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NASCAR announces 12 Drive for Diversity racers for 2009 season | NASCAR Racing Breaking News: Trackside Live, Every Week, Every Sprint Cup Race - MikeMulhern.net

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NASCAR announces 12 Drive for Diversity racers for 2009 season

By Mike Mulhern
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    CONCORD, N.C.
    NASCAR's diversity initiatives, run under the Drive for Diversity program, will expand to 12 drivers in 2009, the sixth year for the program, which is designed to offer a ladder of opportunities for promising young drivers in various NASCAR development series.
    The program, which will be run now by ex-DEI official Max Siegel, will have five drivers returning from last year's program, and seven new drivers, chosen after tryouts last fall at South Boston Speedway.
   -- Paul Harraka will return for his fourth year. The Duke student drive again with Bill McAnally, in the Camping World series.
   -- Mackena Bell, from Carson City, NV., will race in the Whelen All-American series at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, CA.
   -- Kristin Bumbera, from Sealy, TX, will race in the Camping World East series for Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing.
   -- Michael Cherry, of Valrico, FL, will race in the Whelen All-American series at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.
   -- Jonathon Gomez, of Twin Falls, ID, will race in the Camping World West series.
   -- Katie Hagar, of Nobleboro, Maine, will race in the Whelen All-American series at Madera (CA) Speedway.
   -- Laura Hayes, of Wilton, CA, will race in the Whelen All-American series at South Boston (VA) Speedway.
   -- Juan Pitta, of Galt, CA, will race for Bill McAnally in the Whelen All-American series at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA.
   -- Megan Reitenour, of Miamisburg, Ohio, will race in the Whelen All-American series at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, N.C.
   -- Natalie Sather, of Fargo, ND, will race in the Whelen All-American series at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.
   -- Jonathan Smith, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, will race in the Camping World East series.
   -- Emily Sue Steck, of Holmen, WI, will race in the Whelen All-American series at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI.

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