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By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM
September 01, 2011 12:41 PM, EDT
A fishing trip led to Ryan Newman meeting the Slocumb family and this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Newman will honor the life of former Turner Motorsports family member and Newman's close friend, Beau Slocumb.
"I had asked Ed [Clark, AMS general manager] for a good place to go fishing in the area and he said 'why don't you come down to the Slocumb house?' " Newman said. "So I drove about 50 minutes down to the Slocumb house and fished for a little while and got a chance to meet Beau and the rest of the family."
Slocumb, who lost a battle with cancer last spring, was an aspiring racer that won numerous times at AMS's quarter-mile short track. He began his racing career in Legends Cars and progressed through Late Models to the ARCA Racing Series. He worked at Turner Motorsports, which fields multiple teams in both the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series.
Newman's truck will feature the number and paint scheme driven by Slocumb, an avid hunter and native of Macon, Ga., during his driving career. All money received by Turner Motorsports from the event will be donated to Slocumb's widow, Jessica.
"He was a good man and it's just as simple as that," Newman said. "He became a friend of mine and it was his dream to race a truck. He had raced an ARCA car for Steve Turner there a couple times -- I think his best finish was fourth at Kansas if I remember right.
"But it's just a way to remember him and give his family an opportunity to see something that he always wanted to do. His name is going to be on the passenger side on top of the roof -- just real thankful for having Realtree and Brandt to step up and sponsor the race for us and for a way to just give back to the memory of someone else."
Turner has entered a No. 08 Chevrolet for Newman, with Slocumb's unique black-over-camouflage paint scheme. Newman's Truck Series record is pretty special -- especially at Atlanta, where he won his only previous start.
"Steve Turner may have been a bigger Beau Slocumb fan than I was and never got a chance to watch Beau race much," Newman said. "But [Slocumb] was a very genuine man and was raised right and that is what struck me first and foremost."
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