Aspen Dental partners with NASCAR "I think the passion with which we were speaking about it, this is why we go to work every day," Vaeth says. "And this is why Aspen Dental doctors and team members out at the practices go to work every day, it's to make that difference for patients. With the NASCAR folks in the room, I think it was contagious." Aspen Dental's joint venture with NASCAR has established roots. The company has been a loyal sponsor of Stewart-Haas Racing since 2012 and of Patrick since 2014, her second full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Patrick's profile has helped fuel successes with Aspen Dental's Healthy Mouth Movement, which has turned charitable donations into dentistry care for veterans in need, and the "Taste of the Future" campaign, which warns of the long-term effects of delaying dental visits. "I'm really excited about working with Aspen Dental to support them in breaking down the barriers to better care, better smiles and better lives," Patrick said in a news release. "Starts and restarts are part of the sport. The same is true for focusing or refocusing on taking care of your mouth. Through 'Get Started,' we will encourage NASCAR fans to get started -- or restarted -- on their own road to better oral health." Aspen Dental's blue, white and gray paint scheme will be prominent on Patrick's No. 10 Ford this weekend at Auto Club Speedway, marking the fourth appearance for the brand in five Monster Energy Series races this season. The increased commitment and exposure also sync with the company's growth. Aspen Dental currently has more than 600 offices for independent dental care providers across the country; it plans to expand into its 36th state later this year. "Having the partnership with her and with SHR, and frankly a consistent presence at the track over time -- and especially this year we'll be showing up in a bigger way than we ever have before -- yes, it's helped us reach fans where they are," Vaeth said.
Aspen Dental signs deal with Eldora Speedway The fourth annual 150-lap race, the only NASCAR national series event on a dirt speedway, is scheduled July 20 (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The track discontinued the Mudsummer Classic name in the offseason because of a conflict with Major League Baseball's "Midsummer Classic" name for its annual All-Star Game.