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06/16/10
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NASCAR Dads to Receive Fatherhood Awards  National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) will honor NASCAR drivers Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Waltrip with Fatherhood Awards™ at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on Father’s Day, June 20.

Burton, Montoya, and Waltrip will be awarded for their dedication to their children and families and their ability to balance their busy careers with their family lives. Their stories were highlighted in a recent USA Weekend cover story illustrating NASCAR’s family-friendly culture.

Roland C. Warren, president of NFI, said, “Burton, Montoya, and Waltrip are great reminders this Father’s Day about how important it is for dads to be involved in their children’s lives. They are also a shining example of how the NASCAR organization takes fatherhood and family seriously. For that, we are honored to give these three dads Fatherhood Awards™.”

The awards will be given to the three drivers during the pre-race ceremony prior to the 3 p.m. eastern start time. NFI’s senior vice president of national programming, Chris Brown, will be on hand to present the awards. The race will be broadcast on TNT and PRN radio.

Jeff Burton said, “It’s a real honor to be acknowledged by the National Fatherhood Initiative. My family is the most important thing in the world to me, and I strive to be the best father I can be to my two children. Having a family is very rewarding and having family values is essential. Even with the crazy schedules that comprise our every day life, it’s important to both Kim and I to have our family together. When I’m not racing, my off days revolve around them and that provides a nice balance in our lives.”

Juan Pablo Montoya said, “This is a special award for me recognizing my lifestyle outside of racing.  I value the time I can spend with my family at home in Miami and enjoy the weekends they travel with me.”

Michael Waltrip said, “My dad was always there for me. He always made sure whenever I needed any help or guidance he provided it. I always appreciated the fact that I could turn to him. I’ve tried to do the same with my two daughters whether it’s the 20-year-old who needs advice or the 12-year-old who wants someone to go play tennis with her.”

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