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March 26, 2009
NASCAR #88 National Guard car to visit Portland
 
The Oregon Army National Guard is bringing NASCAR's #88 National Guard Chevrolet to the Portland area March 28-30, 2009. The car will be on display at the following locations:

March 28, 2009 – 1pm-4pm: Next Level Martial Arts, 11606 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, OR 97223

March 29, 2009 – 3pm: National Guard Day with the Portland LumberJax. Game time at the Rose Garden is 3pm.

March 30, 2009 – 2pm-7pm: Car Toys Salute to the Troops, 10305 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Members of the media and the public are encouraged to stop by and get an up-close look at the car driven by NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Photo opportunities will be available and representatives from the National Guard will be on-hand to answer any questions.

The popularity of the Earnhardt name raises the Guard's participation in one of America's two most popular spectator sports, the National Football League being the other, to a new level, said Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, director of the Army National Guard.
"If the strength of our recruiting is the same place that you run NASCAR, which it is, and if Dale Earnhardt Jr., is the most popular of all the NASCAR drivers, which he is, than you would think that would make a difference in the number of people who will follow the Guard, the Guard car, and maybe effectively think about joining our team," Vaughn elaborated.
"I think it's important to support the military, especially now," said Earnhardt about his new affiliation with the National Guard.

To learn more about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s partnership with the National Guard, visit www.1800goguard.com/guardracing/dalejr.php.  To learn more about the Oregon Army National Guard, visit www.oregonarmyguard.com or stop by your local National Guard Armory.

Photo:

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, with Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, director of the Army National Guard, and Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Motorsports owner, in Dallas where the announcement was made on Sept. 19, 2007 that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the National Guard car in NASCARS's top-level Sprint Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports. (Photo by Master Sgt. Bob Haskell, National Guard Bureau)
 
Contact Info:
 
Point of contact is Guy Britnell
or 503-584-3821