Soy Biodiesel 250: A victory for all

By | November 10, 2006
To show that biodiesel is on the fast track, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) sponsored Soy Biodiesel 250, an inaugural race held at Iowa Speedway in September.

"ISA stepped out of its comfort zone by sponsoring this event, but we wanted to let people know that we have a product in our own backyards that can not only reduce our dependency on foreign fuel but also boost our economy," said ISA CEO Kirk Leeds. "It turned out to be a great marriage because that product is partnered with a groundbreaking idea like the speedway, which will provide jobs and economic relief to Iowa. Really, we were on Victory Lane before the race even started."

Woody Howard, driver of the No. 55 Dean Motorsports Chevrolet, won the race. He also won christening rights to Iowa Speedway's Victory Lane.

Dignitaries at the race included U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, who also had the privilege of announcing, "Drivers, start your engines" before the start of the race. The ISA asked Grassley to perform this honored duty due to his long-time advocacy for renewable fuels. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and First Lady Christie Vilsack; Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge; U.S. Reps. Steve King, Leonard Boswell and Tom Latham; and representatives of the National Biodiesel Board also attended the race, which was broadcasted on the Speed Channel.
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