'Turtleman' invited to Kentucky Speedway races

June 20, 2013, NASCAR.com

Turtle Man

Animal Planet star will be on hand for Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts

Ain’t no party like a Turtleman party.

When all three NASCAR national series roll into Kentucky Speedway next weekend, the star of Animal Planet’s hit series Call of the Wildman will be on hand all weekend for a handful of events.

Ernie Brown Jr., best known as “Turtleman,” will participate in the Kentucky Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities Pulling for Kids Clay Shoot on June 27 at Dave Kelley’s Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, Ky. He’ll also be greeting speedway season ticket holders during their June 29 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts prerace infield party before visiting the venue’s Fan Zone at 4:30 p.m.

Brown Jr., has been exploring the backwoods of Kentucky and learning about wildlife since childhood. He employs the dangerous bare-handed technique he learned from his father and uncle to capture snapping turtles.

"People think I'm crazy, but they can't help but like me," he said in a press release from the track.

The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts includes a race-day concert with platinum-selling country music artist Billy Currington presented by Kroger and anchors a NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the speedway. Racing begins Thursday, June 27 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 and continues Friday, June 28 with the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300.