SpeedwayEXPO RECOGNIZED FOR
While things have been progressing behind the scenes
for the 2nd Annual SpeedwayEXPO, some of its team members have been very
much in the limelight lately. Dick Berggren recently was honored with
the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award and SpeedwayEXPO itself was recognized by
Against Cancer™ for its involvement with the program in 2007.
On October 12, Berggren received the Bobby Isaac Award during
pre-race ceremonies for the Busch Series race at Lowe’s. The award is
presented annually by Lowe’s Motor Speedway to an individual in
recognition of outstanding contribution to short-track racing.
“Much like Isaac, [Berggren] possesses a strong passion for
short-track racing,” said President and General Manager, Humpy Wheeler,
“and fortunately [he] has been willing to share that passion with race
fans around the world through [his] work as a writer, editor and
broadcaster. [His] dedication to the local racer and promoter has never
waned, and the industry is much stronger for it.”
The Bobby Isaac Award dates back 30 years and past winners
include Chris Economaki, Dick Trickle, Hugh Deery, Tommy Houston, Jack
Ingram and others.
Then, on November 10, Cal Green, Director of SpeedwayEXPO
Sales, accepted an award on behalf of Speedway Illustrated, the racing
magazine that produces EXPO, from Racing Against Cancer™. R.A.C.’s ’07
fund-raising kicked off on a high note when more than $1,766 was raised
at the display provided by SpeedwayEXPO last March. At the ceremony,
Dick Cyr, founder of David’s House, a haven for terminally ill children
receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center, a beneficiary of the R.A.C. Program, called the racing
community “the most generous and most caring people [he] had ever worked
To help boost the organization’s efforts, SpeedwayEXPO had named R.A.C.
the beneficiary of a rather unorthodox fund-raiser. The “Anger
Management” charity event gave fans and competitors—who may have seen
things differently at the race track a time or two—the opportunity to
“pay back” a group of good-natured track officials. For a $5 donation,
participants got the opportunity to sink the officials in a dunk tank at
the show. Corey Boudreau of Seekonk Speedway; Andy Christmas from
Monadnock Speedway; Mike Parks of Twin State Speedway and Mike Scrivani
of the Northeastern Midget Association each took a turn in the tank and
raised hundreds of dollars for R.A.C.
With activities like “Spin to Win” for prizes such as
T-shirts, M&Ms candy, buffet meals at Foxwoods Resort Casino,
subscriptions to Speedway Illustrated and other items, as well as a
raffle for two go-karts courtesy of General Electric, the R.A.C. Team
raised a further $1,250 through the generosity of EXPO fans.
SpeedwayEXPO is looking forward to working with the Racing
Against Cancer Team again in 2008, and is looking for volunteers or
nominations for the Anger Management event. Replies can reach the EXPO
staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entire staff of SpeedwayEXPO shares in the excitement of
these two great honors. The sense of pride that each has instilled will
reinforce the team as they continue to build the 2nd Annual
SpeedwayEXPO. The racing community is invited to follow the show’s
progress online at www.speedwayexpo.com.
Source: Dale Wolbrink/Wall
December 2, 2007