MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 3, 2014 – The Ducks Unlimited (DU) duck head will visit one of the nation's top speedways this weekend thanks to a continuing partnership with Bass Pro Shops. The No. 14 Sprint Cup Series car driven by Tony Stewart will race under the lights at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday during the Coke Zero 400.
"Conservation is the only way we can ensure our grandchildren and their children will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors like our generation has, and Ducks Unlimited has been promoting conservation for the past 76 years," said Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops' founder. "It's a tremendous organization with a great mission, and I'm proud to call myself a DU member."
The special paint scheme was a generous donation from Morris, and was unveiled during DU's annual convention in St. Louis in May.
"Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops have always been great partners, and their generosity never ceases to amaze me," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "The fact that they support DU's mission speaks volumes about the company and their commitment to conservation."
In a similarly painted racecar last year, Stewart drove the DU car to a second-place finish behind Jimmie Johnson.
"As an avid hunter and proud supporter, I was honored to drive the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops car carrying the DU logo during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last year," said NASCAR legend Tony Stewart. "I hope DU's more than 1 million supporters will follow me to the winner's circle on race day this year."
The car will feature a greenhead on both back fenders, along with "Ducks Unlimited" painted in large letters. The race is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday evening.
"I had the opportunity to visit Daytona last year when the DU car raced, and it was truly an exciting experience, especially since Tony finished in second place," Hall said. "I fully expect Tony to put the DU car in Victory Lane this year, but no matter the outcome of the race, hundreds of thousands of people will see the Ducks Unlimited name thanks to Johnny Morris and Tony Stewart."
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 87 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 116 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world.The company’s Tracker Marine Group (http://www.trackermarine.com/), which has produced the number one selling brand of fishing boats for more than 35 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge (http://www.bigcedar.com/) voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World's Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.