Two of the top race car drivers in their respective divisions were in the Quad-Cities Tuesday night sporting their racing colors for their sponsor and fans. |
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard and ARCA series driver Frank Kimmel visited the new Menards store in Moline as part of a week full of celebrity appearances for the grand opening of the hardware store.
Both drivers sport Menards as their primary sponsors in their respective series.
Menard is the driver of the No. 27 Chevrolet in NASCAR's highest level of competition. The car is owned by legendary car owner Richard Childress.
Menard was the winner of the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That being his only career win in the Cup series and one of the biggest races you can take the checkered in.
Menard's father, John Menard Jr., is the founder of the Menards franchise that first opened its doors in 1972.
"With this being close to my home state of Wisconsin, I figured it would be nice to go out and sign some autographs for the fans, which is something I really enjoy doing," said Menard, who will race under the lights at Richmond on Saturday. "My father owning the company certainly influences me to give back as much as possible since he got me started in racing."
Kimmel is one of the best to ever race in the ARCA series. He has won a record nine ARCA championships -- eight of them consecutively. His first title was in 1998, and the eight consecutive from 2000-2007. He finished a close second in the season standings in 2008.
"We just like to come out to these grand openings for Menards to give back and to thank the company for sponsoring us," said Kimmel. "We do about 20-25 of these events a year for Menards whether it's a grand opening or just a visit. It's nice to interact with the fans and talk to them for a little bit."
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