RACERS AND FANS DONATE NEARLY $2,500 TO CHRIS JAMES FOUNDATION
Redneck Racing Series Driver Jim Cook Wins Concord Motorsport Park Event
Every race fan out there knows the sport of racing is like one big family. When someone is in need, the racing community steps up in a big way. The fans and competitors at Concord Motorsport Park stepped up big time on Saturday night. During the evening, drivers in the Redneck Racing Series, along with Concord Track Chaplin Buddy Compton, walked through the crowd with their helmets and collected nearly $1,700 in donations for the Chris James Foundation. That total was then aided by an additional $200 that was presented to the foundation by Concord Motorsport Park.
town that night over at the big track (Lowe’s Motor Speedway), there weren’t a lot of people in the stands, but those that were there were really touched by James’ accident and they gave with their hearts. On top of that, to have the track work with us so well and forgo some of their regular duties to help us raise money was amazing. We can’t thank them enough.”
At the end of the night, it all came back to racing, though, as a season-high 19 Redneck Racers showed up at the half-mile tri-oval for the third event of the season.
A random draw determined the starting order, putting Kenneth Deese and his 1955 Chevy called “The Big Show” on the pole. Deese led for a couple of circuits before Brian Spivey’s “Redneck Medic” took over the top spot. Several fast cars that started farther back were on the charge, including “The Big Shot” and Jeremy Troiano in the “Area 51.”
In the end, the race came down to Cook, Troiano and “Chowderhead,” Dale Earnhardt Incorporated’s Redneck Racing Series ride driven by Dave Knith. Troiano fell out while running third with transmission problems just seven laps from the end. That left the top duo to battle for the victory. Cook and Knith battled nose-to-tail to the end, with Cook coming out on top.
The Redneck Racing Series also competed at the half-mile on Saturday night, with Jim Cook in his number-00 entitled “The Big Shot” taking the victory.
The Chris James Foundation was set up for Redneck Racing Series driver Chris James following an accident on Wednesday night (May 24th) at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Injuries stemming from the non-racing incident required the amputation of both of James’ legs. James is a regular driver with the Redneck Racing Series and CRASHCar division at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He pilots the #38 “Rimer Rocket.”
“The generosity of the fans and competitors, along with the track itself, was just amazing,” said Bob Dillner, television commentator for SPEED Channel and fellow CRASHCar / Redneck Racing Series competitor, who drove James’ “Rimer Rocket” on Saturday night. “By now, most have heard about Chris and his story. With a big race in
“It’s been a long time since I won here,” said Cook, a Concord native and former full-time racer. “It feels good and it was a good, hard race. There are a lot of cars out here than can win and we were just the one to win tonight.”
Cook was one of several drivers in each division at Concord that evening that donated their winnings to the Chris James Foundation, which netted nearly $600 more dollars for the Foundation.
If you are interested in donating to the Chris James Foundation, you can do so through James’ employer, Adesa Impact. Donations to aid James and his family can be made to the foundation at:
Chris James Foundation
c/o Adesa Impact
5100 Merle Rd.
Concord, NC 28025
The Redneck Racing Series will return to action on June 10th with an event at Florence Motor Speedway in Timmonsville, SC. The series will also have a race the following weekend at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, North Carolina. Both events are support shows for the PASS South Super Late Model Series.
For more information regarding the Chris James Foundation, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051. For more information on the Redneck Racing Series, contact Amy Hayes at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051.
Every Redneck Racer had a "Get Well Soon" message for James at Concord (51 Photos).