We  had someone new to root for at the Bank of America 500 this weekend.  #21 Woods Brothers Racing Ford driven by Bill Elliot. That's because the car's paint design was created by an 8 year old with type 1 diabetes. 

Jdrfpaintnascar This is part of a great contest by Ford Customer Service Division to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Children with type 1 colored in an outline of a car and submitted the design. After some fund-raising (which did not determine the outcome), they announced the winner: Carson Luther of Missouri.  You can read more about it here.

I won't pretend to be anything more than a casual NASCAR fan, and I love going to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the big races.

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It's an incredible scene and there is nothing like seeing, hearing and feeling 43 cars go all out right in front of you. What a spectacle.

They put on a great show leading up to the race. These are my lame cell phone pictures of just after the driver announcements (left).

 

 

 

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Then they clear all those people off the track and start the race. Look closely at this one, (right), those streaks are cars!


 

 

 

 

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Big thanks to everyone at Charlotte Motor Speedway for their support of JDRF.

This is CMS President and GM Marcus Smith. I had the chance to bend his ear for a few minutes Saturday night and we're going to cook up something locally for JDRF. 

As part of that official effort, I'm pushing for the chance to drive the #21 car around the track. What? I already drive my minivan that fast!