On May 15, Tina Stephens became the first woman to win a race on the new Gresham Motorsports Park oval.
Now she's competing in a much bigger race.
Stephens will be participating in the Susan G. Komen For The Cure three-day walk later this year. For Stephens - a regular competitor in the GMP Outlaw Late Model division - the fundraising effort to find a cure for breast cancer in both women and men is personally motivated.
"Finding a cure for breast cancer is very close to my heart for several reasons," Stephens stated. "I have formed a team "Pink 4 Peggy" in memory of my mother - Peggy Brown - who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002. Seeing the struggles that my mother went through has impacted my life tremendously and I want to do anything I can to help anyone not go thru what she did."
Stephens' Susan G. Komen team currently consists of 13 members and to date they have raised nearly $15,000. Each team member will need to raise a minimum of $2300 to participate in the three-day walkathon. That means Stephens and her 'Pink For Peggy' team will have to raise a total of $29,900 for all to participate in the October event in Atlanta.
"Our first fundraiser was in May - the First-Annual Hope For A Cure Beauty Pageant," Stephens stated. "We had 45 contestants enter and raised over $8,000 for Susan G. Komen. It meant the world to me to have the children involved and to put forth the dedication to raise money to end breast cancer. The pageant was very successful and we plan to do it again next year.
"Our second fundraiser is a dinner boat cruise on Lake Lanier on Saturday, June 26 which includes your dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction," Stephens continued. One-hundred percent of these proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen as well. The tickets are $50 per person and we plan to sale 140 tickets."
Stephens' story was so compelling the Gresham Motorsports Park decided to partner with her in the Susan G. Komen effort. Over the coming months, Stephens will have a display of Susan G. Komen items at select races where fans can contribute to the effort. Additionally, GMP has donated select items - such as four tickets to the World Crown 300 this November - for the Lake Lanier silent auction on Saturday, June 26.
"Just about anyone you know has lost a family member to cancer," said GMP General Manager Dan Elliott. "I've lost a family member to it. I know what Tina went through. Sure, Tina is a competitor here, but it goes way beyond that. To put together any effort with her for this makes me so proud. Anything you can do for this cause makes you feel good. To be able to help is special. It's all about helping people and since day one, that's what Gresham Motorsports Park has been all about."
Stephens and her 'Pink For Peggy' team will walk 60 miles over three days with thousands of other women and men in October. According to Stephens, net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.
"The walking part is easy for me as I have been training for a long time," said Stephens. "Raising the money is the hardest part of all, but it is so worth it."
Fans wishing to contribute to Stephens' Susan G. Komen fundraising effort can do so by clicking here.
Stephens, her Outlaw Late Model and Susan G. Komen team members will be on hand for the next Gresham Motorsports Park event - a Saturday, June 19 Father's Day Speedtacular.
The event - where all Dads will be admitted free when a family member purchases a $20 main grandstand or trackside parking general admission ticket - will be highlighted by a 100-lap Super Late Model main event. Other feature races that evening will be contested in the Outlaw Late Model, Renegade Street Stock, Truck and Mini-Stock divisions while the always popular Mini Cup Stock Cars will make their first appearance at GMP this season.
Meanwhile, Direct Tools Outlet from Tanger Outlet in Commerce, GA will be on hand to give out hundreds of dollars in tool prizes to lucky Dads. Dads are also encouraged to sign up for the Funopolis FanTastic Challenge where they can race a Funopolis go kart on the GMP track for prizes and trophies.
Opening ceremonies get underway at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
Adult Grandstand and Trackside General Admission Tickets for the June 19 Father's Day speedtacular are just $20, Seniors (55 and older) and Active Military Personnel are $18 while Children 6-12 are $10. Children 5 and under will be admitted free and, as always, general parking is free.
Tickets are available at the Gresham Motorsports Park track ticket office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Visa, Master Card and Discover Card are accepted.
A limited number of Trackside Car, Pick-Up Truck and Van Parking Spaces (no oversize vehicles) are available on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, June 19 show for $25 per vehicle.
Spectator and Trackside Gates open at 2 p.m.
Gresham Motorsports Park is located right off I-85 at Exit 140, next to the Jackson County Airport In Jefferson. GA.
For more information about Gresham Motorsports Park, please log on to www.GreshamMotorsportsPark.com.