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A NASCAR celebrity is making an appearance this year at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace is showing off one of his cars at Progress City on the campus of Richland Community College. Wallace explains the car folks can see this week is the actual car he got sixth with at the Chicago Land Speedway.

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While Wallace is proud to display his car and promote his race team, he comes to the Farm Progress Show for reasons other than his NASCAR career. Wallace has recently become involved in a cause that benefits family farmers. He says his new role with the American Corn Growers Association is to go to bat for the farmers of America and try to defend farmers against accusations that come at them that are not true.

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In the brief time Wallace has been the spokesperson for family farmers, he acknowledges the learning experience it has been. He says notes while farming is one of the oldest professions, he says the technology they use continues to advance.

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Another cause locally Wallace, among other drivers, have gotten involved in is the restoration of the Macon Speedway. He says bringing communities together to keep dirt tracks together in tough times is a goal many drivers take part in. The opportunity to see Kenny Wallace and his car at the Farm Progress Show concludes this afternoon at 4.

Keep your radio dial tuned throughout the day to the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW for interviews with exhibitors and organizers and also traffic updates.

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