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Maine NASCAR Champion Rodgers Visits Governor LePage

March 2, 2012

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 02, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
NASCAR Contact: Jason Christley, Integrated Marketing Communications, (386) 310-6094 or jchristley@nascar.com

AUGUSTA � Beech Ridge Motor Speedway champion Bill Rogers topped off his career-best racing season in Maine�s state capital recently.

Governor Paul LePage personally congratulated Rogers on winning the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship. The two were joined by Rogers� wife Kim in the Governor�s Cabinet Room of the Maine State House in Augusta on February 21.

Rogers also won the NASCAR Pro Series division track championship at the .333-mile paved oval in Scarborough. Both titles were career firsts for Rogers, 47, of Old Orchard Beach.

�Our visit with Governor LePage went very well,� Rogers said. �He asked how the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series relates to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we talked about the different steps in NASCAR racing. One of his staff members is a big Kevin Harvick fan.�

Rogers won the Beech Ridge track title by a single point over Aaron Ricker and the state championship by three points over Trevor Sanborn.

�Mr. Rogers has an impressive racing career and he�s made a lot of Mainers very proud. I wish him a safe and successful future behind the wheel,� said Governor LePage.

Rogers is a 15-year veteran of the NASCAR Pro Series division at Beech Ridge. His 2011 racing record was two wins, nine top-fives and 12 top-10s in 12 starts.

�Everything this championship has brought me is more than I ever expected,� Rogers said. �It�s quite a thrill to win your state championship and get to meet your state�s governor. I told Governor LePage I hope I have a chance to meet him again next year.�

After he returned home from his morning visit with Governor LePage, Rodgers made a quick change of attire back into work clothes. He operates Bill�s Automotive, an auto repair business in Old Orchard Beach.

�Today was the last part of our championship celebration,� Rodgers said. �We�ve been back to work on our race cars getting ready for the Beech Ridge season opener May 5.�

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR�s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. The series encompasses nearly 60 speedways across the United States and Canada.

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