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Monday
Apr162012

Foreigner's Mick Jones Presented with Platinum, Gold Records at Auto Racing Awards Event

Photo: Tim TronckoeForeigner guitarist Mick Jones was presented with three platinum awards and a gold plaque honoring sales milestones for some of the band's biggest hits last Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  Current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart presented Jones with the plaques during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala.

Also at the event, the rocker accepted -- on behalf of the band -- the Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award, which honored Foreigner's support of the Texas chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities organization.  Foreigner began an association with the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009, and last year recorded a new version of its classic song "Hot Blooded" for use in the racetrack's "No Limits" campaign.  The band also donated money raised from sales of the tune to the Speedway Children's Charities.

Jones, who has been recovering from arterial leg surgery, said at the Hall of Fame gala, "I hope to be back in the saddle soon, but nothing could keep me away from this event!  It is a thrill for us to be part of the NASCAR firmament."

Foreigner was honored with platinum awards for "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "Hot Blooded," and also received a gold record for "Juke Box Hero."

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