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  Talladega Superspeedway Staff Teaches in Birmingham Schools as Part of Local Junior Achievement Program
Several Talladega Superspeedway staff members entered Birmingham area elementary schools to teach students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The staff members will be in front of their classes for the next couple of weeks teaching from lessons provided by Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham, a non-profit group that allows volunteers from the business community to deliver a curriculum while sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students.
Talladega Superspeedway is providing volunteers at Rocky Ridge Elementary School, Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights and Vincent Elementary School, reaching a total of 645 students in 34 classrooms. As volunteers, Talladega staff are helping students make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
“Our staff has had a wonderful time teaching important lessons to our country’s future leaders,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “It’s crucial for these students to hear firsthand knowledge of the way business works in their community, and we’re happy to be there to give them guidance.”
To promote Talladega’s family-friendly atmosphere, the track has unveiled historic frontstretch ticket prices in 2014 for kids 12 and under. Kids can sit for free in some areas of the grandstands and receive $50 off regular pricing for all other areas of the grandstands.

The NASCAR Foundation Accepting Nominations For 2014 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
NASCAR Fans Can Nominate at www.NASCAR.com/award
The NASCAR Foundation will kick off the Fourth Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award nomination process with a call for applicants whose generosity and compassion have positively impacted the lives of children in racing communities throughout the country.
Since the award was created, The NASCAR Foundation has utilized the award to donate a combined $525,000 to charities reflecting the commitment Betty Jane France, The NASCAR Foundation chairwoman, has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts.
“The nomination process, in and of itself, is very inspiring, as we are introduced to the good works of so many individuals who personify what the foundation – and the award – are all about,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France.
The four nominated finalists will be announced in the fall of 2014, after which voting will open on NASCAR.com/Award. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 donation toward the charity they support, a VIP experience at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and a trip to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
The finalist who secures the most online votes will be announced as the winner during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas. The winner will receive a $100,000 donation to their children’s charity.
Family, friends and colleagues may nominate an outstanding volunteer at www.NASCAR.com/award.
NASCAR returns to Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 with the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, which is set for May 2-4. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Racing Series will take to the track on Saturday, May 3 while NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series machines take the green flag on Sunday, May 4.  For ticket information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.