NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman will be behind the wheel of a special edition NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Sept. 2.
Newman will pilot the Turner Motorsports No. 08 Brandt/Realtree Chevrolet for 200 miles under the lights at AMS. Both Newman and Turner Motorsports will honor the life of former employee and family friend Beau Slocumb, who passed away from cancer in the spring. Newman's truck will feature the number and paint scheme driven by Slocumb during his driving career. All money received by Turner Motorsports from the event will be donated to Slocumb's widow to assist with medical expenses.
Slocumb, a Macon, Ga. native, began his racing career at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Legends series before graduating up to the late model ranks. In total, Slocumb earned 131 feature wins in Legends and late model competition. Slocumb then moved on to ARCA competition, making four starts in 2009.
Newman and his family are longtime friends of the Slocumb family and feel honored to be paying tribute to their close friends.
"I look forward to driving the race that my good friend Beau Slocumb always dreamed of," said Newman. "This is his ride; I just wish he were here to drive it. This is for his family and for the dream he always wished would come true. Beau ran a camo car and it will be great to honor him with a Realtree paint scheme and the Chevy Truck. Thank you Turner Motorsports, Team Realtree, Brandt, and Chevrolet for giving us this opportunity."
"I think it's fittingly appropriate that Ryan run a tribute paint scheme to Beau here at Atlanta Motor Speedway because this is where they met," said track President and General Manager Ed Clark. "They met on pit road and bonded into great friends after that. Many of Beau's wins came here at AMS and I'm sure it will mean a lot to all of his friends and family in the area for Ryan to remember him this way, running this paint scheme in the truck race."
Newman has three career Camping World Truck Series starts, earning one win, three top-five and three top-10 finishes. The win took place here at AMS in October 2008. Holding true to his "Rocketman" nickname, Newman also holds the title of most poles at the speedway, with seven poles in Sprint Cup competition and another in Nationwide series action.
NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39 and $19 for students. Children 12 and under admitted free for the Great Clips 300 and the Atlanta 200 with an adult ticket. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.