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05/17/2013


CARQUEST CHAMPIONS FOR CHARITIES DRIVER SPOTLIGHT:
RANDY CABRAL

Stafford Motor Speedway has lined up an impressive field of current and former open wheel champions for its 3rd Annual CARQUEST Champions For Charities Event, which will take place on Friday, June 28th this season. During the coming weeks, SMS will offer a profile on each of its championship winning drivers and the charity they will be racing for and this week's CARQUEST Champions For Charities spotlights falls on 3-time NEMA Midget Champion (2008, 2008, 2011) Randy Cabral, who will be racing to help support The Spalding Foundation.

"We're working on some things for fundraising," said Cabral. "We're working on some raffle items and maybe we'll do some 50/50 stuff at the track and then see who we can get to make online donations. I was real good friends with Shane Hammond and this year would have been his 5th year anniversary racing, so it's been a bit of a tough start to the season for me. He was a great friend and he is still missed to his day, so it's nice to be able to work with the Spalding Foundation to reach out and help those who have gone through similar circumstances. I was able to meet with them last year at Stafford and they're great people to be associated with. It's an awesome situation, I love doing the charity stuff, and it's going to be a good time, I can't wait."

This year's edition of CARQUEST Champions For Charities will be Cabral's third time behind the wheel of a Senior Outlaw Wild Thing Kart. Cabral has finished 10th and 11th in the first two races and he is looking forward to putting his experience to good use and come away with a good finish in this year's race.

"I feel pretty good about my chances," said Cabral. "I've had great times in the past and it's been a lot of fun to work with. It'll be a lot easier for me this year since the race is on a Friday night and we'll be racing the NEMA car on Saturday, but I just found out that that Friday will be my last day of work because we've had so many snow days this year, so I'll have to jump out of work and head right to Stafford. I might have to miss practice, but I'll definitely be there for everything else."

After Cabral takes part in the Champions For Charities race on Friday night, he will be a busy driver the following night for CARQUEST Super Saturday as he will be racing the NEMA, NEMA Lite, and Pro-4 Modified feature events.

"I'll be running the NEMA, NEMA Lite, and Pro-4 Modified feature, so I'll have a busy Saturday," said Cabral. "We blew the engine up last year the car owner didn't have enough money to buy another motor, so I'm buying the lower end and he's giving me all the rest of the parts and pieces. I'd love to be able to drive a Super, but those rides are few and far between, but we'll be busy with the NEMA and Pro-4."

While Cabral will be busy ride hopping during CARQUEST Super Saturday, his bread and butter remains his NEMA Midget ride with Tim Bertrand. Cabral's teammate Todd Bertrand won the season opening NEMA Midget feature at Waterford, while Cabral came home in the third position. With two podium finishes, Cabral is looking for a repeat performance of the 2010 CARQUEST Super Saturday feature, which Cabral won.

"I think this year we're looking pretty good," said Cabral. "Between Todd and myself, we have good cars and things are going good. We'll see how Todd does in Indiana and hopefully we can keep going as good as we did in the first race with a win and a third. We've had good runs there in the past, but we seem to have bad luck. Last year, we were the fastest car in practice and then we crashed halfway through the race. We learned a lot last year, and we have a lot of new ideas, so I think we'll be in pretty good shape for the race."

The Spalding Foundation provides monetary support for drivers, crewmen, and racing officials who have sustained injuries in a race related accident at a NASCAR, dirt or local licensed track in New York State and around the United States.

In 1988, Rod Spalding was seriously injured while racing at Rougemont Speedway in North Carolina. Spalding was a well-known and popular driver at the Shangri-La Speedway, Owego (Tioga Motorsports Park), as well as a member of the NASCAR Modified division. Immediately following Spalding's accident in 1988, Betty Sherwood from Owego, NY organized an event that was held at Quinlan Park, Waverly where fans helped her raise more than $25,000. The following year Sherwood formed the Spalding Foundation and serves as president. Diane Crooker of Horseheads, NY and Pam Olenski of Maine, NY completes the three-member board. Since its formation in 1989, the Spalding Foundation has donated over $100,000 to more than 130 individuals and families.

The starting lineups for the CARQUEST Champions For Charities 15-lap feature will be determined by how much money each driver raises for their selected charity. The starting grid will be set with the drivers who have raised the most money starting up front. Fans are encouraged to get involved in the event by donating to their favorite driver or favorite charity. To make a donation to The Spalding Foundation on behalf of Randy Cabral, and for more information on the event, please refer to the CARQUEST Champions for Charities donation page located at www.staffordspeedway.com. Stay tuned to www.staffordspeedway.com for more driver spotlights and exciting information regarding the CARQUEST Champions for Charities event, which will take place on Friday, June 28.

For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.

  Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: May 17, 2013

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