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Sept. 14 Declared

9/14/2006

SEPTEMBER 14th DECLARED "MICHAEL WALTRIP DAY" IN QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS

NASCAR Driver Serves as Celebrity Chef at Best Western Adams Inn Clambake, Raising $10,000 for Charity

NASCAR driver and two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip raced into Quincy, Massachusetts, on Thursday in his Best Western #99 Busch Series Street Car to celebrate "Michael Waltrip Day." On behalf of Mayor William J. Phelan, City Councilman Kevin Coughlin and City Planner Dennis Harrington presented Waltrip with a seal of the city during a fundraiser held at the Best Western Adams Inn, located in this historic Boston suburb.

The VIP event, attended by approximately 120 leaders from the Quincy business community, raised $10,000 to be shared with Waltrip's charity of choice, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, and Father Bill's Women's Shelter, selected by the Mayor.

"It’s not everyday a NASCAR driver receives such an honor, and I thank Mayor Phelan for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful, caring community," said Waltrip. "Most importantly, I’m proud to have teamed with both the city of Quincy and my sponsor, Best Western, for tonight's charity event. The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation is an organization which is close to my heart, and I appreciate the generosity and support expressed this evening."

Held on the eve of this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race at nearby New Hampshire International Speedway, the New England-style gala featured a signature clambake with Waltrip as celebrity chef. Upon arrival, the NASCAR legend served up traditional fare to guests, including lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob and chowder.

"We are thrilled to welcome two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip to our great and historic city," said Mayor Phelan. "I want to thank Michael and Best Western for hosting this great event, raising funds to help Alzheimer's research and help homeless women. We all wish Michael the best of luck up in New Hampshire this weekend."
The festivities continue this weekend for the general public at the Best Western Adams Inn, located at 29 Hancock Street in Quincy. NASCAR fans can have their picture taken with both the Best Western #99 Street Car and Show Car on Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Special prizes will also be given away, including Waltrip-autographed Best Western Pit Crew Shirts, and limited edition Best Western #99 Die-Cast Cars, among other collectibles.

For more information on the evening's charities, please visit www.alzinfo.org, www.waltripchallenge.com, and www.fatherbillsplace.org.

About Best Western International
Best Western International, The Official Hotel of NASCAR® and an associate sponsor of Michael Waltrip, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary as a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members. Growing from a string of roadside motels starting in 1946 Long Beach, Calif., to THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN® with 4,200 hotels in 80 countries, Best Western is one of the industry’s most endearing iconic brands.