By admin | April 28, 2011
By Richard Allen
Sometimes, NASCAR drivers are portrayed as spoiled rich boys who have so much money they get to live extraordinary lives. Certainly, they live better lives than most of us but they are capable of doing good deeds. Many of those good deeds go without much publicity out of respect for the recipients or just because the media would rather talk about bad things than good.
Races like the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at the Richmond International Raceway prove that drivers can do good deeds. The event uses its proceeds to benefit charitable organizations. As one example, Hamlin announced before the start of the race that 10% of the money would be used to help tornado victims of earlier in the week.
More than just showing that drivers can do good things and benefiting worthwhile charities, races such as this and Tony Stewartâ€™s â€˜Prelude to the Dreamâ€™ at his Eldora Speedway expose different forms of racing to fans who may otherwise only watch the top three levels of NASCAR.
The Denny Hamlin event exposed people to asphalt short track racing the likes of which takes place on a weekly basis at a number of tracks all over the country. And more, because of a rain delay the Speed network aired most of the K&N Pro Filters East race. So in reality, two new forms of racing were shown to a national audience.
Stewartâ€™s dirt late model charity race, which is aired on a pay per view basis, again exposes a form of racing not known to nearly as many people as know NASCAR.
Many fans will watch races such as the Hamlin and Stewart events because of the star power of Sprint Cup drivers being involved. As a result, they may find that they like what they have seen and might venture out to a local track to take in the action.
All in all, these type events can help a lot of people. While the benefits to charities are what come most readily to mind, that is not the only good to come from races such as this. Drivers get to show a more human side. Types of racing that may lie just outside the mainstream get exposure to bigger audiences and everybody has some fun.
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