Local NASCAR driver Chris Cockrum, a Conyers, Georgia native, announces he will be once again piloting the No. 87 Advanced Communications Group / Captain Herb Emory Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing (RWR) in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed the Children race at Atlanta Motor Speedway August 30th (Labor Day Weekend).
Making only his second Nationwide series start, Chris is looking forward to reuniting with car owner Rick Ware and crew chief Jeff Spraker and would like to thank them and the entire RWR team for all of their hard work in putting this effort together.
"I am extremely excited to get back behind the wheel in the Nationwide Series. Being at Atlanta Motor Speedway, what I would consider my home track, makes for even a better fit," Chris said, who made his Camping World Truck Series debut in 2011 at the track just 45 minutes from his home.
Captain Herb tragically died in April of a massive heart attack as he was assisting authorities at the scene of a crash in front of his house.
"As happy as I am about competing this Labor Day weekend, I am even more honored to pay tribute to Captain Herb Emory and his wife Karen, who have been long time supporters of mine and friends to my entire family. Captain Herb has meant so much to me and other Georgia race car drivers that it seems fitting to give thanks to this man for not only what he has meant to our sport, but to the local community in large. I do consider it a privilege to bring Captain Herb and his many charities along for the ride in hopes of bringing awareness to these charities for this race."
The paint scheme on the No. 87 Ford will be adorned with Captain Herb livery, but also with charities that Emory, a Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee and longtime airborne traffic reporter and racing show host for WSB Radio in Atlanta, supported during his legendary career. Those include Toys for Tots, A Gift of Love Services in Douglasville, Douglas County Humane Society and the Share House Family Crisis Center in Douglas County.
"I would like to also thank the staff at AMS for assisting me and my family with the logistics and efforts required in honoring this man. I encourage everyone to purchase tickets to Saturday's Great Clips 300 to benefit the Feed the Children race. If Captain Herb has gotten you out of a traffic jam or helped you out in some other way, come out to support the Captain and me for this memorable night race. I hope to see everyone at the track."