Young guns take part in NASCAR Green initiative
October 11, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Jeb Burton, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Timothy Peters visited Avondale Park in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday to conduct a ceremonial tree planting with city mayor William Bell. The ceremony, held in conjunction with the NASCAR Green initiative and the Arbor Day Foundation, anticipated Talladega Superspeedway's plan to plant 90 trees across Birmingham’s parks following the Oct 18-20 Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend, that will also feature the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola Truck Series race on Oct. 19.
The NASCAR “Young Guns” and Bell were joined by Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch to discuss the upcoming truck race on the high banks of Talladega, and NASCAR’s Green initiative that has grown into one of the most powerful environmental awareness platforms in the world.
The tree planting this year in Birmingham marks the second time the track has participated in NASCAR’s Green program. Last year the track planted 60 trees in Rosedale Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- a park that received damage from the tornadoes that ravaged the city in 2011.
Prior to the tree planting ceremony, the drivers visited nearby Avondale Elementary to give students a taste of NASCAR up close by showing off a pace car and handing out tickets to each student for the Oct. 19 race. Some students from Avondale Elementary came out to the tree planting to get photos with the drivers.
“(It) was so much fun getting to hang out with the kids at Avondale Elementary and then getting to plant a tree in Avondale Park,” said Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “We were out here for a purpose, to show all the wonderful things NASCAR is doing to stay the leader in green initiatives among all sports, but we ended up having a blast while we did it. I know the city can’t wait to get the 90 trees, and I can’t wait to see all these kids out at Talladega next weekend.”
Burton, Wallace Jr. and Peters are currently ranked fourth, ninth and sixth, respectively, in the points standings.