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NEWTON, Iowa (August 6, 2011) – When the No. 01 Chevrolet of JD Motorsports rolled into Iowa Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend, they had a blank hood on the car.
With some time to kill on Friday morning, driver Mike Wallace and veteran crew chief Paul Andrews stopped in to visit Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott. After spending some time walking around the World’s Largest Truck Stop, they got in touch with their people to see if they’d be interested in becoming part of the team for the weekend.
“We were literally walking through there looking at everything they had to offer to people,” said Wallace. “We called while we standing right there and they said they’d like to talk, we met with them and laid out what we could do for them.
“I can’t even begin to thank them enough for coming on board with us this weekend. We’re not only going to represent them, but everyone who works there or who has ever stopped in during their highway travels.”
A few hours later, a deal was struck and the No. 01 Iowa 80 Truck Stop Chevrolet will take to the track located down the highway from their massive complex to compete in the Nationwide Series race.
“When they called, we started to talk everything through and it just seemed like a great fit for both of us,” said Heather DeBallie, Marketing Manager for Iowa 80 Truckstop. “They were in the 11th hour needing sponsorship, we’re part of the Iowa landscape and this race at Iowa Speedway is really a big deal.
“Since we’re the World’s Largest Truckstop, we felt we needed to be part of the biggest race going on in Iowa this weekend. In talking with Mike, we feel he’s going to do a great job to represent Iowa 80 Truck Stop and our 500 employees.”
Opened in 1964, the massive complex is still operated by the same family who opened it 46 years ago. Today, the children and grandchildren running the facility make sure that Iowa 80 Truck Stop is not just a place to stop, but a destination of people’s travels.
The truck stop now boasts the Iowa 80 Kitchen, it’s new 300-seat restaurant with a 50-ft. salad bar, one-of-a-kind Truckers Warehouse Store, 24 private showers, 60-seat Dolby Surround Sound® movie theater, Driver’s Den, two Game Rooms, Embroidery Center, Vinyl Graphics Shop, Barber, Dentist, TA Service Center, Truckomat truck wash, CAT Scale, state-of-the-art Fuel Center, Wendy’s and Dairy Queen in the Food Court and a Blimpie located in the Fuel Center and parking for 800 tractor-trailers, 250 cars and 20 buses.