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Benny Chastain Ready to Tackle Kansas Speedway in No. 75 AARP Car

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September 29, 2010


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Benny Chastain Ready to Tackle Kansas Speedway in No. 75 AARP Car

AARP member chasing his dream of big league racing at age 68


KANSAS CITY, Kan.—AARP member and ARCA stock car driver Benny Chastain will be back in the No. 75 car for the Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway September 30.  Chastain, 68, is pursuing his dream of racing in the 2011 Daytona 500 with the backing of AARP and Bob Schacht Motorsports.

“I’m excited to get back in the car after a month out of the driver’s seat,” Chastain said.  “The experience I’ve been able to get in the AARP car this season has been a big confidence-builder.  With just a couple of races left, it’s time to show the fans and the experts that I’m ready for Daytona.”

AARP’s four-race deal with member and BSM owner Bob Schacht builds on the Association’s effort to help people 50 and older achieve “what’s next” in their lives.  The AARP car marks AARP’s first time as a stock car sponsor.

Chastain began his racing career at age 55 on Alabama and Florida dirt tracks and made his first ARCA start in 2004 after graduating from two stock car driving schools.  He later came to AARP with his next goal:

his dream of driving in the Daytona 500.

AARP Executive Vice President Emilio Pardo added: “Benny represents an entire generation of AARP members who are asking themselves, ‘What’s next?’  For Benny, it’s the high-banks of Daytona.  For others, it might be starting a business, exploring the world or getting involved in their community.  We want to be there to help, no matter what their goals are.”

Race fans in the Kansas City area can cheer on Chastain in person at the speedway.  ARCA cars will take to the track at 9 a.m. Thursday for practice, 1 p.m. for qualifying and 4 p.m. for the Kansas Lottery 150.

 Visit www.kansasspeedway.com for details.


Chastain will also compete in the 2010 ARCA season finale at Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina on October 9.  AARP members and all race fans can track Chastain’s progress by following @AARP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AARP) or “liking” AARP’s Facebook page

(www.facebook.com/AARP) where AARP will be sharing real-time race updates from Chastain and his crew.


Members of the media wishing to reach Chastain or the AARP ARCA team are asked to contact Jordan McNerney at 202-434-2560 or media@aarp.org.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org.  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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