WALL TOWNSHIP –Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez today joined NASCAR driver Ryan Truex, the Truex family and others in the racing community at Wall Stadium to unveil the state’s new line of NASCAR-themed license plates. The 12 plates honor the sport of auto racing and popular drivers, including New Jersey native and NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Martin Truex, Jr. (#56).
“When Governor Christie signed the sports plate legislation earlier this year, he recognized the overwhelming popularity of motorsports and the desire of New Jersey racing fans to show their pride on their vehicles,” said Martinez. “With NASCAR hosting some of the most highly-attended sports events worldwide, we are confident this new series of plates will be a huge success.”
The MVC is offering a general NASCAR fan plate and 11 driver plates through the mail with order forms available online at www.njmvc.gov/sports or at any one of the MVC’s 42 agencies. Plates are $60 for an initial purchase with an annual renewal fee of $60. Personalized NASCAR plates are also available for purchase. Revenue generated from the sale of the plates will go to the state’s General Fund.
There are 12 plates in the NASCAR series:
- A general NASCAR fan plate
- A commemorative Hall of Fame plate for Dale Earnhardt
- A Kevin Harvick plate
- A Tony Stewart plate
- A Ryan Newman plate
- A Martin Truex, Jr. plate
- A Jeff Gordon plate
- A Mark Martin plate
- A Kasey Kahne plate
- A Dale Earnhardt Jr. plate
- A Matt Kenseth plate; and
- A Jimmie Johnson plate
Officially licensed NASCAR plates are now available in 10 different states and six more states will add the program in the next two years.
Over the next few weeks, the MVC will begin offering other sports license plates for fans of the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL.
“The sale of sports plates is a win-win for the state as it allows fans the unique opportunity to show their pride while providing another valuable source of revenue,” added Martinez.
Today’s event was held at Wall Stadium, home of auto racing at the Jersey Shore for more than 60 years and the historic Turkey Derby. Martin Truex, Jr. won the event when he was just 18 and Ryan is scheduled to race in this year’s Derby.
The youngest Truex driver will be racing in the #14 NASCAR Whelen Modified car owned by Don Ling Sr. of Brick Township and Dick Barney of Lakewood (both Ocean County). The car was on display at today’s event along with the #11 Street Stock car owned by Carl Thomas of Manalapan, Monmouth County. Thomas will also be racing this car at this year’s Derby.
The 37th running of the Turkey Derby, which will take place on Nov. 26 and 27, is being organized, promoted and managed by the Ling and John Blewett Jr. families, who have been racing icons at Wall Stadium for some 40 years.
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