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Spotlight volunteers will get names on race car

Roger Whittworth, left, with Richard Petty Driving Experience, and James Mullins, with Lexington parks and recreation, unloaded a NASCAR car for a news conference at Cheapside Park in Lexington Tuesday. Valvoline is a sponsor of Spotlight Lexington, the downtown festival planned during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Roger Whittworth, left, with Richard Petty Driving Experience, and James Mullins, with Lexington parks and recreation, unloaded a NASCAR car for a news conference at Cheapside Park in Lexington Tuesday. Valvoline is a sponsor of Spotlight Lexington, the downtown festival planned during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Volunteers for the Spotlight Lexington Festival — the downtown series of events during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games — will get their names emblazoned on a car that will race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. on Oct. 31 as part of the Sprint Cup series.

The name will be put on the hood of Richard Petty Motorsports driver A.J. Allmendinger No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion as part of Valvoline's sponsorship of the festival, being held downtown Sept. 24-Oct. 10. The festival starts one day before the Games begin on Sept. 25.

The drawing will be Oct. 10.

"We want our volunteers to understand how important they are to the success of Spotlight Lexington," said Mayor Jim Newberry. As volunteer program sponsor, Valvoline will also provide each volunteer with a Spotlight Lexington special-branded Volunteer T-shirt.

Allmendinger's No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion was on display at the Fifth Third Pavilion on Tuesday. Allmendinger joined Richard Petty Motorsports for the final five races of the 2008 season. In 2009 he had six top-10 finishes. This past weekend he finished 16th in the Brickyard 400.

Spotlight Lexington is the 17-day festival Lexington is planning downtown on evenings and weekends during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Spotlight Lexington is being entirely funded through sponsorships, Newberry said. St. Joseph Health System is the title sponsor.

More volunteers are needed for Spotlight Lexington. To register to become a volunteer, or for more information, visit the Spotlight Lexington website at www.spotlightlexky.com.

Valvoline is also getting involved in the Spotlight Lexington pin program, said Carolyn Richardson, chair of the Lexington Host Committee, which is planning Spotlight Lexington. The $5 pins, which provide discounts at almost 40 local businesses and restaurants, as well as free entry to selected days during Keeneland's Fall Meet, also qualify some purchasers for daily drawings. For a complete list of discounts, go to www.spotlightlexky.com.

Valvoline is making a cowboy hat autographed by Richard Petty available as one of the daily prizes, Richardson said. The grand prize is a Honda Accord LX, provided by Don Jacobs Honda. Seventeen pin purchasers who find a gold key in the envelope when they purchase their pin, will have a chance to draw for the car. One gold key has already been found.

Pins are available for $5 at all Lexington area Kroger stores, downtown at Commerce Lexington and at the Don Jacobs dealership on Nicholasville Road. Pins can be purchased in bulk at a discount. Proceeds benefit the Spotlight Lexington Festival, helping to make all events free and open to the public.

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