Racing for the Cure at Fremont Speedway
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio - Alex Burkett
has always been willing to help racers. Whether
it was financial aid through
his place of business, or simply a pat on the
back or words of encouragement,
Burkett was there with support. Now, his
family is looking for that
same support from the racing community for the
gentle man with a big heart.
Burkett, who recently retired
from Crown Battery, long a supporter of area
racing through team, track
and series sponsorships, is battling pancreatic
cancer. He has been in various
hospitals the past several months, unable to
attend the races he so loves.
When David Harrison won the
410 sprint feature at Fremont Speedway on April
26, he dedicated the victory
to his father-in-law.
"He has been so supportive
of me and a lot of other racers...I just hope
everyone prays for him and
remembers him," said Harrison.
Burkett's grandson, Josh
Harrison, also races 410 sprints at Fremont.
Burkett's son, Jim, said
his dad wouldn't want people to feel sorry for him.
"He would rather they help
others. That gave us the idea for the 'Racers
Racing For the Cure.' We
are planning a lot of activities to benefit the
American Cancer Society
and the American Red Cross," said Jim. "Dad has
helped so many racers over
the years...we know the racing community will
show their support of him."
The Alex Burkett Honorary
Blood Drive will be held in the Flower Building at
the Sandusky County Fairgrounds
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8.
"Every day, cancer patients
just like dad depend on blood donations. We're
hoping the racers and fans
will step up and donate," said Jim.
To donate blood, you have
to be at least 17-years-old, weigh at least 110
pounds, be in general good
health and provide a valid state photo ID.
There will also be a 50/50
raffle that day and a barbecue at the fairgrounds
sponsored by the Davis Brothers
Racing, MSD Racing and East Side Great Scot
Supermarket. There will
be a silent auction and raffles including items from
NASCAR drivers. You may
also purchase tickets for the grand prize drawing of
four days and three nights
in Las Vegas (trip includes air fare and hotel).
The family and friends of
Alex Burkett and Harrison Racing will also take
part in the American Cancer
Society's Relay for Life in Fremont's Conner
Park on June 20. Sponsors
are needed for the team.
The two Burger King restaurant
locations in Fremont will also hold an Alex
Burkett Day, Tuesday, June
17. Special flyers have been printed, and if you
bring one of them into either
of the two Fremont restaurants on June 17,
Burger King will donate
a portion of the purchase price of your meal to the
Racers Racing for the Cure.
Racers Racing for the Cure
culminates at Fremont Speedway on Burger King
Night, Saturday, June 21.
Drivers will go through the stands seeking
donations. And, the grand
prize drawing will be held for the trip to Las
"Dad has the 1965 Fremont
Speedway pace car. We're trying to get it ready to
be at the track that night,"
To make a donation or get
involved with the Racers Racing for the Cure,
contact Jim Burkett at 419-463-0402
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org