Jennings, LG SEEDS Making ARCA Debut at Iowa

(NEWTON, Iowa - July 14, 2011) - Saturday is a big day for LaGrange, Mo. native Justin Jennings. After a successful stint in late model racing, Jennings will take a leap in his racing career by participating in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway, his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut.

For his ARCA debut, Jennings has aligned with Tennessee-based Hixson Motorsports, where Jennings will drive the No. 28 LG SEEDS Chevrolet Impala for his inaugural stock car start. Teaming up with a respectable organization like Hixson Motorsports - not to mention having the unconditional support of family - Jennings hopes to fly under the radar all the way until the start of the 11th race of the season before planning to make an impression in his ARCA short track debut.

In addition to partnering with the veteran Hixson Motorsports team, Jennings has brought a new marketing partner to the series in LG SEEDS - who makes the jump from local sponsorship to now pairing with a team and driver in a nationally-televised event.

LG SEEDS is a brand of AgReliant Genetics, the fourth-largest corn seed company in the USA. LG SEEDS offers corn, soybean, and alfalfa seed to farmers throughout the Corn Belt. LG SEEDS headquarters are located in Elmwood, Ill.

"I still cannot believe this is happening," said the 18-year-old Jennings. "We put this partnership together with Hixson Motorsports relatively quickly and late but now I'm off to compete in ARCA. I'm excited but confident any jitterbugs I have will disappear once I strap behind the wheel of the No. 28 LG SEEDS Chevrolet Impala.

"I cannot thank LG SEEDS enough for believing in me enough to make this jump to the ARCA Racing Series. Everyone at LG SEEDS is such a pleasure to work with and I'm hoping that we're able to go out there on Saturday, run well, and hopefully work out something where we're able to keep this alignment going for potentially more races down the road."

While adjusting to a 3400-pound stock car is no easy task, if there is a bonus for Jennings leaning into the weekend, it will be his familiarization with the 0.875-mile, paved Iowa Speedway. With prior experience at the Newton, Iowa race track in the ASA Challenge Series, Jennings is hoping that what he learned in that race will help when practice initiates on Friday afternoon.

"Iowa Speedway is such a smooth place," he said. "I love racing there. From what I understand, the competition level will be similar to what I've experienced in the ASA Challenge Series, so my biggest focus before the race is getting comfortable in the No. 28 LG SEEDS Chevrolet Impala. Iowa is definitely a momentum and handling track. We'll have some time to dial in our car before qualifying and the race on Saturday, so we just need to make the best of the time allotment given to us."

As for a realistic goal for a finishing position in his ARCA Racing Series debut, Jennings laid out a very feasible and obtainable mission.

"It's not about winning this weekend, although that would be awesome," Jennings said. "Realistically, we all would be psyched with a top-20 finish, and most importantly, taking the checkered flag. We have to stay out of trouble in order to be there at the end, so keeping on the straight and narrow is a huge priority for me in order to complete my goal(s)."

In addition to LG SEEDS, Jennings brings additional sponsorship support for his ARCA Racing Series debut from Grants Tire of Taylor, Mo., and Jennings Bros. Trucking, based in LaGrange, Mo.