Comedian Foxworthy thrilled to sponsor NASCAR race
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Jeff Foxworthy has often used turned to NASCAR for comic fodder.
Now, he's thrilled to be doing business with the good ol' boys.
Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200, a 130-lap truck series race, was held Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
After starting from the pole, Ty Dillon got his first NASCAR Truck victory, passing Kyle Busch with six laps to go and pulling away to winning by 3.227 seconds. Busch appeared to be in command with the race winding down, running several truck lengths ahead of the field. But Dillon quickly closed the gap and passed the 30-time Camping World Truck Series winner going into turn one.
The 20-year-old Dillon is the younger brother of last year's truck series champion, Austin Dillon, and grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.
Foxworthy, a comedian and television star, calls himself a longtime NASCAR fan and says he's "not sure why it took so long to do a deal. I think we probably have the same audience."
Foxworthy says some of his earliest one-liners in his trademark redneck jokes focused on the stock car series, including "If you've ever put a race car on a prayer list, you might be a redneck."
As for his sponsorship deal, he says, "This is a redneck dream come true."
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