NASCAR Embraces Ethanol Fuel Blend; Wallace, Childress on Hand to Discuss Partnership
by Chris Lusvardi (Herald Review) NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace is hoping ethanol can be the key to success in the race cars he drives.
Wallace seems to have fully embraced NASCAR’s move to use a 15 percent ethanol blend in its fuel.
He appeared during the Farm Progress Show this week in Decatur on behalf of the Illinois Soybean Association to promote the family farmer.
“It’s the best fuel out there,” Wallace said. “We’ve had zero problems with it and better performance.”
The Farm Progress Show was used as a stage to promote the partnership between NASCAR and various agricultural organizations.
Growth Energy, a group that represents producers and supporters of ethanol, brought in Sprint Cup Series team owner Richard Childress to discuss the partnership.
Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said it is critical for the agricultural industry to get its message out.
Childress would like to see expanded use of ethanol in the racing industry that would also help to boost the overall economy.
“It’s just the right thing to do for America,” Childress said. “It can create jobs. We all know how important jobs are today in America.”
…The use of ethanol in racing seems to only be beginning. Fuel using a 30 percent ethanol blend is entirely possible, Childress said.
It could even go further than that, he said.
“We could go to E30 and not miss a heartbeat,” Childress said. “With the way drivers like power, it could go beyond 50 percent.” READ MORE