From meeting different drivers to participating in NASCAR-themed activities, we added another successful Speediatrics Fun Day Festival to the books. For the second year in a row, The NASCAR Foundation partnered with Michigan International Speedway to continue our mission of empowering kids to maintain active and healthy lifestyles.
To help us host a fun day for the kids, we had volunteers from community groups, such as Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Habitat for Humanity and the Lions Club, join us at the track bright and early on Friday morning.
Alongside our volunteers, we also had a handful of drivers participate with the kids throughout the event, including NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series drivers Ross Chastain, Bayley Currey, Natalie Decker, Tyler Ankrum, Anthony Alfredo, Gus Dean, Tyler Dippel and Spencer Boyd.
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After the kids arrived, we kicked off the morning with warm-up exercises, like jumping jacks and stretching, which then led into our main event. The kids and drivers participated in five different rounds of activities, including the classic Pit Stop Challenge, Gas Can Relay, Goodyear Tire Race, Pinewood Derby and Looking for Lug Nuts.
From Natalie Decker running and competing with the kids during the tire race to Ross Chastain putting his watermelon-themed pinewood derby car to the test, the children were able to watch their heroes be active and understand the importance of being healthy.
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At the end of the event, we were able to catch up with our friends Stacy and her two kids, Austin and Callie. This sibling duo was smiling from ear to ear after having such a fun morning at our Speediatrics Fun Day Festival. Austin and Callie’s favorite activities are the pinewood derby and gas can relay respectively. Stacy was just as happy to watch her kids enjoy the event and participate in the fast-paced activities for a second time this year.
"We just got done enjoying another really fun Speediatrics event," Stacy said after the event. "Probably my favorite part was watching Callie roll the Goodyear tires and watching Austin do the lug nut challenge."
With only one Speediatrics Fun Day Festival left this year at Martinsville, we want to share how grateful we are for the support from our volunteers and drivers. These impactful events would not be possible without their time, support and dedication.
"I volunteer with The NASCAR Foundation to give kids the chance to get out, be active, have a lot of fun, meet new friends and have a great day," said Derek with Camp Catch-A-Rainbow.
Be sure to click here to see all the fun we had on Friday!