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Pilot Flying J and Mark Hazelwood Honored by Motorsports Drivers

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Hauler truck for Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch parked at an event to honor Pilot Flying J.
The M&M hauler truck is one of the most recognized hauler trucks on the road.

KNOXVILLE – Motorsports Association (TDMA) showed its appreciation for support from Pilot Flying J at a breakfast on October 10th. The Knoxville-based company and its Executive Vice President Mark Hazelwood were honored for their ongoing support of the NASCAR Spring Cup hauler drivers and the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge.

Pilot Flying J has given more than $750,000 in prizes to NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler drivers over the past eight years for their safe truck-driving campaign. The Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge competition promotes safe and responsible driving by testing driving skills and safety knowledge.

"All of us at the TDMA are thankful for Pilot Flying J as they support our organization and us individually on the road every week," said Dave Radney, TDMA president. "Our job is unique because we work in NASCAR, but at the end of the day, we are still professional truck drivers and it's critical to have a company like Pilot Flying J supporting us and every other professional truck driver on the road."

Hazelwood, whose office coordinates Pilot Flying J's support of the Challenge, said Pilot Flying J recognizes the tough job that professional drivers perform every day.

"Pilot Flying J is very pleased to be able to honor drivers for the role they play in making NASCAR successful as well as supporting our nation's economy," Hazelwood said.

Fresh from the NASCAR race in Kansas, members of TDMA arrived at the breakfast at Rothchild's in haulers representing their various NASCAR teams, providing a colorful backdrop to the ceremony. Other Pilot Flying J representatives at the breakfast included Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mitch Steenrod; Scott Wombold, vice president of Western sales; and Wendy Hamilton, senior national account marketing manager.

The Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge has become a staple event for NASCAR Sprint Cup hauler drivers during each racing season.

"I look forward to the start of each Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge season," said Tom McCrimmon, hauler driver for Joe Gibbs Racing and the 2009 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge champion. "The competition gives all of us drivers a chance to showcase our skills. Team hauler drivers are part of hardworking NASCAR teams. The breakfast was a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to Pilot Flying J and for Mark Hazelwood's continued support for this competition."

The Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge held its 2011 awards ceremony at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Center October 14.

Published October 20, 2011

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