in part, “In 2004, NASCARbegan an annual charity event called NASCAR Day, which unites NASCAR fansacross the country by enabling them to participate in a common humanitarianevent. . . Through the NASCAR Foundation, the general public is affordedopportunities to become involved with the community service projects NASCARsupports.”The cornerstone of the NASCAR Day event is the distribution of NASCARDay collectible lapel pins, which fans can obtain for a $5 donation atfoundation.nascar.com. All NASCAR Day proceeds benefit the NASCARFoundation and its wide range of charitable initiatives including enrichingthe lives of chronically ill children, expanding literacy, encouraging bonemarrow donations and fighting cancer.Winner noted that Watkins Glen celebrates its 21st year of NASCARNEXTEL Cup racing at the Glen this summer.“This region is noted as the home of Watkins Glen International,which over the course of more than five decades has become a nationalinstitution — the premiere road racing facility in America. Watkins Glenis a great source of pride to our region, an economic mainstay and alandmark that annually attracts visitors from around the world,” saidWinner.

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