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Bobby Labonte to Honor Fallen West Virginia Miners at Coca Cola 600

Horn FanSenior Writer IMay 29, 2010

TRG Motorsports has formed a partnership with The Upper Big Branch Family Fund that will launch at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600.

Bobby Labonte's No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet will pay tribute to the 29 West Virginia miners who lost their lives in a mining accident on April 5.

Labonte will carry a special paint scheme with the goal to raise awareness, not only to this fund, but also to www.RememberTheMiners.org and pay tribute to the 29 miners.

"Memorial Day weekend is all about remembrance and paying tribute to lost ones. There is no better time than now to honor the men lost in this tragedy," he said.

The Upper Big Branch Family Fund was formed by West Virginia head basketball coach Bobby Huggins and Big Coal River native Jason Parsons.

The fund helps the miners' family members with support, assistance for daily family expenses and scholarships to help pay for college.

"I join all West Virginians in saluting TRG Motorsports and Bobby Labonte for joining us to honor West Virginia coal miners this Memorial Day," Huggins said.

"What a fitting tribute to all the miners we have lost and what a way to salute the thousands of coal-mining families who do the work that makes America great."

The Coca Cola 600 is one of NASCAR's crown jewels, with 150,000 fans in attendance and millions more watching from home on Fox.

It makes a great venue of exposure for both The Upper Big Branch Family Fund and www.RememberTheMiners.org .

"We hope that our great fans will help raise awareness to these fallen members and log onto the website to show their support for these families in need," Buckler said.

I'm proud of both Labonte and TRG for doing this and it hits home for me. 

I've got family that works in the coal mines in both Kentucky and West Virginia, and it's a worthy charity to help out with contributions.

Source for quotes: trgmotorsports.com

Photo Credit: zimbio.com

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