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Stafford Motor Speedway has lined up an impressive field of current and former open wheel champions for its 4th Annual Champions For Charities Event, which will take place on Friday, June 27th. During the coming weeks, Stafford Speedway will offer a profile on each of its championship winning drivers and the charity they will be racing for and this week’s Champions For Charities spotlights falls on 3-time NEMA Midget Champion (2008, 2008, 2011) Randy Cabral, who will be racing to help support The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation.

“Shane and I were pretty close and he lost his life in a racing accident in 2008,” said Cabral. “We were practically teammates and we worked together all the time. He helped me out with my car and we told him once he learned enough that we would help get him his own car. He and I put his car together in about a week and he went racing with it in two weeks’ time and he finished eighth the first time out with it at Waterford. He was quite the racecar driver and we had a good time together and we always had fun. I miss him every day, but you have to keep the memories alive and do the best you can.”

The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation is a non-profit company founded by Shane’s mom, Deb Marvuglio. The foundation’s goal is to preserve Shane’s spirit for racing education & safety. When Shane passed, Deb began asking questions about the safety of cars, drivers, tracks and found out there was room for improvement in many, many ways. She also found out that most drivers would rather buy tires than invest in their own safety. The foundation raises money through merchandise sales, fund raisers, and donations to help drivers with the expenses of safety equipment as funds permit. The foundation also provides a yearly driving school. The Shane Hammond Midget driving school teaches all aspects of driving a midget from suiting up, belting in and driving. The foundation relies on volunteers to help spread the word.

“With the cause of his accident possibly being not having the correct safety equipment in his car or not being able to afford the correct safety equipment, Shane’s mom, Deb Marvuglio, never wanted to see that happen again with any driver. There’s been a lot of drivers who have gotten hurt by not having the correct safety equipment in their cars so she created this foundation in Shane’s memory to help drivers out with safety equipment. They take in old donated equipment, they help buy safety equipment for drivers, and they do anything they can to help with driver safety.”

This year’s edition of Champions For Charities will be Cabral’s fourth consecutive time behind the wheel of a Senior Outlaw Wild Thing Kart. Cabral has finished 10th,11th, and 12th and he gave fans a thrilling moment in last year’s race after he ended up on the roof of his kart. Cabral is hoping to turn his fortunes around and be a contender for the checkered flag this season.

“I’m real excited and I can’t wait for the race, I’m really glad I got invited back for another try,” said Cabral. “Last year we ended up flipping the thing over on the last lap. We kept it exciting for the fans but I’m not sure the car owner liked it. Last year gave me a little more confidence in the kart and we came through the pack twice before we flipped. I’m hoping to get a good solid finish this time around.”

To support Randy Cabral in his fundraising efforts for the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation visit Stafford Speedway’s Champions for Charities page at staffordmotorspeedway.com. Also Stafford Speedway is selling the book Trackrat Memoir of a Fan, which explores the short track racing obsession through the eyes of Bob Englehart. All proceeds from the sales of books at Stafford Speedway will be donated to the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation.

The Champions for Charities event will take place around the Stafford Mini-Mile track for a 15-lap feature in Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw Karts during the Friday night race program on June 27th. For more information about the Champions for Charities event, please call the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783, or visit us on the web at staffordmotorspeedway.com.

Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway
Posted: June 12, 2014

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