Friday night, your support got the attention of the local CBS affiliate, WUSA9. Anchors David Longo and Lesli Foster detailed our Russian Machine Never Brakes promotion, where you guys raised nearly $10k to get Caps fan Ryan Ellis into the Dover Xfinity race.
Check it out.
Lesli Foster: “Drivers in tomorrow’s NASCAR race in Dover, well they’re going to be chasing a whole bunch of local hockey fans.”
Dave Longo: “Worlds colliding in this story. Get this, one of the drivers out there is being sponsored by a local hockey blog, russianmachineneverbreaks.com. Here’s the car #25, driven by Ryan Ellis who grew up in Ashburn and went to George Mason. Now if you’re a big Caps fan, you’ve heard of the RMNB blog. Fans of the site helped raised money to get Ellis on the track there at Dover. They forked over 8,888 dollars a tribute of course to ‘The Great 8,’ Alex Ovechkin. Now tattooed on the rear of the car, the phrase “Crash the net… Not the bumper!” Whole bunch of cars are going to end up squished tomorrow if it keeps raining out there.”
WUSA9 also posted an interview with Ellis on their website that includes the backstory of how all of this came to be.
“I became an RMNB fan three or four years ago when I was introduced to the site by my mother,” Ellis said. “I’ve been a huge Caps fan, and never miss a game, but I found RMNB to be a very interesting refreshing way to look at the sport. I met a bunch of the guys last year and once I figured out they were NASCAR fans, we knew we had to make something like this happen.
“The RMNB community has been so supportive and we could not do this without them,” Ellis continued. “The deal this weekend goes way further than a decal on a racecar. To me, it shows the support that the DMV area has for one of their own, not only for me, but for RMNB.”
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