The annual Kick-It-to-Cancer kickball game, raffle and auction that is held in conjunction with Lernerville Speedway’s Firecracker 100 has become a favorite event amongst racers and fans over the past five years. Not only is a great time had by all, but each year the charity event races money for a deserving charity.
For 2018 all proceeds that are raised will go to benefit the LUNGevity Foundation. It was chosen as the charity of choice for this year after former World Racing Group employee, Sandy Holt passed away on May 29, 2018 after a battle with a very rare form of cancer. Holt was the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series head scorer from 2005-2013. In addition, she and veteran series announcer, Rick Eshelman had been together for more than 13 years.
“We decided that with all Sandy has been through over the past few months, and all she has done for the series over the years, that we would donate all of the proceeds from the kickball tournament, raffle and silent auctions at the Firecracker 100 to a foundation in her memory,” said World of Outlaws Safety Director Tyler Bachman. “My wife Melissa and I presented the idea of donating to the LUNGevity Foundation. We thought that not only could World of Outlaws officials relate to this foundation, but also many people in the Dirt Late Model community.”
The LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease.
A special memorial for Holt will be held prior to the kickball game.
“Sandy was a loved member of the World Racing Group family from 2005 until mid-2013 and she remained part of the ‘friends and family’ group,” said Tracy McDaniels, Director of Human Resources for World Racing Group. “She is a known fixture in Late Model racing, especially throughout the Southeast. We know that it takes a special person to keep Rick Eshelman in line, and Sandy has done that for years. Anyone who knows the couple has seen their dedication to each other.”
The sixth annual Kick-It-to-Cancer Kickball game will be held on Saturday afternoon at the speedway. While racers fill out most of the teams, fans get the opportunity each year to donate money to play in the game. In addition, there will be raffle items and auctions. All funds raised will go to the LUNGevity Foundation.
The 12th annual Firecracker 100 for the WoO Craftsman Late Model Series will be held on Thursday-Friday, June 21-23 at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pennsylvania). It includes a pair of $6,000-to-win events on Thursday and Friday with a $30,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening.
For more information on the event, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.