Dust flew, as modified, souped-up, speeding lawn mowers raced around the dirt track at Cyclone Speedway, in Bennettsville, S.C.
Rex Crouch and his family team of mower racing enthusiasts, Crouch Mower Sports, hosted a lawn mower race benefiting the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation on June 4. The event netted $5,500, which has all been donated to the Foundation, in honor of Crouch’s daughter, Taylor.
Taylor has had a painful year, since she was diagnosed with JRA, and her family hopes that bringing awareness to the cause will one day help improve the treatment options available to youngsters like Taylor.
The top three winners of each competing class are as follows - Adult Stock winners: Charles Ford; Robert Rattaldt; Andy Thompson. Ungoverned Single: Andy Clabough; Douglas Bailey; Charles Stephenson. Kids Class: Riley English; Andrew Faircloth; Keith “little man” Gerald. Sportsman: Rex Crouch; Drew Terry; Chris Poole. Mod X: Russel Crouch; Charles Ford; Johnny Chappel. Pro X: Kevin Nipper; Rex Crouch, Jr.; Leo Poole. Ungoverned Twin: Eric Perez; Taylor Murner; Curtis Sylvester. 40 Plus: David Poole; Rex Crouch, Sr.; Jim Brown. Super Sportsman: Russel Crouch; Jim Brown; Drew Terry. Super Modified Twin: Ronnie McClain and Eric Perez.
There were cash prizes in every category, ranging from $50 to $500.
“This is the first fundraiser we’ve ever held at the track, but it was a huge success,” said Stephanie Barnes, assistant manager. “There were over 300 people there - I’ve never seen so many people at the track at once.”
The event was sponsored by: Sport Cycles; Pee Dee Electric; Jeff and Jill Vuncannon; Ford’s Bluegrass Mill; NAPA Auto Parts; Carolina Farm Credit; Coldwell Banker; Phatboy Paint and Body; Hanson; Piedmont Lift Truck Service; B&B; Raines Hauling; Pankey and Son Hauling; Monroe’s Small Engine; Hugh’s Welding; Jimmy Covington; Little Bo Steakhouse; Henry and Melinda Carrie; Janice and Bill Maple; and Ellerbe Lions Club.
“The prizes were made possible by sponsors, but there were so many more people who donated money to the cause and time to the event,” said Crouch. “I’m so grateful to everyone who pitched in to make this possible. The event wasn’t just to benefit Taylor. Everything we raised that day was for the Foundation, we hope to help other children like our daughter.”
“I’m also thankful to Cyclone Speedway for letting us do this at their track,” said Crouch. “The whole day went off without a hitch, and everyone who came had a great time.”
Staff writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com