American Ethanol, and our newest fuel in this country, E-15, is taking center stage again this weekend with national television exposure. E-15 is an important growth market for ethanol in this country, as we’ve hit the blend wall with E-10. But will that be relevant in 2013? Depends on who you ask.
The out-come of the November election will no-doubt have a lot to do with how well E-15, and ethanol in general, will play in Illinois and beyond. Anti-ethanol interests are tuning up their song, and growing their choir to epic proportion to sing the song loud and proud against ethanol.
We know not much more can happen before the election. Congress isn’t even in town. And in the lame duck? However much action we can expect on legislation is anybody’s guess, but will no doubt reflect who wins in November. But 2013 and the new Congress brings new challenges.
Now’s the time to remind your friends, neighbors, community leaders, and the person sitting next to you on your next flight, that ethanol and by extension, corn, plays an important role to the U.S. economy. It means lower gas prices, higher local, national, and federal revenues, higher farm-income, jobs, and salaries.
Here’s the rundown on what’s happening this weekend with E-15 and American Ethanol within NASCAR.
Event/Date: Kansas Lottery 300 - October 20, 2012
Venue: Kansas Speedway
News & Notes:
- This Week's American Ethanol Toyota ... Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing with Brack Maggard chassis No. 42 in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. A workhorse of the RAB Racing stable, this Toyota Camry has raced nine times in 2012, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in March, at Texas Motor Speedway in April, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in June, at Iowa Speedway in August, and at Richmond International Raceway in September. Most recently, it raced at Kentucky Speedway when the series visited there last month. Drivers Alex Bowman, Brett Moffitt, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Truex and Kenny Wallace have each driven this chassis, with Wallace posting a seventh-place finish as it's best result at Auto Club Speedway.
- Wallace at Kansas ... In nine Nationwide Series starts at Kansas Speedway, Wallace has garnered one top-15 and two top-20 finishes. His best showing at the 1.5-mile track is 15th, which the St. Louis native posted in 2004's running of the annual 300 miler. Additionally, the nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 25.1 and an average finish of 22.3 at the Kansas City tri-oval.
- Catch the Action ... The Kansas Lottery 300 from Kansas Speedway will be televised live Saturday, October 20 beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Saturday, October 20 beginning at noon EDT on SPEED.
Kenny Wallace Quotes:
"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the American Ethanol Toyota Camry at Kansas Speedway. The end of the year is coming, and this always an exciting time to race. I appreciate everyone at RAB Racing and the hard work and time they spend working on our Toyota Camrys, because it doesn't take any time to get comfortable in the car after having been out of it for a few races, because the guys know me. I'm planning on going out there, having a good run, and ending the season on a good note."