Dover Int'l Speedway news 2008-09-16

Over 500 supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend the Sept. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway DOVER, Del. -- What started as an opportunity for supporters of the National Fallen ...

Over 500 supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend the Sept. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway

DOVER, Del. -- What started as an opportunity for supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to attend a NASCAR event together has blossomed into a large gathering for one very worthy cause. Since being introduced earlier this summer, the partnership between the NFFF and Dover International Speedway has garnered much attention through a special offer that will attract over 500 people associated with the firefighting community.

Supporters of the NFFF are coming to Dover to enjoy race day on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 -- and to honor the nearly 100 firefighters who lose their lives each year in the line of duty. Every day, the over one-million firefighters around the country respond to calls to keep citizens safe. At the races in Dover, over 250 fire and EMS crews work to keep drivers, crews and all the fans in attendance out of harms way.

"The response has been overwhelming," said Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "The firefighting community is a very tight knit one, and we're proud that so many of those in the community have shown their support by taking advantage of this unique package."

The offer includes a ticket to the Sept. 21, 2008 "Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, admission to a pre-race, NFFF hospitality area, and a trackside tour of the Monster Mile. Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet, has volunteered his time and will participate in a special question-and-answer session in the NFFF hospitality tent on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21. As part of pre-race activities, a ceremonial lap around the track will feature several fire trucks carrying survivor families of loved ones lost in the line of duty in 2006.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of a special firefighter Miles the Monster t-shirt and substantial contributions from sponsors, including Holmatro, Volunteer Fireman's Insurance Services, Kidde Fire Fighting and PBI Performance Products, will make the donation of more than $27,000 possible.

Plans are currently being made to grow the program for next year's Sept. 27, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 19-21, 2008. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

-credit: doverspeedway

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton