Last summer, record crowds took advantage of free admission and packed the grandstands at four sold-out Jam the Stands stock car racing events sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). The promotion was such a success, MCGA is doing it again in 2013, this time at nine tracks throughout Minnesota, including Saturday, July 13, at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley.

Admission is free and race fans will have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards throughout the evening courtesy of MCGA. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the positive impact homegrown ethanol has on the environment and local economic development.

Racing starts at 6 p.m.

"MCGA welcomes the opportunity to partner with Deer Creek Speedway to bring some of the best racing in all of Minnesota to area fans for free," said Chad Willis, a member of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and chair of the National Corn Growers Association's ethanol committee. "Connecting with race fans is also a great way to show people how ethanol is clean, homegrown and renewable. Free racing while getting the facts about homegrown ethanol makes for a great evening with your friends and family."

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, ethanol generates $5 billion in total economic output and more than 12,600 jobs annually. Ethanol is also less energy intensive to produce than gasoline and helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 29 percent. A 56-pound bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol while also simultaneously generating 17.5 pounds of high-protein livestock feed.

Other supporters of Jam the Stands at Deer Creek include Poet Biorefining, Absolute Energy, DuPont Pioneer, Asgrow Dekalb, Kruger Seed, Syngenta Seeds, Johnson Chemical, Ag Partners Co-op, Diercks Farms & Diercks Grains, Home Federal, Merchants Bank, Hutton Inc., Hartland Fuel Products, Southwest Farms, North Country John Deere, New Holland, Power 96, KWWK, Snap-on Tools, Wagner Trucking and Midwest Millwright.

Deer Creek Speedway has been family-owned and operated since 2001. It holds about 8,000 people and is located on more than 60 acres about five miles west of Spring Valley on U.S. Highway 63.

"We're excited to give people the opportunity to visit our track and see a night of racing on MCGA," said Deer Creek president and general manager Randy Queensland. "If you've never been to a race before, Jam the Stands is a great opportunity to see what makes our facility a great place to enjoy affordable entertainment. If you're a regular at Deer Creek, we look forward to seeing you again and helping us Jam The Stands."