NORTH SOUTH SHOOTOUT
'JOHN BLEWETT III MEMORIAL'
This week, C&C Racing Promotions, with the consent of the Blewett
Family, formally announced that the North-South Shootout (TM) will
be run annually as a tribute to John Blewett III. The race now will
be perpetually known as the John Blewett III Memorial North-South
It immediately became clear to the promoters of the North-South
Shootout™ after the tragic and untimely death of Blewett at Thompson
Speedway on August 16, 2007 that something meaningful needed to be
done in his honor.
“It is important that we keep his memory alive,” said promoter
Charles Kepley. “And in a way that is deserving of the man and of
the racer that he was. All of us at C&C Racing Promotions will work
hard to ensure that the Shootout is that fitting tribute from now
A number of observances are being planned for the weekend of
November 2-3, 2007 to celebrate the life of the two-time Shootout
champion including poignant pre-race ceremonies, a special edition
souvenir program, and many more. North-South Shootout™ apparel
already carries the special dedication.
Mike Norman, owner of DMC Auto Exchange, has named the John W.
Blewett Scholarship Fund as the beneficiary of this year’s DMC Auto
Exchange Charity Challenge at the fifth annual North-South Shootout
™. All competitors competing at this year’s Shootout will have the
opportunity to purchase "DMC Auto Exchange Charity Challenge" decals
for $10 each. The proceeds from the decal sales will go directly to
the scholarship fund. DMC Auto Exchange guarantees a minimum
donation of $500. A random drawing then will be held at the halfway
marker of both the Modified 100 and the SK-Type Modified 50. Any
competitor who has purchased and displayed a decal will be eligible
to win one of the two $400 bonuses put up by DMC Auto Exchange.
“We had hoped to be able to do this,” said Kepley, “because we were
so proud of John and his accomplishments and honored by his level of
commitment to our friendship and to this race. But we wanted to be
respectful to John’s family and to the Wall Stadium racing family.”
Kepley’s idea was very well received by everyone, making the
decision to proceed with the John Blewett III Memorial a simple one.
When Kepley announced plans for the inaugural North-South Shootout™
back in 2003, John immediately became an advocate of the race. His
support helped bring immediate credibility to an unproven event. The
memorable battle between John and Jerry Marquis at the end of the
first-ever Shootout helped cement the event in the hearts and minds
of racers and fans both North and South of the Mason Dixon.
JBIII proudly wore his North-South Shootout™ champion’s helmet in
Whelen Modified Tour races and at Wall Speedway. That helmet could
be seen clearly from the cockpit of the TQ Midget that he raced at
Atlantic City back in January and in the Supermodified that he ran
so valiantly during his debut at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio
These small gestures that came so naturally without even a second
thought to John, were the things that made such a big difference to
people like Kepley and his staff. It was these genuine acts of
kindness that made John such a likeable person.
“Unfortunately, John will never know what he meant to me,”
continued an emotional Kepley. “I hope somehow the North-South
Shootout will honor my friend.”
Since his death, so many wonderful things have been said about
John-as family member and as a friend. Countless laps of
bench-racing have been run with stories of a talented and hard-nosed
racer. It is the goal of C&C Racing that everyone who knew and
admired John Blewett III will continue with those sentiments and
stories for years to come-not only in November but with each passing
day of the racing season and beyond.
For more information on the John Blewett III Memorial North-South
Shootout™ featuring the East-West Supermodified Shootout ™, log on
Source Dale Wolbrink/North-South
September 29, 2007