BUSCH: Diamond Ridge Motorsports Help Hospital

FORT WORTH, Texas, (March 27, 1999) - The luxury boxes sitting atop Texas Motor Speedway's grandstands are usually reserved for the likes of sponsors and other corporate VIPs. But yesterday in the Diamond Ridge Motorsports...

FORT WORTH, Texas, (March 27, 1999) - The luxury boxes sitting atop Texas Motor Speedway's grandstands are usually reserved for the likes of sponsors and other corporate VIPs. But yesterday in the Diamond Ridge Motorsports suite of Gary Bechtel, another group of VIPs took in the action as NASCAR's finest lapped the 1.5-mile oval. Approximately 30 special needs children from Cook's Children's Hospital, along with their families, enjoyed a bird's eye view of first round qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Primestar 500, and practice for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Coca-Cola 300. "This was a real treat for them," said Melanie Duwe, an advanced practice nurse of 20 years. "It's something they don't normally get to do. They loved it and really responded to it. "A family that's been devastated by a chronic illness - their finances can get virtually wiped out," continued Duwe. "Normally, doing something like this is totally out of the question. But thanks to Gary's generosity, families were able to enjoy yesterday's events together." A certified board member of the American Cancer Society and the Nurse Executive Committee of the Fort Worth American Cancer Society, Duwe coordinated the children's day at the races. "In comparison to what people like Melanie do on a regular basis, what we do at the race track seems pretty trivial," said Bechtel, owner of the No. 4 Lance Snacks Chevrolet of Busch Series driver Jeff Purvis. "I'm just glad we could help out, because the kids and their families really had a good time. "Sometimes we get caught up in the moment of qualifying our car and then running well in the race. Sure it's important, because that's what we do and that's why we're here in Texas, but there's a lot more to life. Yesterday was a pretty good example of that."

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