May 7, 2013, Effingham, S.C. – Representatives of McCall Farms Inc. today announced Peanut Patch is sponsoring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver David Ragan, fresh off his win at Talladega Superspeedway, in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday, May 11 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. This will be the second consecutive year the boiled peanuts brand is backing Ragan in the Southern 500. He will drive the No. 34 “Peanut Patch” car, a Ford Fusion.
Woody Swink, regional director of sales and an owner of McCall Farms, said the company is excited about its presence at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 because Ragan is a stellar example of racecar driving at its finest and represents the Southern aesthetic of the Peanut Patch brand well.
“We made our debut last year at the Darlington Raceway with David Ragan, and he was an ideal fit because of his Southern roots, exuberance and strong connection to NASCAR and its fans,” Swink said. “Therefore, it was just a matter of plain common sense to reconnect with David Ragan, an impressive talent who is respected and recognized as a formidable competitor among car racing enthusiasts.”
Ragan, a 27-year-old native of Unadilla, Ga., has thus far won four NASCAR victories – two in Sprint Cup and two in the Nationwide Series.
“It’s great to have Peanut Patch back on our car this year, especially here in Darlington for their first primary race of the season,” said Ragan, who is in his second year with Front Row Motorsports. “Not only is the Southern 500 one of the most prestigious and historical races in NASCAR, but Darlington is right up the road from McCall Farms’ headquarters. So you could say that Peanut Patch is the home team at this race.”
Prior to the race, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., on Friday, May 10, Ragan will participate in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series autograph session that will take place in the Sprint Unlimited Experience display, which is behind the front stretch grandstands in the fan display area at Darlington Raceway. Ragan, a native of Unadilla, Ga., will don his Peanut Patch trademark racecar suit dominated by the insignia “Green Boiled Peanuts,” written in white against an emerald green background bordered by a sea of canary yellow, on Friday and Saturday.
“We’ll be proud to have the Peanut Patch colors on our No. 34 Ford Fusion,” Ragan said.
Gates at Darlington Raceway will open at 2 p.m., while the race will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets prices range from $17 to $99 and can be purchased at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/?homepage=true. Darlington Raceway is located at 1301 Harry Byrd Highway. You can also call 1 (866)-459-7223 to purchase tickets and for additional information.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is a Statesville, N.C.-based race team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Formed in 2005 by restaurant and transportation entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, the team has competed in NASCAR racing in each year since its inception, expanding full-time to the premier Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The team partners with ModSpace, MHP, Scorpion Coatings, Ford Racing and Roush-Yates Racing Engines to field the No. 34 Ford driven by David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford driven by David Gilliland. For sponsorship inquiries contact Mike Laheta, Director of Marketing and Business Affairs, at (440) 773-2701.
About Margaret Holmes
Based in Effingham, South Carolina, Margaret Holmes is owned by McCall Farms, a canner and distributor of southern-inspired vegetable products grown on 2,000 acres of family farmland, with an additional 3,000 farming acres contracted from other farmers in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. McCall Farms produces Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts, as well as several lines of fresh canned products under the Margaret Holmes name including southern classics such as: butter peas; triple succotash; and cut okra; as well as seasoned southern classics such as: collard greens, butter beans, cabbage and