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Nashville Superspeedway Marks Historic Start for Celebrated Team Owner & the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet Team, Driven by Previous Race Winner Sauter

Monday, April 18th, 2011 - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, Curb Records and ThorSport Racing will celebrate Mike Curb’s historic 500th NASCAR start at Nashville Superspeedway’s Bully Hill Vineyards 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet Silverado and recent winner at Martinsville Speedway, will pilot the entry as he also celebrates a long-standing relationship with Curb as a sponsor throughout his career. Sauter is also the driver points leader going into the race.

The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th President of the United States of America. A series of substantive and celebratory events, partnerships and initiatives – such as this – sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation are planned throughout 2011.

As President, Ronald Reagan started the 1984 Firecracker 400 at Daytona where he gave the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” from aboard Air Force One. Later that day, Air Force One landed at Daytona International Airport behind the speedway in full view of the fans. That day, Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory in a car owned by Mike Curb.“I have been proud to be a part of the Ronald Reagan President Foundation since its inception. We are particularly excited about the newly renovated Library that coincides with President Reagan’s 100th birthday. I am also very proud of my longstanding relationship with Johnny and his success over the years. We are excited to be celebrating this Centennial with both Johnny and ThorSport Racing,” said Mike Curb Owner of Curb Records.

“Like President Reagan, Mike Curb’s vision of America that is optimistic, patriotic, and proud is as alive today as it was when he served as Lt. Governor of California from 1979-1983,” said Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration. “As many Americans take a moment this year to remember the life, lessons and legacy of President Reagan, we are honored to have this special tribute.”

Sauter’s relationship with Curb goes back over ten years, when he first raced in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series and Sprint Cup Series with his team. 2011 marks the third year of co-primary sponsorship of the No. 13 truck with Sauter and ThorSport Racing in the NCWTS. Nashville Superspeedway also marks ThorSport Racing’s 327th consecutive race, matching Circle Bar Racing for second all-time in the series and the longest-standing operation dating to 1996.

“Mike Curb has been a huge part of my racing career, and it’s really special for me to celebrate his 500th start at a truck race where I’m driving,” said Sauter. “Mike is almost like a dad to me, and he took a chance on me when a lot of people and teams were intimidated or misunderstanding of my style. There is so much there that I can never repay, so it’s an awesome thing for me to be able to do for him. I hope we can keep our momentum and possibly bring him a visit to Victory Lane in his hometown.”

The NASCAR tribute video is available now at the Ronald Reagan Foundation’s YouTube channel located here:

Rodney Atkins, recording artist for Curb Records, will also be at the celebration as he debuts his brand new single, “Take A Back Road”. The new single will appear on Rodney’s new album scheduled for the Fall of 2011. “Take A Back Road” will be available at iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 26th. Media availability will be throughout the day at Nashville Superspeedway on Friday.
About Curb Records

Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 358 Billboard number one (1) records, nearly twelve hundred (1,200) Billboard Top Ten records and charted just under four thousand (4,000) Billboard Records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records was honored as Billboard Magazine’s 2001 Country Music Label of the Year.

About Rodney Atkins
Curb Records recording artist Rodney Atkins has been successfully leading the country music charts and selling albums since his career began in 2006 when he hit the scene with his first number one, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which was also the Number One Country Song of the Year according to Billboard in 2006. The East Tennessee native has recorded three studio albums, Honesty, If You’re Going Through Hell and It’s America and charted seven Top 20 singles including five number one’s: “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In),” and “It’s America.” Rodney Atkins’ brand new single, “Take A Back Road” is available at iTunes on Tuesday, April 26th.

About The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of America’s 40th President. The Centennial Celebration is sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. For more information, visit

About ThorSport Racing
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest tenured active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing’s first race came at the Milwaukee Mile on July 6, 1996. NASCAR’s only Ohio-based team, which has run full season schedules annually beginning in 1998, currently runs the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet Silverado driven by Matt Crafton; and the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records Chevrolet driven by Johnny Sauter.

ThorSport Racing has wheeled into Victory Lane with Terry Cook, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter since its inception and has finished a dominating seven times within the top 10 in points with both trucks. In April 2011, Sauter wheeled into Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway. In 2009 and 2010, both Crafton and Sauter finished in the top five in driver points. In 2011, ThorSport Racing will move into a state-of-the-art, world-class 100,000 square foot racing facility in Sandusky.

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