children to crew race cars at Fremont Speedway Saturday
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Contact: Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – Each Saturday
night during the summer, area fans are treated to great racing battles
on the clay at Fremont Speedway. On Saturday, May 15, there will be a more
important battle played out in the pits at “The Track That Action Built.”
Five very special youngsters will be on the pit crews of race teams, and
while they will help the racers battle the competition, these young people
are engaged in the battle for life.
The Racers Racing for the
Cure (RRC) has teamed up with race night sponsor Roots Poultry for a very
special evening. This year, the organization, which is in its third year
of raising funds to fight cancer, has taken on the cause of the 21 young
people inflicted with some type of cancer who are included in the Ohio
Department of Health’s Clyde, Ohio Cancer Cluster. RRC is working to raise
funds to help the children and their families and also provide them with
some fun this summer.
“We want to help them take
a break from all the medical treatment and worry and simply be kids and
have fun,” said RRC Founder Jim Burkett.
On Saturday at Fremont, Chase
Berger will be on the pit crew for 410 sprint driver Lee Jacob’s Hammer
Motorsports team while Tanner Hisey will be a member of 410 sprint driver
David Harrison’s Crown Battery team. Tyler Smith will be among the crew
for 410 sprint driver Mike Linder’s crew with Austin Caster on the crew
for 410 driver Byron Reed’s Reebar Diecasting team. Bubba Andrews, a Clyde
High School graduate, will be on the crew for 305 sprint driver and Clyde
school teacher Matt Merrill’s Cash Cow team.
“We know the racing community
will put their collective arms around these courageous children and show
them love and support. The Racers Racing for the Cure has raised – thanks
to the generosity of the area fans and raced teams – over $28,000 in just
two years to help cancer causes. There is not one race fan who hasn’t been
impacted by this disease, whether it’s a family member of friend, we all
know someone who has fought and in many instances beat back cancer. With
all of our continued support great strides are made in the treatment and
cure of cancer and we must continue that fight,” said Brian Liskai, Public
Relations Director for Fremont Speedway.
RRC was founded in 2008 in
honor and memory of Alex Burkett who fought a long, hard battle against
pancreatic cancer. It was Alex’s wish to begin this foundation to help
find a cure for cancer and to help other families who suffered from this
disease. Alex was a long-time sponsor of racing throughout the Midwest,
backing the All Star Circuit of Champions, Fremont Speedway and many local
racers. RRC is run by Alex’s family members and friends.
RRC has been selling racing
t-shirts throughout the summer to raise funds for their cause, and those
will be available Saturday at Fremont Speedway. The group will also sell
50/50 raffle tickets and tickets for a chance to win a refurbished 1991
Chevrolet Camaro. Tickets for the Camaro are $10 each and the drawing will
be held in July at Fremont Speedway.
“I can’t say enough about
the local businesses like Fort Ball Pizza Palace, R&R Auto, C&T
Exhaust, Nu-Wave Auto, Painters Supply, Expert Tire and Nu-Tire. When I
went to Rich Farmer (Fremont Speedway Promoter) he didn’t hesitate at all
and said ‘What can we do to help.’ The fans and race teams have been amazing
over the past three years and with their help I know we are making a difference
in the lives of families,” said Jim Burkett, Alex’s son.
On Sunday, May 16, the Third
Annual Alex Burkett Memorial Blood Drive will be held at the Sandusky County
Fairgrounds, home of Fremont Speedway. Local residents and race fans are
asked to donate blood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Elvis impersonator Walt Sanders
and his band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. as he accepts donations for
songs from the audience for RRC and admission to the show is a $5 donation
which includes barbeque beef and chicken sandwiches, potato and beverage.
There will be a 50/50 drawing and merchandise raffles.
“We’ve lead Sandusky County
in blood collections for a single event each of the past two years. Our
goal is at least 71 units of blood,” said Jim Burkett.
The RRC is planning other
events for the children in the Clyde Cancer Cluster throughout the summer
including the children spending a day with their local racing heroes at
St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital in Toledo and tentatively at Akron Children’s
Hospital. Benefits are also being planned at Fort Ball Pizza Palace and
Miller’s SuperValue in Clyde.
So come out and see three-time
All Star champion Dale Blaney, Byron Reed, Mike Linder, Craig Mintz, Brock
Mayes, Chris Andrews, Kevin Lee, Lee Jacobs and more do battle on “The
Track That Action Built” and support a great cause on Saturday. Gates open
at 4 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m.
For more information on RRC
contact Jim Burkett at Jimburkett@racersforthecure.com or call him at 419-463-0402.
For more information on Fremont Speedway go to www.fremontohspeedway.com