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Minn. salesman donates NASCAR tickets to veterans

FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) -- A Fairmont salesman who won a trip to this weekend's NASCAR races says he feels gratified after donating his tickets to two veterans.

Bill Cieslinski was the grand-prize winner in a promotion through Case IH dealers for selling the most batteries. He won box seats to the race, along with hotel and airfare.

The only problem was, he's not a NASCAR fan. He couldn't sell the tickets so he contacted the Veterans Affairs office in Sioux Falls, S.D., which found two injured Iraq War veterans.

By this time he started thinking bigger. He persuaded Case IH and the battery sponsor to donate two more packages. Those went to an Iraq War veteran in Mankato and a Vietnam veteran in Sherburn.

Cieslinski tells the Sentinel of Fairmont it was his way of giving back.