A famous name in NASCAR racing is in southeastern Nebraska today, helping promote ethanol and the corn industry.
Kenny Wallace is appearing at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.
Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, says bringing in a big-name NASCAR driver is a great selling point.
“To have Kenny Wallace out there promoting ethanol…” Hutchens says. “His philosophy is, if we can use E-15 in these multi-million-dollar engines that we’re driving around the track, obviously, E-15 is going to work well for the average motorist.”
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer, behind only Iowa.
Hutchens says corn growers are getting a lot of mileage from the recent association with auto racing.
“The corn industry has been very engaged with NASCAR this last year,” he says. “It’s an expensive promotion but NASCAR has 75-million followers and we’re going to continue to be active in promoting higher blends of ethanol and trying to get blender pumps established across Nebraska so we can use this ethanol right here in the state.”
Hutchens says Wallace and his race car will be at Nebraska Corn Board exhibit throughout the day.
Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice