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JR Motorsports and Dale’s Pale Ale
Unveil Multifaceted Partnership

Dale’s Pale Ale to sponsor both Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet
and Dirty Mo Radio’s “JR Motorsports Upfront” podcast

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2015) –JR Motorsports and Dale’s Pale Ale have agreed to a multifaceted partnership, general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller announced today.  The first craft beer to be featured in a can, Dale’s Pale Ale will sponsor Regan Smith and the No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 9).  Additionally, Dale’s Pale Ale is named the presenting sponsor of Smith’s JR Motorsports Upfront podcast on Dirty Mo Radio.

Dale’s Pale Ale is distinguished as the first craft beer in can form and brewed by the Oskar Blues Brewery from its bases in Brevard, N.C. and Longmont, Colo.  Along with its flagship brand Dale’s Pale Ale, the Oskar Blues Brewery offers an extensive line of craft and specialty beers.

“It’s great to bring Dale’s Pale Ale and Oskar Blues on board,” Smith said. “We take a lot of pride in welcoming new partners into JR Motorsports.  Not only do we get to carry the Dale’s Pale Ale brand on the racecar, but they’re also a tremendous partner for the JR Motorsports Upfront podcast.  It’s a fun and informative program, and Dale’s Pale Ale is a perfect fit for that.”

JR Motorsports Up Front, the first Dirty Mo Radio program hosted by a driver, airs every Thursday on Dirty Mo Radio.  Hosted by Smith, the program features a revolving door of guests and gives fans honest opinion, exclusive insight, and candid commentary regarding JRM and its XFINITY Series, Camping World Truck Series, and late model teams.

“Oskar Blues has been breaking boundaries since Dale's Pale Ale was first canned in 2002," said founder Dale Katechis. “We chose the can package for Dale's because it protects the beer from light and air, and also because cans are more portable, allowing a great beer to be enjoyed in more places, like the racetrack. We are proud to be associated with Regan, Kelley, and all of the JR Motorsports team and look forward to a groundbreaking partnership.”

In addition to primary placement at Charlotte, Dale’s Pale Ale will also be featured as an associate partner on the No. 7 Chevrolet for the 2015 season.  In 2015 NXS competition, Smith has secured two top-five and five consecutive top-10 finishes.  He is currently sixth in NXS championship points.

Dirty Mo Radio podcasts are accessible free of charge on DaleJr.com as well as numerous podcast-catching networks such as iTunes, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, WeCast and RSSRadio.  For more information on Dirty Mo Radio, including host bios, archived programs, and sponsor links, visit DaleJr.com, or follow the @DirtyMoRadio handle on Twitter.

Founded as a funky little brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002, using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, added a brewery in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Oskar Blues has continued craft can innovation by releasing OLD CHUB NITRO as the first American NITRO craft beer-in-a-can and introducing the CROWLER as a canned off-premise growler alternative.  The innovative, original canned craft brewery now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 42 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. For more information and social media visit http://www.oskarblues.com.

JR Motorsports is the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s 12-time Most Popular Driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races. JR Motorsports competes in multiple racing divisions, including the NASCAR XFINITY Series, in which it won the 2014 championship with 18-year-old Chase Elliott.  The company competes in regional late model divisions, in which it just earned its second championship in three years. To learn more about the organization, its drivers and its sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jrmracing.com.

Bristol Gives Smith Short-Track Fever

No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet

Bristol Motor Speedway is known for short-track fireworks, with its high banks and furious action. Smith has been the model of consistency at Bristol since joining JR Motorsports in 2013, posting top-10 finishes there in three of his last four races on the .533-mile oval.

 “We had a good run at Texas, and gained eight points on the leader, so that’s good news heading into Bristol this weekend. This is the first true short track of the season for the TaxSlayer.com team, and it’s usually an exciting day on the high banks. We’ve had some really fast cars over the first six races, cars that are capable of winning races, and I expect that to continue this weekend.”

The last two starts for Smith at Bristol have resulted in a 10th-place finish and a fifth-place finish. If he improves five spots this weekend, he’ll have posted his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory of the season.

It always helps to start as far forward as possible in the relatively short NXS events, and Smith has been helping himself this season. His average start in the first six races of the season is 6.8, the best six-race stretch of starts he’s had since joining JRM in 2013.

Last week, Smith was able to make his first visit to Augusta National, home of The Masters Championship golf tournament with TaxSlayer President Jimmy Rhodes and Senior VP Carl Rhodes. It was quite an eye-opener for Smith. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “The facilities were awesome and so was the atmosphere.”

The No. 7 team will once again be in bright red Taxslayer.com colors for this week’s race, and if you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you can still do it. TaxSlayer.com is now offering new users 20 percent off their tax returns. Visit TaxSlayer.com to sign up and enter promo code DALEJR15 to be eligible for the discount.

Keep up with JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) on Twitter. You can also follow the JRM team (@JRMotorsports) or check in on the JR Motorsports Facebook page.

Smith at Bristol (NXS):

  Starts 10
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 1
  Top 10's 3
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 0
  Avg. Start 18.3
  Avg. Finish 22.6

Smith 2015 Season Stats (NXS):

  Starts 6
  Wins 0
  Top 5's 2
  Top 10's 5
  Poles 0
  Laps Led 19
  Avg. Start 6.8
  Avg. Finish 11.5

Smith Career Stats (NXS):

  Starts 175
  Wins 4
  Top 5's 21
  Top 10's 57
  Poles 1
  Laps Led 480
  Avg. Start 17.1
  Avg. Finish 18.9

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