Clinton, September 21, 2013 -- Clinton Raceway is getting set for its annual Charity Drivers Challenge on closing Day, Sunday, September 29 and this year’s event will have a different twist.
The Challenge usually pits the top four drivers from the WEG circuit against the top four reinsmen from Clinton. However, for the first time ever, the challenge date will conflict with the Grand Circuit races in Lexington, Kentucky, meaning most of WEG’s top drivers will be there competing.
Clinton management has opted to switch back to purely local challenge this year with the top eight dash-winning drivers – following this Sunday’s program – being invited to take part.
“It is too bad we had to change the format but, on the other hand, change is sometimes a good thing,” said Racing Manager Ian Fleming. “It also showcases our local guys who have been here all season and this year’s driving colony is one of the strongest we’ve ever had here.”
Today's race card is needed to determine the top eight, it's a battle right down to the wire. Top driver's, based on dash winning drives include, Billy Davis Jr., Trevor Henry, Anthony MacDonald, James MacDonald, Bob McClure, Bruce Richardson and Ryan Holliday. Currently J. Bradley Harris and Lorne House are tied for the 8th and final spot. "This could make for a little excitement and entertainment on today's race card" states Jessica Carnochan, Marketing Manager at Clinton Raceway. "We'll keep fans updated as the day progresses, both on track and through our social media outlets."
This year will mark the 33rd year that Clinton has hosted the Driver Challenge and the third time that it has been held as a fundraising effort for Childcan, an organization which supports families who are dealing with Childhood Cancer diagnosis.
In the past, the Challenge has raised more than $250,000 for local charities, local clubs and organizations.
“It just makes events like this that much more special when you get benefit a great cause at the same time and I can’t think of a better one than Childcan,” explained Fleming.
As part of the day’s activities there will be a Twoonie Auction, Silent Auction, Barbecue and Bake Sale with all proceeds going towards Childcan.
First post on closing day is 1:30 p.m. and for more information, visit www.clintonraceway.com.
by Jessica Carnochan for Clinton Raceway