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Draf10 Motorsports Inc. ™, an NCMA member since 2014, announced today that they will be an associate sponsor on the FDNY Racing #28 Chevy Silverado for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20th.

Teaming with veteran owner Jim Rosenblum and the FDNY Racing organization, this will be Draf10 Motorsports’ first entry into NASCAR.

The two organizations have come together because of their strong passion for NASCAR and their desire to give back.  FDNY Racing works with the FDNY Widow’s and Children’s Fund.  Draf10 Motorsports, along with its sister company, The Draf10 Foundation, a not for profit organization, supports advancements in pediatric medicine and education; this includes but is not limited to STEM.

“It is an honor to be working with FDNY Racing and all that they stand for,” states Mark Knight, President of Draf10 Motorsports and The Draf10 Foundation. “It’s not just about the cars on the track. It is about the passion and the fans.”


Barrett-Jackson, “The Worlds Greatest Collector Car Auctions” Company and the West World of Scottsdale facility will hold a weekend of B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen driver training programs in the Phoenix area. Barrett-Jackson is a new supporter of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), the organization founded by drag racing champion, Doug Herbert. Thanks to the commitment from Barrett-Jackson, KIA Motors USA and longtime charity supporters The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in helping B.R.A.K.E.S. save the lives of teenage motorists through the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools offered free by the non-profit 3(c) organization. On the weekend of January 16-17th, 2016 these nationally-acclaimed driving courses will be coming to legendary West World facility in Scottsdale for the first time.

“This is just a fantastic boost to our program,” says Herbert, who created B.R.A.K.E.S. in 2008 following the tragic highway accident that claimed the lives of his young sons, Jon and James.

“B.R.A.K.E.S. has taught students in the Phoenix area in the past, but this time, we’ll be offering our courses at this incredible Barrett-Jackson facility in Scottsdale. Having such great people and companies supporting our debut in Scottsdale has our entire B.R.A.K.E.S. team smiling from ear to ear. Now with our Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools coming to the West World Facility, that facility will take on even greater meaning and significance for me and everyone at B.R.A.K.E.S.”

“The B.R.A.K.E.S. organization is just incredible,” says a spokesperson from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation “Teaching our teenagers how to be safer, more mature drivers is so important these days with so many distractions like cell phones and loud stereos stealing their attention. The B.R.A.K.E.S Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools help kids to remain focused while driving and teach them car control skills to help them avoid having an accident when the unexpected happens.”

“I have always been a huge fan of the Barrett-Jackson Auctions and I love coming to the Phoenix area to visit our friends from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation,” adds Herbert. “Now with our Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools coming to the West World Facility, that facility will take on even greater meaning and significance for me and everyone at B.R.A.K.E.S.”

The Barrett-Jackson Auctions support of B.R.A.K.E.S. will include the auction of Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. themed NHRA Top Fuel Dragster on the evening of January 26th, 2016 with all proceeds to benefit the charity. More details to follow.

For more information on the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools, eligibility guidelines, and to register (teenagers and their parents are required to sign up), please log on

B.R.A.K.E.S. is a non-profit 3(c) organization.

Piedmont Racing Expo

The Piedmont Racing Expo will celebrate its 30th year of the annual short track motorsports trade show and auction on Jan. 15-16 at the Exhibition Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. With assistance this year from, Sanitary Café, Funwood Auction Sales, Richard Petty Museum & the past several years assistance from Holley Carburetors, Butlerbuilt Racing Seats, and Radio, we’ll have our Sixth Annual Racers Reunion as part of the Expo at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. We invite you to join us in our third decade of servicing short-track racers across the Southeast US including racers from NC, SC, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, West Virginia, Florida, and Tennessee. Our shows are well respected in racing circles and our event is the longest running annual trade show and auction in the Southeast United States.

This racing expo is the perfect place for vendors to showcase products and services to the racing community. Our racing clientele includes short-track stock car racers, dirt track racers, vintage/old-timer racers, drag racers, plus muscle car and street rod enthusiasts. We provide a targeted audience of potential customers for you. Come on out and join us to jump start 2016!

PLUS- See one of Richard Petty’s race cars from the Petty Museum. Richard won the last NASCAR Grand National Race on Dirt here at Raleigh on the 1/2 mile Fairgrounds Speedway track!

30th Annual Piedmont Racing Expo
Friday-Saturday, January 15-16, 2016

Held at:
Exhibition Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Admission Adults = $10/Day
Age 12-15 = $5/Day
Women and children under 12 are Free!

10AM…………..Doors Open
12noon-8pm+/-..Racers Auction
10am -9pm …..Trade Show-Car Corral

8am……………..Doors open
9am-5pm+/- ……Racers Auction
8am-4pm ……….Trade Show-Car Corral
11am-2pm………6th Annual Racers Reunion and
Autograph Session for Raleigh Fairgrounds Speedway’s Legendary Drivers

Scholarship Announced In Honor of NASCAR Pioneer

Recently, the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) and the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation (NCMF) honored motorsports legend Sam Belnavis with the announcement of the Sam Belnavis Scholarship Award. At the same time NASCAR legend Richard Petty presented him with a NCMF Lifetime Achievement Award. The Sam Belnavis Scholarship will be given annually in the amount of $5,000.RichardSam SH

Sam Belnavis has been a pioneer in motorsports for more than thirty years. He joined Miller Brewing Company in the late 1970s, and in 1978 was chosen to manage the new sports marketing department. He broke into NASCAR when he signed driver Bobby Allison to a Miller sponsorship contract. Two years later Bobby Allison won the series championship in the #22 Miller High Life Ford.

Belnavis blazed paths, as a general manager and race team owner. He introduced the National Guard to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series as a sponsor of his team, BelCar Racing, with legendary crew chief Travis Carter and Todd Bodine as the driver.

“The most gratifying part of my motorsports career was spent working to ensure that diversity and inclusion from a career perspective was not overlooked. NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program has helped to bridge that gap. Most people, namely students, do not realize that career opportunities NASCAR offers outside of the driver. I hope to change that perspective” said Belnavis.

Although Belnavis has retired as Chief Diversity Officer and Owner-Designate at Roush Fenway Racing, he is still active, keeping up the sport and the team.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the board for the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation.

Belnavis resides in Concord, North Carolina. He is past president of the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte. He and his wife, Chris, of 55 years, are the parents of four children and seven grandchildren. Belnavis is a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Jonesville AME Zion Church in Matthews, North Carolina.

Choate Construction

Founded in 1989 in Atlanta by Millard Choate, the construction company now boasts eight offices in the Southeast, including the one in Charlotte. Reputation is Everything. That’s Choate’s tagline.

With motorsports clients that read like a who’s who – Hendrick, Penske, Roush, Michael Waltrip, Stewart-Haas, Kasey Kahne Racing, Curb Motorsports, TRD, JR Motorsports, Speedway Motorsports – the Charlotte office keeps approximately 100 employees busy with projects in the racing industry and others.

Just to give you an idea of what kind of personnel it takes to undertake a large construction project, here’s a sample: project managers, superintendents, pre-construction managers (who have engineering backgrounds), administrative staff, field staff, marketing professionals, and management.

The client usually brings his or her architect together with the contractor to work together on a given build. The team approach favored by Choate coordinates all aspects of work. Choate uses Building Information Modeling software and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating system. You can see some of the LEED implementation in the Charlotte office.

Choate is licensed in 40 states and a visit to the website is pretty impressive. Choate has Fortune 500 and Global 500 clients, many of which represent the 70 percent of new projects it starts each year from repeat clients. Many thanks to John Dudas for the tour. Start yours here.

Corinne Economaki


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