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Autism Speaks 400 Day 1

TUNE IN UPDATE: Coverage of the “Autism Speaks 400 Presented by HERSHEY’S® Milk & Milkshakes” will air on FOX Sports this Sunday, May 16, beginning at 12:00 p.m. EST.  Check your local listings for details.

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Blog contributor Kerry Magro.  Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a junior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Sports Management. He is currently working at Autism Speaks as a writer.

Autism Speaks is off to the races! Today marked the first day of the Autism Speaks 400 Race Weekend presented by HERSHEY’S Milk & Milkshakes. This was my first day ever at a NASCAR race and first time in the great state of Delaware so I was very excited (to say the least) to be a part of this experience. For the next 3 days I will be sharing with you my thoughts from the races. Without further ado here we go!

Yesterday’s events included the qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday along with a Camping World Truck Series race. Starting off the day, we saw Martin Truex Jr. win the pole for Sunday’s race in his NAPA Toyota. He clocked a lap time of 157.315 mph and will now start the race in the inside of the first row (first pole position). A four time champion at Dover, he will have a chance to continue to build on his impressive Dover resume.

In the Camping World Truck Series race, Aric Amirola (driving for Toyota) won first prize. This was his first NASCAR Truck Race win. Defying expectations, he won this event after Kyle Busch led for a majority of the race.

This was a great way to start Dover Race Weekend. If the upset win of Amirola wasn’t enough, I had the thrill of seeing Autism Speaks blue and white logos painted on many of the cars racing today. These cars, with their logos, symbolize the commitment of Autism Speaks and NASCAR to the effort of autism awareness and finding a cure. One could compare the races to the search for a cure. It will be a long trip (400 miles on Sunday). But even though the race is long, regardless of who wins and who loses, the effort to spread autism awareness will be the ultimate winner when this race weekend is over.

*Read the Day 2 Recap from the Autism Speaks 400 

  1. Scott
    May 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Kerry, great post! Do you know a website where I can buy Autism Speaks/NASCAR merchandise? NASCAR fans love to buy limited edition cars with paint schemes from specific events, and I’d like to get a hat and t-shirt from the race, but I can’t find anything on-line. Thanks! Scott

    • Teri
      May 19, 2010 at 3:10 am

      You can buy a die cast car and a pin on the Autism Speaks website under the clearance section of their store. I have had no luck finding a shirt.

  2. ELizabeth
    May 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve also been looking for a somewhere to buy merchandise and I’m not having any luck

  3. autismspeaks
    May 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Check out the Dover site: http://www.doverspeedway.com/.

  4. Teri
    May 19, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Paste this link to your browser. It will get you directly to the car. Its $15.00. http://store.autismspeaks.org/default.aspx?p=viewitem&item=A-33&subno=&showpage=4&subcat=

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