“It’ll be a great four-day celebration capped off by having Trevor Bayne race the No. 21 Good Sam Club Ford Fusion at Talladega,” Lemonis said.
Then, at the All Star race, the No. 21 also will carry a Camping World logo, but the most prominent space on the car will go to the Good Sam Club, which Lemonis said is most appropriate.
“The one million members of the Good Sam Club and the thousands of Good Sam RV parks nationwide are the real all stars,” he said.
For the sport of NASCAR and for the legions of fans of Bayne and the Wood Brothers, the sponsorship from Good Sam Club fits right in with the spirit of the camping club, whose members join together for enjoyable excursions.
Eddie Wood, co-owner of the Daytona 500-winning team, said he’s excited to have Good Sam Club come on board.
“It’s a really good opportunity for both of us,” Wood said, adding that the relationship got off to a great start when Lemonis chose a paint scheme similar to the one that Wood’s father Glen Wood had on his 1958 Ford convertible race car.
“I’m really proud of the history of this race team, so the paint scheme that Mr. Lemonis chose gave us an immediate connection,” Wood said. “It’s really cool.”
Wood pointed out that Bayne won’t be able to drive his Daytona 500-winning car at Talladega because it’s on display at the Daytona 500 Experience until next February, but he doesn’t see that as a problem.
“We’ve got another one that’s just as good, only in different colors,” he said, adding that Bayne and the Wood Brothers crew are looking forward to getting back to a restrictor-plate track like Daytona, where the style of racing features drivers working together in the draft.
“Trevor can get reacquainted with his drafting buddies,” Wood said.
Perhaps the most exiting part of the deal for NASCAR fans is that it puts the popular Daytona 500 winners in the All Star race.
“We really thank Good Sam Club and Camping World for making that happen,” said Wood, who had planned a limited 2011 schedule that did not include funding for the All Star race. “There have been a lot of questions and conversations about whether we were going to run the All Star race, and this is going to make a lot of people, including Trevor and us very happy.”
The Woods won the All Star race with driver Michael Waltrip in 1996, and Eddie Wood said he’s looking forward to being a part of the big race this year.
“We know how it feels to win that race,” he said.
Camping World, www.campingworld.com is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair, and the Good Sam Club, http://www.goodsamclub.com is the world’s largest RV owners association, offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranties, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more, to serve the outdoor enthusiast.
Both Camping World and Good Sam Club were founded in 1966 and are partnered together today to offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle, with one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoor.
Camping World features over 8,000 quality products located at over 75 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as a wide selection of new and used trailers and motor homes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam Club members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get them ready for their next adventure. The Good Sam Club also represents more than 2,000 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.
Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.
Trevor Bayne’s victory in the 2011 Daytona 500 was the team’s fifth in NASCAR’s biggest race and its 98th overall. The team also has 117 poles.
Glen Wood, the team’s founder and first driver, is still active in the company. In the beginning his brothers Leonard, Ray Lee, Delano and Clay, were members of the team. Today, a second generation comprised of Glen’s sons Len and Eddie and daughter Kim, run the day-to-day operation of the team.