NASCAR & Auto Racing

Energy drink to sponsor night race at Kansas Speedway, benefiting military families

Team owner Michael Waltrip, left, and driver Clint Bowyer unveils the 5-hour Energy Toyota following a news conference at Kansas Speedway, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Team owner Michael Waltrip, left, and driver Clint Bowyer unveils the 5-hour Energy Toyota following a news conference at Kansas Speedway, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas Speedway officials have announced that 5-hour Energy will sponsor the track’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup night race on May 10, and military families will be the beneficiaries.

The event will be called the 5-hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation. From May 1 through July 31, Living Essentials will donate 5 cents from the sale of every specially marked bottle of cherry-flavored 5-hour Energy to the Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special ops forces and their families through college scholarships, family services and financial stipends. The minimum guaranteed donation is $75,000.

“I’m excited to have 5-hour Energy join with us on our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race,” said Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren. “I’m even prouder to know that we will be honoring the military service of so many men and women and are able to recognize the commitment they have made to our country.”

The No. 15 Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer of Emporia, Kan., has 5-hour Energy as its primary sponsor. Bowyer will be making his 300th Cup start in the May 10 race.

Kansas Speedway will extend its box office hours this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for race fans to buy tickets or pick up their will-call orders for the May 9-10 weekend.

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