2nd ANNUAL RICKY'S RACE TO BENEFIT DAVID'S
Dennis Fleury, owner of Twin State Speedway, Claremont, NH; Jack Bateman,
founder and president of the True Value Modified Racing Series, and New
England racing legend Donnie “The Golden Jet” Miller have jointly announced
plans for the second annual “Ricky Miller Memorial 100” modified stock car
race, Sunday Oct 4.
The fall event, the second of two True Value Modified races at Twin
State Speedway in 2009, will benefit David’s House, a home-away-from-home
that offers support for families with children receiving treatment through
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in New Hampshire.
David’s House is the dream of a young boy named David Cyr, who
passed away from leukemia in 1984 at the age of five. For three and a half
years, David was treated at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH.
Visiting David during his hospitalizations was easy for his parents who
lived only 20 minutes away. But during this time his family met others who
didn’t have that option; instead they slept in their cars, in the waiting
room, or in a chair at bedside to be close to their child.
One week after David passed away, his parents and their friends
began raising funds for David's House. The first money was David's own:
$300.78 in birthday money and his dad's spare change that David had stashed
away throughout the house. Whenever David’s dad asked him what he was saving
for, David always replied, "For a special reason, Dad." That special reason
has now served over 10,000 families from around the world!
Family spokesman Donnie Miller, with support from family and
friends, raised over $15,000 last fall benefiting the Victory Junction Gang
Camp. “Our family wanted to change it up this year and benefit a local
organization. We chose David’s House. It’s a wonderful organization that
does so much good for kids and their families. I know Ricky would be happy
with our choice.”
Miller stated that fans will have the opportunity to sponsor race
laps and participate in raffles and special drawings. “We will be announcing
some additional plans in the future,” said Miller.
This year’s race will also honor two popular racers that passed
away last season, Donnie Ayer and Kirby Monteith. Ayer served as an honorary
starter for last year’s race, battling cancer. Monteith died a few weeks in
advance of the event. Both drivers raced at the Claremont track for years
with much success.
“We know what their families are going through. We wanted to honor
them out of respect for them and their families. Losing a loved one is a
tough thing. Last years race helped us so much in dealing with our loss and
hopefully this event will help them deal with their loss.” said Miller.
Last years race was a very competitive event won by Pennsylvania
racer Matt Hirschman.
/ True Value Modified Racing Series