Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jail and Bail event raises $150,000 for Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund

Judge John Darby, right, NASCAR Managing Director of Competition, requests bail for two-time
Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart during the third annual NASCAR Jail & Bail held
at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, N.C. (
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2010) – Twenty NASCAR drivers and celebrities joined more than 1,000 fans to help collect $150,000 in donations and pledges at the Third Official Jail and Bail charity event benefitting the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund on Oct. 12 at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, N.C. Over the three years of the event, more than $300,000 has been raised to provide 30 scholarships for qualified female students.

The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified female students who wish to attend any one of Universal Technical Institute’s 11 campuses across the U.S., including the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.

Alabama Gang members, left to right, Donnie Allison, Bobby Allison and Red Farmer
look for someone to bail them out of jail. (
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The evening included NASCAR drivers and other celebrities being “sentenced” and put behind bars with all of the “bail money” going to support the scholarship fund. Inmates included NASCAR drivers Landon Cassill; Kevin Conway; Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski; Travis Kvapil; Joey Logano; Casey Mears; Michael McDowell; Joe Nemechek; Max Papis; Tony Raines; Brian Scott; Reed Sorenson; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Tony Stewart. Others locked up were the No. 11 FedEx Pit Crew, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jerry Cook and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison and Red Farmer of “The Alabama Gang.”

Joining “Judge John Darby” were “prosecutors” Jimmy Spencer of SPEED, NASCAR’s Mike Phillips and ESPN’s Marty Smith as NASCAR crew chiefs Kevin “Bono” Manion, Slugger Labbe and Tommy Baldwin Jr. served as the “dream team” defense attorneys. The event was hosted by NASCAR media personalities Matt Yocum and Ray Dunlap.

NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
driver Brad Keselowski signs autographs.
(Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Legendary country music artists The Charlie Daniels Band was joined by recording artist and hit songwriter Bridgette Tatum to provide memorable entertainment for the event.

Davis, a Universal Technical Institute (UTI) graduate and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series official, died in 2008 at age 28, and is honored by this scholarship created to encourage women to seek careers in the automotive industry.

About the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund
The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified female students who wish to attend any one of Universal Technical Institute’s eleven campuses across the U.S., including the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Each year, $10,000 scholarships are presented to three female students who wish to further their education at a UTI campus. Criteria and application information for this scholarship is available on the UTI Foundation website at www.utifoundation.net.

About UTI Foundation:
The UTI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit, is the umbrella organization for all Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) not-for-profit initiatives and is dedicated to raising funds to further its mission and strategic goals. The UTI Foundation supports technical education for the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine and NASCAR industries through scholarships, grants, career development and other special programs. For more information, visit www.utifoundation.net.

Martha Nemechek attempts to bail out her son, double-duty NASCAR
driver Joe Nemechek. (
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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