SES: Drivers visit Greenville hospital

GREENVILLE, S. C. (May 4 2001) - When the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring competed at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on April 28, part of the weekend activities included a visit, on Friday afternoon, to the Shrine hospital in ...

GREENVILLE, S. C. (May 4 2001) - When the Gatorade All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring competed at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on April 28, part of the weekend activities included a visit, on Friday afternoon, to the Shrine hospital in Greenville.


From left to right.. Tom Blackwell, Promoter Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Randy Gentry, Ryan Crane, behind Ryan, Robert Nix, Director Shrine Staff, Road Ammons, In front. (left) Clayton Brewer, Florence, S.C., (right) Earline"Cici" McKay, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Photo: allprocars

Road Ammons, Acworth, Ga., Ryan Crane, Pendergrass, Ga., and Randy Gentry, Easley, S. C. visited with children at the hospital signing autographs, passing out Gatorade bottles and giving children and staff member autographed checkered flags.

"This is a wonderful project that Robert Nix sets up every year for our drivers," said Randy Gentry. "The Shriner's Hospital holds a special place in my heart because of what they do for children. Lending our support to this worthwhile project hopefully makes others happy."

"Greenville-Pickens Speedway has always been a wonderful supporter of our hospital," said Mr. Nix, Director of Shriner's Staff. In 2000, the speedway raised $77,000 for the hospital in their final race of the season which is the Shrine race and through the years the speedway has raised over $1,000,000."

"The final race of 2001,at the speedway, will again be the Shrine race but all future events will be named the Pete Blackwell Memorial Shrine race for our dear friend Pete who gave so much time and energy to this cause. Blackwell, co-promoter at Greenville-Pickens with his brother Tom, and a longtime Shriner in Greenville, passed away on May 11 2000.

-Bill Desomnd

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