Last summer, record crowds took advantage of free admission and packed the grandstands at four sold-out Jam the Stands stock car racing events sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). The promotion was such a success, MCGA and other local sponsors are doing it again in 2013, this time at nine tracks throughout Minnesota, including Friday, July 26 at Fiesta Speedway in Montevideo.
Admission is free and race fans will have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards throughout the evening courtesy of MCGA. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn more about ethanol and renewable fuels by stepping inside the Biofuels Mobile Education Center. The 45-foot long mobile learning center will roll into Fiesta City for fans to learn more about ethanol fuel through interactive touch-screen computers, educational displays, movies and a tools to help people locate flex-fuel pumps in the area.
Racing starts at 7 p.m.
“MCGA welcomes the opportunity to partner with Fiesta City Speedway to bring some of the best racing in all of Minnesota to area fans for free,” said Chad Willis, a member of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s ethanol committee. “Connecting with race fans is also a great way to show people how ethanol is clean, homegrown and renewable. Free racing while getting the facts about homegrown ethanol makes for a great evening with your friends and family.”
Homegrown ethanol has a multiplier effect that benefits many economic sectors across Minnesota, including farming, manufacturing, transportation and construction. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, ethanol generates $5 billion in total economic output and more than 12,600 jobs annually. Ethanol is also less energy intensive to produce than gasoline and helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 29 percent. A 56-pound bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol while also simultaneously generating 17.5 pounds of high-protein livestock feed.
For more information, visit http://fiestacityspeedway.com/.
About Minnesota Corn Growers Association
With almost 6,600 members in 51 organized counties throughout Minnesota, the mission of MCGA is to identify and promote opportunities for corn farmers, while enhancing quality of life. MCGA works closely with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, which administers the efficient and effective use of Minnesota’s corn check-off. Although these two organizations are separate and distinct entities, they share the common goal of expanding the use, marketing, and efficient, environmentally sound production of corn while helping others understand the value and importance of corn production to our nation’s economy.