Battle of the NASCAR Kids

The first ever Battle of the NASCAR Kids Charity Video Game Tournament, racing the new NASCAR Unleashed video game at Homestead Miami Speedway, resulted in Ryan Blaney taking the trophy.  

Faith Yeley, Sebastian Montoya, Carson Kvapil, Todd Gilliland and Ryan Blaney were featured along with two random wild card selections from the crowd and child representative from the Boys and Girls Club, Esmeralda.  Each child was surrounded by tons of friends and family cheering for them.

Each NASCAR child was competing for a purpose, as each received a $5,000 donation made to their charity of choice.  J.J. Yeley’s daughter Faith competed for the Jake Raborn Foundation, Juan Pablo Montoya’s son Sebastian competed for Formula Smiles, Travis Kvapil’s son Carson competed for NASCAR Dreams, David Gilliland’s son Todd competed for Sherrills Ford Optimist Park and David Blaney’s son Ryan competed for Alzheimer’s Association.  

We are very thankful the weather held out for this event.  On Friday, the sky opened up with severe weather causing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions to be rescheduled for Saturday morning.  On Saturday morning while the dad’s were on-track, the families banded together even more to support all the children.  Even the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s piled on golf carts to come cheer on their grandchildren – and even help them “warm up” by competing against them during the video game practice sessions.  This was truly a family affair.  

A big thank you to Activision for their ongoing mission to support charities, worldwide.  Being able to create an event to empower kids to make a difference is simply outstanding.  We look forward to a bigger and better event next year!

Janet Bolin


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