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In loving memory of Natalie Krohn

October 11, 2012

Natalie Krohns protrait donned the hood of the #30 car driven by David Stremme in the NASCAR race on Sunday. 
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Natalie Krohns protrait donned the hood of the #30 car driven by David Stremme in the NASCAR race on Sunday.
A heart that touched the nation
A little over a week ago, tragedy struck the community. Natalie Krohn was enjoying her time with a friend near her family’s farm just north of Slayton when very suddenly, her life was snatched away as a result of a ATV accident at the young age of nine. The Krohn family, along with the community of Slayton, was in deep shock for the entire week of Natalie’s passing.

Not only was Slayton saddened by this tragic death, but so was the racing world. Natalie’s father, Jason Krohn,  is known all over the U.S. for his dirt track success in the United States Modified Touring Series, especially in 2007 when he won the national championship.

Brandon Davis, CEO of Swan Energy, Inc., was sitting in his office on the morning he found out about the accident waiting to do a conference call with his marketing team for the driver that Swan Energy, Inc. sponsors. That driver is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme. Swan Energy, Inc. also sponsors Rodney Sanders, a driver in the USMTS with Jason Krohn and coincidently Samantha’s (Natalie’s sister) boyfriend. When Sanders found out about the accident, he gave Davis a call just before he did the conference call.

“I was shocked. Could not believe such a beautiful little lady was taken away so soon,” Davis mentioned.

As soon as Sanders got off the phone with Davis, the conference call with the marketing team began, and the first item of business was passing on the news of Natalie’s death a with Davis expressing how he felt about it. That’s when the initial idea to honor Natalie in the race at Talladega was originated.

“We wanted to do something, anything to try and ease the pain the family was going through and initiated the idea of running the race in Talladega in memory of Natalie,” Davis stated.

“The project became of utmost importance knowing the steps to getting the picture on Stremme’s hood and short amount of time to accomplish this.” said Davis. The first thing Davis did was contact the family and made sure that they were fine with the idea.

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