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NASCAR's Kenny Wallace advocates for E-15

State Senator John Sullivan introduced NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace on the Senate floor during a trip to Springfield advocating for the use of E-15 fuel.SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace promoted the use of E-15 fuels during a Wednesday visit to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

"E-15 is a high-performance fuel, and I know a little about high performance," Wallace said. "More people should have the chance to buy fuel that helps Illinois' largest industry: agriculture."

E-15 is a blended biofuel made up of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. E-15 is available at some gas stations in Illinois but is less common than the 10 percent ethanol blend sold across the state.

"The more ethanol we put into our gas, the more money we put into Illinois' farm economy. By expanding the use of E-15 we promote agriculture, help the environment with lower emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Sullivan said.

NASCAR has exclusively used E-15 fuel during practice, qualification and races since 2011. NASCAR switched to E-15 to lower emissions and promote the use of biofuels.

A 2013 study reported that since switching to E-15, NASCAR's viewers were 40 percent more likely to support the expansion of ethanol fuels and 50 percent more likely to use ethanol blends in their own vehicles. The switch to E-15 also reduced on-track emissions by 20 percent.

Since his first NASCAR race in 1988, Kenny Wallace has 900 starts, nine Nationwide Series wins and three Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver awards.