Jack Roush To Be Honored at Annual MIS/NASCAR Boy Scout Benefit Dinner BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Over the 13-year history of the MIS/NASCAR Boy Scout Benefit dinner, honorees have included a "Captain" and a "King", but 2004 will mark the year of the...
Jack Roush To Be Honored at Annual MIS/NASCAR Boy Scout Benefit Dinner
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Over the 13-year history of the MIS/NASCAR Boy Scout Benefit dinner, honorees have included a "Captain" and a "King", but 2004 will mark the year of the "Cat in a Hat", as Livonia, Michigan businessman and legendary car owner Jack Roush will be honored at the annual benefit to raise money for the Great Sauk Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The annual NASCAR/MIS Boy Scout Benefit dinner and auction will take place Friday, August 20, 2004, at Michigan International Speedway. Past events have combined to raise more than $994,000 for the Great Sauk Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The 2004 event honoring Roush will eclipse the million-dollar mark in money raised.
Jack Roush is no stranger to MIS, or its Gatorade Victory Lane, as his drivers have captured six overall NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series wins at MIS with three different drivers. Mark Martin has the most wins for Roush at MIS with four wins in 1990,1993,1997 and 1998. Matt Kenseth captured a win for Roush at MIS in 2002 and Kurt Busch captured Roush's most recent win at MIS in 2003.
Along with honoring Roush, typically several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series drivers attend the auction, which every year honors a special dignitary. Past honorees include Richard Petty, Bill France Jr., Roger Penske and Darrell Waltrip.
"It's certainly an honor to host one of the great owners of our sport at this year's event," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "From his engineering expertise, to the leadership of his NEXTEL Cup Series teams, Jack Roush's career accomplishments speak for themselves. We had some great honorees over the years and it's only appropriate to honor Jack as one of our sport's great personalities and someone that has great ties to the state of Michigan."
"We're proud to honor someone as well respected around the racing community such as Jack Roush," said Bob Poole, of the Great Sauk Trail of the Boy Scouts of America. "This year we expect to break the million-dollar mark in money raised and we couldn't have sustained the success of the event without the countless dedicated members of the local and racing community and the honorees that have taken the time to support the event."
Allen Bestwick, announcer for NBC/TNT NASCAR broadcasts, will once again serve as master of ceremonies. The highlight of the evening is an auction of donated items with NASCAR racing legend and NBC/TNT color commentator Benny Parsons as the auctioneer.
In addition to benefiting the Great Sauk Trail of the Boy Scouts of America, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Woman's Auxiliary of Motorsports.
For more information on how to purchase a table for the 2004 NASCAR/MIS Boy Scout Banquet, please call the Great Sauk Trail of the Boy Scouts of America at 734-971-7100.
Through the fundraiser, an endowment fund has also been established, and two $10,000 scholarships have been awarded every year since 1997.
Only a few tickets remain for the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on August 22. Great seats still remain for the Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on August 21 and AAA Pole Day qualifying on August 20. As many as 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete in the Cabela's 250. Rusty Wallace's is expected to make his first Busch Series race since 1997, along with Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Robby Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray. To purchase tickets, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.