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Aric Almirola, Joey Logano supporting charities in Darlington return

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NASCAR’s return today at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox) will see the teams of Aric Almirola and Joey Logano using the opportunity to highlight charitable efforts aimed at helping communities during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The paint scheme of Almirola’s No. 10 Ford will have "#GoodFoodChallenge” on its quarter panels.

Almirola’s sponsor, Smithfield Foods, has develop a way to help families in need through the support of Feeding America with protein donations. On March 26, Smithfield launched the Good Food Challenge with the goal of providing more than 10 million meals. A few weeks later, Smithfield committed to donating more than 40 million servings of protein to Feeding America.

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“All you have to do is open your phone and use the hashtag #GoodFoodChallenge between May 12 and May 21,” Almirola said in a media release. “Every time someone uses this hashtag, they instantly provide 10 servings of protein to Feeding America. That’s hard to pass up on.

“We’re obviously extremely excited to get back to racing and compete for a championship, but it’s even more exciting to have the opportunity to help those in need in these tough times by typing three words on your phone and clicking send. I’m blessed to be partnered with a company who, in these times, uses our partnership to give back.”

Donations can be made via the website

Logano’s No. 22 Ford will be sponsored by Shell in the Sunday and Wednesday races at Darlington. On the scheme will be a logo for Feeding America. To date, Shell has contributed more than $2 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts across the country.

Shell is also providing 2.5 million meals to help fight hunger in communities in need via Feeding America. Fans can go to to donate directly. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

On Monday, the Joey Logano Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation, and Elevation Outreach, an outreach ministry of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, are partnering with Convoy of Hope to bring a tractor trailer with 40,000 pounds of food and supplies to approximately 1,000 households / vehicles during its drive-thru distribution at Darlington Raceway. The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET.

Also, Richard Childress Racing continues to hold an auction of items from Childress’ personal collection that benefits COVID-19 relief efforts.