EM TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
SCHEDULED FOR THOMPSON WORLD SERIES
To Benefit Sonny
“King” Richards Memorial
On Friday, October 16, 2009, at 8PM, the friends of Sonny “The King”
Richards will host the first-ever Texas Hold’ Em Poker Tournament at the
Raceway Golf Club Restaurant on the grounds of Thompson International
Speedway during the running of the World Series of Speedway Racing. There
will be a $40 buy-in with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Sonny
Richards “Education is King” Scholarship Fund. The payout will be determined
by the number of players. Prizes will be paid out to the top-three
Known to many as the “King”, Sonny Richards was a longtime
supporter of Modified racing and friend to the entire Motorsports community.
A fan since the days of the coupe, Sonny was a fixture at Modified races
throughout the decades. He began his love affair with the auto racing as a
journalist covering the sport for the Connecticut Daily News and later as
the field representative for Speedway Scene. Sonny passed away at his home
in Hartford, CT in July of 2001 after having enjoyed an action-packed
Modified race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The King was a man who gave so much of himself to others. The Sonny
“King” Richards Memorial was created by a group of his closest friends
shortly after his death to help ensure that his spirit lives on. Tributes to
Sonny include a memorial award and the Scholarship fund.
Any active participant in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour or their
families actively enrolled in a collegiate program is eligible to receive
the “Education is King” Sonny Richards Memorial Scholarship. Past recipients
of scholarship include Megan Clifford and Kelly Coby-Silk. Megan and her
parents remain active in the racing community today. Kelly, along with her
husband Ronnie Silk and brother Doug Coby, are among the new generation of
the Modified Tour. Anyone interested in the “Education is King” Sonny
Richards Memorial Scholarship should contact Dale Wolbrink at (508) 847-0565
or firstname.lastname@example.org for
Proceeds from the Texas Hold’ Em Poker Tournament will help to
support the educational aspirations of another member of the racing
community. Noted journalist and avid Poker player Shawn Courchesne of the
Hartford Courant has agreed to organize the tournament.
Tickets are available for the Texas Hold’ Em Poker Tournament by
email@example.com or by calling (508) 847-0565.
Also, during the weekend, a member of the Modified Tour Racing
community will walk away with the 9th Annual Sonny Richards Memorial Award.
Each year as part of the ongoing tribute to the late Richards, the memorial
award is presented to the owner, driver, crewmember, or official deemed by
the media as the best representative of the Whelen Modified Tour. Some truly
outstanding people have won this special recognition including Art Barry,
Tony Ferrante, Sr., Ralph Solhem, Tom Baldwin, Sr., Jerry Marquis, Howie &
Mary Hodge, Mark Mockovak, and Bill Brice.
The World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson is one of the most
fun and unique race events of the season. The friends of Sonny Richards are
proud to be a part of the festivities.
Source: Russ Dowd
/ Thompson International Speedway