(Yarmouth, Maine - September 24, 2003) Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold will be returning to NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series racing this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway. He'll be racing for a more important reason than race ...
(Yarmouth, Maine - September 24, 2003) Yarmouth, Maine's Bill Penfold will be returning to NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series racing this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway. He'll be racing for a more important reason than race winnings or championship points, though, as he'll be teaming up with Orange County Choppers to raise money for Taylor Wentink, a nine-year old girl who's suffering from a rare form of cancer.
"Doing anything for a child is a good cause," Penfold said. "We'll do anything we can do to help her and her family out."
Penfold first became aware of Taylor's plight when he attended Montgomery Day and bid on the chance to have his picture taken on board the OCC's "Fire Bike", which is customized to honor New York City fire fighters who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Penfold won in the bidding, but said it wasn't about the photo opportunity, it was about helping a sick young girl.
After this first meeting with Paul Tuttle, Sr. and Paul Tuttle, Jr. Penfold brought them the idea of OCC teaming up with his race team to raise more money for Taylor's family. The plan was met with enthusiasm and Penfold will race at Stafford Motor Speedway with OCC's logos on his Chevrolet's hood and the crew wearing OCC apparel. During Sunday morning's pit party, a donation jar will be a part of Penfold's display.
"We checked everything out with the Arutes, and they're letting us do all this," Penfold said. "I can't thank them enough for letting us do this."
In the weeks after the Stafford race, the Penfold Motorsports No. 0 VIP Charter Coach Chevrolet will be back to New York for another fund raiser for Taylor, with cameras from Discovery Channel and New York City news organizations being on hand to capture the moment. Taylor has been made an honorary member of the Penfold Motorsports team.
"She has the most gorgeous blue eyes you've ever seen," Penfold said. "She's putting up a courageous fight, and we'll do anything we can to help them out. I can't thank Orange County Cycles enough for letting me be a part of all this."
Helping Penfold race at Stafford is tire sponsorship from a group of campers who watch Penfold race every year from the Watkins Glen International's backstretch. They had given their money to help Penfold race at Dover International Speedway, but with that race cancelled last week, they'll take that sponsorship and run at Stafford this weekend.
"We just want to do something good for a little girl," Penfold said. "If we can accomplish that, we've had a good weekend at the races, and maybe we can do some more for them in the future."
For more information on Bill Penfold and his team, visit their website at www.penfoldmotorsports.com.