NASCAR and Agriculture: Unlikely Pair?


What’s your favorite Saturday or Sunday afternoon activity? Maybe cooking out on the grill, time with family, or a good nap? How about watching 40 some-odd cars drive 188 mph around Talladega Superspeedway? Laps 50 through 100 always make for a good short nap too (But I wouldn’t know from personal experience…).

NASCAR is a family tradition around here. My grandfather never missed a race and had every branded item possible. Mark Martin is from our hometown of Batesville, Arkansas, so of course he is the favorite. My second favorite driver would have to be Dale Jr, followe by Jeff Gordon. Guess you could say I am a Hendrick Motorsports fan only I just can’t stand Jimmie Johnson. So by now you’re asking… “Why are we talking about stock car racing?”

Well it kinda hit me yesterday in the hay field, what do NASCAR and farming/ranching have in common? Well, I know that I drive around in circles all day just like a stock car driver. Only my pace is more like 5 mph and I make right turns instead of left. @etcattlewoman suggested that we both sweat a lot and are not paid well. True, it takes some stamina to make that many rounds on a track or in a field. But that’s kinda where I got stuck…

This year NASCAR made the switch to ethanol fuels with the 2011 season with SUNOCO E15 blend being the official fuel. So all of those grains from American farmers’ fields are fueling those cars around the track now. The American Ethanol logo can now be seen on the fuel cap in all NASCAR races. You can keep up with an Agriculture view point of NASCAR through the Illionois Corn Growers blog.

In 2011 Furniture Row companies came out the Car of the Heartland campaign to bring farming to NASCAR fans (one of the largest American fan bases in professional sports!). The campaign includes a Farm American car, in-store campaigns, and at the race track fans can sample local produce and view footage as the team driver meets local farmers every week. Kinda like bringing the farm to town. There is all sorts of cool information on the Farm American team website about how they are cultivating the future.

American Agriculture is responsible for over 22 Million American Jobs.

75% of wildlife in the United States live and roam on agricultural land.

The Statue of Liberty is equipped with elevators that use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.

Every year, consumers spend more than $545 billion on food that comes from American farms and ranches.

There are more than 165,00 farms in the U.S. that are operated by women.

–Some Food For Thought from the Farm American website

Now I need a little help. In what other ways do NASCAR and Agriculture collide?

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About Ryan Goodman (982 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, MT and comes from an Arkansas cattle ranching family. Since growing up on a family cow/calf and stocker-calf operation, he has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country. A graduate of Oklahoma State, Ryan is currently working on a Master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He works continuously to share his story of ranch life through community outreach and social media, all while encouraging others in agriculture to do the same.

3 Comments on NASCAR and Agriculture: Unlikely Pair?

  1. Nebraska Farm Wife // June 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM // Reply

    As a farmer/rancher as my “after work job” and my day job at an Ethanol Plant it makes me sooo excited to see American Farming and Ethanol Production being supported by NASCAR!!!! I have 2 of the coolest jobs in the world, I produce corn that is sold to the ethanol plant, which turns that corn into BOTH ethanol and Distillers grain. I, along with many other ranchers and feedlots in the area use that distillers grain to feed our cattle and grow the beef that feeds the world. How many people get to not only provide safe and nutritious beef for the world and fuel for those consumers to get to the grocery store to buy the beef!!!!!

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    • That is a pretty cool point and would make an entire post of its own! Shame I hadn’t thought of that earlier!

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      • Nebraska Farm Wife // June 15, 2011 at 9:58 AM //

        Ryan – I have recently started a blog and at some point I will get some cool stuff up on ethanol benefits for ag industry and what ever else pops into my head at the time. There will be some good info at some time between the economic value of distillers to cattle producers and some other good nutrition stuff (I have a PhD in beef nutrition) so I do a lot of cattle diets with distillers grain!!! Great Blog I love reading it!!
        Here is the link if you are interested

        http://corncattleandcountlesshours.blogspot.com

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