Selinsgrove Speedway Fans Contribute 3,000 To National Disaster Relief Fund SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Following a stirring tribute to the victims and families of this past week's terrorism attacks on the United States of America, Selinsgrove Speedway...
Selinsgrove Speedway Fans Contribute 3,000 To National Disaster Relief Fund
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Following a stirring tribute to the victims and families of this past week's terrorism attacks on the United States of America, Selinsgrove Speedway fans contributed nearly $3,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund during Saturday's Sprint Car Open.
Speedway promoters Earl Zechman and Charlie Paige presented a check in the amount of $3,000 today to representatives of the SUN Air Communications Group of Selinsgrove, which consists of the Big Country Radio Network and affiliate WFYY Radio, who were coordinating a larger relief fund drive in the Susquehanna Valley.
"We received so much positive feedback on Saturday's show," said Paige. "The racing was some of the best we saw all year and the tribute to the national disaster was a memorable one. We want to thank everyone for their support this season."
"We would have been ecstatic to raise $5,000," said station general manager Scott Richards. "With this contribution from the fans at Selinsgrove Speedway, our total relief fund drive for the American Red Cross will be pushing $50,000."
During Saturday evening's candlelight intermission at the track, Pastor Larry Leland of Christ United Methodist Church of Selinsgrove led the large crowd in prayer and a moment of silence for the fallen victims. Young singing sensation Jacquelee Rose of Milton brought the fans to cheers during her rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner," while Amanda Varner and Meghan D'Angelo of Selinsgrove sang "God Bless America."
Prior to the start of the main events, the Sprint Car drivers saluted the fans and America with a four-abreast parade lap, while red, white and blue balloons were released as an homage to those who perished in the nation's worst terrorist attack.
The 19th Annual Alexander Family Dealerships Open on Saturday concluded the speedway's Sprint Car racing season. Selinsgrove Raceway Park, located in the infield of Selinsgrove Speedway, will continue racing go karts and micro sprints on Friday evenings through mid-October.