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Kelly’s national presence and celebrity through the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series gave her the opportunity in 2006 to start her own non-profit mission: “Let It Shine – The Kelly Sutton Foundation. The Sutton family has been racing since the 1940’s. Kelly is a 3rd generation driver behind her father and grandfather. She is the very definition and picture of diversity.

Kelly had 16 starts finishing 29th of 93 drivers in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005 with earnings of $143,949. Deborah Renshaw had 24 starts and Erin Crocker ran 2 races in the 2005 series.

Kelly Sutton, is an American NASCAR driver. Kelly Sutton is also running the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. She drives the #02 Team Copaxone Chevy for car owner Ed Sutton. While she has qualified for every event so far in 2005 she has not had any top ten finishes. Her best run of the year so far is a 15th place effort at Lowes Motor Speedway. (of the NASCAR craftsmen truck series).

The 2005 season is underway, and Kelly "Girl" Sutton is excited to be racing full time in the elite ranks of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Now in its 10th year, the series features trucks based on popular half-ton short-bed pickup trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and Toyota. Kelly's Team COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) Chevrolet will race for the checkered flag in 25 exciting races in cities across the country.

2005 Standings for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - 29th out of 90. Top finish in 2005 - 15th at the Charlotte Tailgate 200.

Kelly "Girl" Sutton uses Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis to Motivate Others

When Kelly "Girl" Sutton was just a little girl, her mom asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up.

PHOENIX (Nov. 11, 2005) — When Kelly "Girl" Sutton was just a little girl, her mom asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. Her immediate response was to help people, and be a race car driver. Little did either one of them know the twists or turns that lay ahead ultimately would help Sutton achieve both goals.

"I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in 1988 when I was only 16 years old," explained Sutton. "Like many people, I was devastated. But, through prayer and support from family and friends, I realized my diagnosis didn't have to stand in the way of a racing career. I wanted to change the face of MS and encourage others with MS to realize their dreams."

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), Sutton is one of more than 400,000 Americans currently living with MS, a disease where women are two to three times more likely to be diagnosed than men. Sutton's mission is to raise awareness of the treatment options available to manage the disease. She accomplishes this, in part, by sharing her personal story and experiences in most cities she visits. Saturday, Nov. 12, Sutton will sign autographs by her race truck at the Camelback Inn at 9:00 a.m., in Scottsdale, and she will speak at 10:30 a.m. For more information on this free event for those affected by MS, please call 1-800-887-8100.

"There are more than 4,700 Arizona residents affected by MS, and almost half of all people living with the disease are not taking one of the approved therapies. I know people can respond differently, but my MS has been in remission for more than six years with COPAXONE® after two other therapies didn't work for me," Sutton said.

The 34-year-old single mom also uses the media exposure gained by her presence as a driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) to show her peers in the MS community that it is possible to manage the challenges of everyday life after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Impacting People's Lives

Kelly Sutton's story resonates far beyond just the racing world, spreading to the hundreds of thousands living with MS. Whether newly diagnosed, or living with the disease for many years, men and women of all ages identify with Sutton's determination to overcome her challenges. Her positive attitude and determination to "make lemonade from lemons" has kept her focused on reaching out to the MS community and pursuing her passion for racing. Sutton's courage and resolve earned her the 2004 Gene Autry Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Authority and the distinguished 2003 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award presented by the Women's Sports Foundation.

"No matter where I travel, I meet someone with MS who touches my heart and makes me feel connected to all the other people who are fighting the same battle I am," said Sutton. "There is no way to describe the awesome feeling I get when someone tells me something I did inspired them to take action in managing their MS. I receive e-mails from people all over the country who have heard me talk about my MS at an educational program, read about my story in their morning paper, or watched an interview on their evening news. Helping others is my dream, and I am living it every day!"

Racing Against MS

A third-generation driver for Sutton Motorsports, Kelly "Girl" Sutton's desire to race began as a five-year-old leaning against her dad's race car and has blossomed into a career in the hard-charging NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Despite competing in a typically male-dominated sport, Sutton has posted nearly a dozen top-25 finishes, a handful of top-20s, and a top-15 finish in her short time in the series. Sutton currently holds the record for career earnings and race starts by a female NCTS competitor, as well as the best starting position or finish by a female NCTS driver at several tracks on the circuit. She hopes to add the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway to that list of accomplishments Nov. 11.

Sutton says she is living the dream she envisioned so many years ago, and her accomplishments on and off the track have inspired thousands of people living with MS to find their own passion. She continues to put herself in the public eye sharing her personal challenges, and has paved the way for those with MS, and women, to keep focused on a checkered flag of their own.

Turning to Science

The FDA has approved drugs for RRMS, such as COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection). Current data suggest COPAXONE® is a selective MHC class II modulator. COPAXONE® is indicated for the reduction of the frequency of relapses in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.

The most common side effects of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, chest pain, weakness, infection, pain, nausea, joint pain, anxiety, and muscle stiffness. These reactions are usually mild and seldom require professional treatment. Patients should tell their doctor about any side effects.

Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE®. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and go away by themselves without further problems.

After injecting COPAXONE®, patients should call their doctor right away if they develop hives, skin rash with irritation, dizziness, sweating, chest pain, trouble breathing, severe pain at the injection site, or other uncomfortable changes in their general health. Patients should not give themselves any more injections until their doctor tells them to begin again.

Teva Neuroscience, Inc. markets COPAXONE®. COPAXONE® is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Teva Neuroscience, Inc. is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

For more information on Kelly Sutton and her racing career, visit her Web site at, or for more information on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, visit

Call 1-800-887-8100 or log onto for more information about COPAXONE®, Team COPAXONE®, or multiple sclerosis.

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Name: Kelly Renae Sutton
Birthday: Sept. 24, 1971
Family: Lives in Kannapolis, NC., with husband, Butch, and daughters
ResultsAshlee and Nicole
Parents: Ed and Carol Sutton
Hometown: Crownsville, Md.
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Nickname: Kelly "Girl"
Pets: Dog, Shadow; Fish
Hobbies: Cross Stitch, Softball
Favorite Food: Biscuits & gravy
Favorite Car: '69 Camaro Favorite Movie: Six Pack with Kenny Rogers Favorite TV Show: Doc and Fear Factor Favorite Actor: George Clooney
Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Band: George Strait Favorite Song: "The River" by Garth Brooks
Best Racing Memory: Winning the Metropolitan Auto Racing Fan Club award the same as my Dad and Grandaddy


3 races with Billy Ballew Motorsports
Revolution Studios awarding Kelly with “Spirit of Life” Award 9/24/07
Invited to race 8/8/07 at Las Vegas Bull Ring with other NASCAR Drivers
Visual Arts Entertainment making the “Daytona” the Kelly “Girl” Sutton movie


Best finish – Charlotte (15th)
Honored with 2005 Trailblazer Award, Association for Diversity in Motorsports
Most money won by female in NASCAR
Most consecutive starts by female in NASCAR
Drover Herbie the Love Bug at Lowes

Seven top-25 finishes
26th overall point standings
Best qualifying: Las Vegas (14th)
Honored with 2004 Gene Autry Courage Award, Angels Care/Tempe Sports Authority

Competed in all nine races
Finished 8th in overall points
Honored with 2003 Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, Women’s Sports Foundation

Competed in 14 races
Finished 12th in overall points
Most Popular Driver Award 2002
Finished third in Rookie of the Year standings

Competed in six races, led laps in one race, best finish 10th

Competed in two races, best finish 16th

Won one qualifying race
Won Oral B Close Brush Award

First woman to win regionally or nationally
Finished 25th in national point standings
Competed in four races

Won two feature and three pole positions
Finished sixth in regional point standings
Won Most Popular Driver Award

Won seven feature races, 20 qualifiers, and five pole positions
Average finish of fifth in final point standings
Most Popular Driver Award 1992, 1993, 1994
Metropolitan Auto Racing Fan Club of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia Award 1994
Sportsmanship Award 1992
Hard Charger Award 1992

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