8-28-16 Mooresville, NC
Freedom Car a popular Victory with huge crowd at Columbus Motor Speedway
After being rained out a week ago, the #76 POW-MIA Freedom Car driven by Jake Spillers, made the trip back to Columbus Motor Speedway for a big night of NASCAR racing. Columbus Motor Speedway having only one more late model race left, ever, was hosting the City of Obetz, Ohio’s Annual Zucchini Festival. The festivites included FREE admission to the races and a FREE concert with Country Music Star, “Clint Black”. An estimated 20,000 people showed up for the overall festivities!
“It’s sad to see such a historic track close its doors. I’m happy to say that I was able to pick up a win here before that happened. It really is crazy that a track with such a great car count each week will be closing. It was a humbling experience to talk to the veterans at the track, who have raced there for decades, to listen to some of their stories. With the stands packed thousands deep, I believe it put a smile on everyone's face to see the speedway going out on a high note. The Nuckles Family has owned and operated this race track for more than 70 years! A special thank you to the Nuckles family for their hospitality.” said Spillers.
Jake Spillers and the POW-MIA/ MyComputerCareer Freedom Car were right there with the fastest cars a week ago when rain came in and postponed the race. The Freedom Car, based out of North Carolina, travels to create awareness of the POW-MIA issue and is supported by MyComputerCareer, which has an IT campus right in Columbus. Our local Columbus following definitely wanted to see the Freedom Car back for the race! After a solid qualifying time, Spillers was in the redraw and placed on the pole! Jake held off the#80 of Daryl McKay and the #0 of Ohio State NASCAR Champion, Donnie Hill, side by side for the first two laps and then pulled away on the first green flag run. Single file restarts made for little pressure on Jake as he drove away from the field for the first 25 laps of the 35 lap feature. The last 10 laps had CMS point leader, Kyle Purvis, chasing Jake down and nudging him a few times to try and take the top spot. Jake brought the #76 across the finish line first with Purvis to his inside and an exciting finish for the fans! “Even though Kyle was the point leader and a popular driver here at Columbus Motor Speedway, the #76 had a lot of fans and Veterans cheering the POW-MIA Freedom Car to a Victory! It was great to see patriotic people get behind us! Wow, with this crowd that was a fun and popular Victory”, said Jerick Johnson with Team Johnson Motorsports. Jerick and his father, Jack who is an Army Veteran, have used racing as a way to help Veterans and support the POW-MIA cause that is so meaningful to so many people! Team Johnson Motorsports would like to thank MyComputerCareer for their continued support of our Veterans and the POW-MIA cause!
The team will compete next in the last of seven races in the Scott Farms Sweet Potato Series at Southern National Motorsports Park on September 10th in Kenly, NC. Following that, the POW-MIA/ MyComputerCareer Freedom Car will head up to Indianapolis for the JEGS CRA race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on September 24th. Check out FreedomCar.org for more details.
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NASCAR N.C. Rookie of the year “Ryan Millington” heading for Speedweeks.
Mooresville, N.C. - Team Johnson Motorsports is excited to announce that 15 year old Ryan Millington will be behind the wheel of the POW/MIA / MyComputerCareer.edu. #76 Freedom Car at the World Series of Stock Car racing in New Smyrna, Fl.
Ryan is a rising motorsports racer from Statesville, NC. Growing up in a family with a background and love for the sport. He has already been a winner on both dirt and pavement competing in several types of cars. Plus, winning over 80 races in go-karts.
In 2016, he made his first start in NASCAR Late Models at Hickory Speedway, competing in the Whelen All-American Series. He won, passing the JR Motorsports car to do it. Ryan went on to win three more times and took home several fast time awards. At season end he finished second in the tracks point standings and was awarded the NASCAR North Carolina Rookie of the Year for weekly competition at the series banquet.
Team Johnson Motorsports would like to thank MyComputerCareer.edu for supporting the POW/MIA Freedom Car Tour and Awareness Campaign. Keeping the POW-MIA issue in the forefront of America is very important to us “ said Founder and CEO Tony Galati” Ryan is scheduled to run all Pro Late Model races during the series. He will be joined by his teammate Jerick Johnson on the 100 lap special February, 24th. To follow Team Johnson Motorsports and their drivers visit us at FreedomCar.org
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Press Release: For Immediate Release
Team Johnson Motorsports is excited to announce MyComputerCareer.edu as the new title sponsor of the #76 POW-MIA Freedom Car and Awareness Campaign. MyComputerCareer has joined our 2016 Campaign to help create awareness of the POW-MIA (Prisoner of War- Missing in Action) issue through appearances, military appreciation events and spotlighting the POW-MIA logo on largely attended racing events. MyComputerCareer is the career college of choice for adult career changers and many others starting out in IT. Veterans may utilize the GI Bill at MyComputerCareer making it a great fit, as the school gives back by supporting the POW-MIA issue that we and all veterans care so much about.
Team Johnson Motorsports will be adding Jake Spillers as a driver in the 2016 season. Jake Spillers from Holly Springs, NC drove his first Late Model races last season under the watchful eye of POW-MIA Driver and Veteran advocate, Jerick Johnson. After a successful development year in 2015, picking up a win and many great finishes, Jake will now be asked to pilot numerous races in 2016 for the #76 POW-MIA/MyComputerCareer Freedom Car starting with the World Series of Stock Car Racing in Florida during Speedweeks. A full schedule of events and images will be added soon!
About POW-MIA Freedom Car: The POW-MIA Freedom Car and Awareness Campaigns’ mission of promoting and increasing public awareness of the POW-MIA issue, educating future generations of the POW-MIA cause and reminding our fellow Americans that the greatest tragedy of all is to be forgotten, has been an ongoing effort. Through racing mediums, veteran supporters, sponsors and large public events, we aspire to become the single largest program in the country for keeping the POW-MIA issue in the forefront of our fellow Americans. We are helping to connect the past, present, and future Veterans, and keep them from being left behind, should they become POW-MIA. Simple everyday efforts helping our youth recognize that the POW-MIA Logo is NOT “some sort of rock band or something” (actual words from teenagers) is WHY we continue our educational efforts! Learn more at FreedomCar.org
About MyComputerCareer: MyComputerCareer.edu is the career college of choice for adults transitioning careers, Veterans searching for a career and others just starting out in IT. In addition to their current 5 campuses and soon to open Charlotte, NC campus, the college has recently launched its programs for online learning in several additional markets. This will allow students who are not in a reasonable distance of a physical MyComputerCareer campus to experience the same accelerated career development program in a virtual environment so they can learn in their own convenient location. MyComputerCareer has helped thousands of men and women change their futures by starting new careers in the computer industry since its first campus opened in Raleigh in 2008. Through a laser focus on key certifications from industry leaders, Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and EC-Council combined with aggressive career placement services, most MyComputerCareer students are working in the IT field in less than a year—often before they graduate. Those seeking more information about MyComputerCareer should take the FREE Career Evaluation online at MyComputerCareer.edu or call the institute’s information line at 1-866-606-6922.
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Mission: To Promote and increase public awareness of the POW*MIA issue. To educate future generations of what POW*MIA means... Plus, to remind our fellow Americans the greatest tragedy of all is to be forgotten, and honor those that gave so much!
2-23-16 Press Release
POW-MIA/MyComputerCareer Freedom Car gains valuable experience for 2016
Jake Spillers of Holly Springs, NC made his driving debut of the #76 POW-MIA/MyComputerCareer Freedom Car at New Smyrna Speedway in The World Series of Stock Car Racing. The World Series of Racing started on Friday February 12th and finished on Saturday February 20th. “We were very excited to get this year started” said driver Jake Spillers. “To kick off our new year during Speedweeks in Florida and showcase MyComputerCareer as the 2016 title sponsor of the POW-MIA Awareness Campaign during the multiple days of racing was a great experience.”
Team Representative Burt Spillers presents track owner Robert Hart MyComputerCareer helps promote POW-MIA Awareness with wristbands.
And Manager Kim Brown with a Certificate of Appreciation. Veterans can use VA Benefits and GI Bill to further their education.
As the Freedom Car team and Jake worked on making the car fast during practice and qualifying, another part of the team promoted POW-MIA awareness in the stands! NASCAR race track owner Robert Hart was very helpful and thankful for our support of our veterans. MyComputerCareer.edu is a great sponsor for the POW-MIA awareness campaign, as they assist countless veterans receive a great education with help from the GI Bill.
On night one of racing everything was looking great as Jake turned the 6th fastest lap of final practice out of a 24 car field set to take the first green flag. During the first few laps Jake was running in the top 10 in his first race laps ever at New Smyrna Speedway when he was caught up in the first large wreck of speedweeks. Even though it was a big blow to the start of the World Series, Jake and the team thrashed to come back and not give up on their high hopes of racing competitively with the best in the business.
POW-MIA/MyComputer Career car at New Symrna Beach, Speedweeks. Heavy damage to the Freedom Car on night 1 of speedweeks.
After missing night 2 of racing, still making repairs, the FreedomCar was back by night 3 and ready for racing. Upon dialing the car back in during practice and qualifying 9th for the race… Mother Nature had different plans and rained out the nights’ events. Racing resumed with 4 nights left for the #76 car in the Pro Late Model class. Jake rattled off 4 top 10’s in the last nights, with a best finish of 7th place on the last night of racing. That left Jake Spillers and the #76 Freedom Car 11th in points out of 35 drivers for Speedweek. “It is not how we imagined starting our 2016 season, but to come back after the wreck and run 4 top 10’s shows that Jake and this team have a lot of determination” said Jerick Johnson, race team manager and crew chief for Team Johnson Motorsports. ” Jake and I have gained valuable knowledge working together night after night, where some teams may work together all year long and do not have this experience.”
Team Johnson works on making Freedom Car better during practice. Jake getting in the seat of the POW-MIA /MyComputerCareer FreedomCar.
The POW-MIA/MyComputerCareer Freedom Car took a lot of experience away from their 2016 Speedweeks and plan on using it to make their season great! The Freedom Cars next race will be with Jake behind the wheel again at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Easter Bunny 150 super late model event on March 26th.