MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION AND JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM UP FOR SHANE HUFFMAN'S NASCAR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT IN ST. LOUIS MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2006) -- This weekend's NASCAR Busch Series event at Gateway International Raceway will mark the debut of...
MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION AND JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM UP FOR SHANE HUFFMAN'S NASCAR BUSCH SERIES DEBUT IN ST. LOUIS
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2006) -- This weekend's NASCAR Busch Series event at Gateway International Raceway will mark the debut of the JR Motorsports No. 83 Chevrolet, driven by Shane Huffman.
The event is the first time that the Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned JR Motorsports team will field two cars in the same Busch Series event and is the beginning of Huffman's career as a driver in one of NASCAR's premier series. Four other events are planned for 2006 before the No. 83 team competes full time in 2007.
The event holds a more special meaning for Earnhardt Jr. however, as the No. 83 Chevrolet carries the Make A Wish Foundation into its Busch Series debut as well.
"One of the best things I do at the track is meet the kids through Make A Wish," Earnhardt Jr. stated. "Once I met that first child, I wanted to do anything I could to make sure all of the children get their wishes granted. We got together with Make A Wish a few years ago and started the Dale Jr. Sports Celebrity Auction to help with funding to make those wishes come true.
"Each year it grows. The first year we threw my boat on Ebay. Last year, we had Emmit Smith, coach Roy Williams and others coming together to help out. This year, we've done a one-off chopper with The Cycle Exchange; Tony Stewart and a bunch others are coming to help out and Shane's running a Busch car to remind everyone to mark their calendar to be there October 24th."
The challenge for Huffman in his debut is determining his primary focus for this weekend.
"It's a huge opportunity for me. This is the shot I've always wanted. You would think that all I could think about is starting my first Busch race for Jr. Motorsports and trying to impress the owner," said Huffman. "To be honest, knowing that I'm racing for Make A Wish and all of the kids and raising awareness for such a worthwhile cause, it sort of puts things into perspective. When you think of the kids and see how happy coming to the track can make them, it's like, 'Sorry Boss, bigger name on the other line.'"
The Boss, as Huffman puts it, and his team's efforts have not gone unnoticed according to Amy Laws, NASCAR Wish Manager for Make A Wish.
"Make A Wish is deeply grateful for our relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jr. Motorsports and the continued support of our organization over the years. Not only has he granted wishes of very special children from across the country, but also dedicates himself and his company to generating funds that help wishes of children in his local community come true."