|Date: 6/6/2008 9:25:21 PM|
For Immediate Release:
From: Bruce Walls
First Annual Wayne Poole Memorial Race
/smaller>/fontfamily>/center>MONROE, N.C.-This year’s third round of the American Kart Racing Association’s (AKRA) American Speedway Championship Dirt Series Super National is also going to be the First Annual Dyno-Cams Wayne Poole Memorial Race. Proceeds from the June 28th event at Southern Pitt Speedway in Ayden, N.C. will be donated to Wayne’s mother Jeannie Poole to help fund a memorial scholarship and other projects she’s doing to help others in the name of her son.
Wayne, who lived in Archdale, N.C., began his eight-year karting career in 1994 as a Junior 1. He called two tracks home: Liberty Raceway in Liberty, N.C. and Coleridge Raceway in Coleridge, N.C. “I was race director when Wayne started in karting,” recalled AKRA owner Bill McCutcheon. “It was a joy watching him mature from a young child into a grown man. He always had a smile on his face and a joke in his back pocket. It’s an honor to hold this race and auction in his memory.”
During his career Wayne was a winner on and off the track. He was fiercely competitive on the track, but when racing was over he was everyone’s friend. Early on Beef Performance recognized his driving talents and began sponsoring him. “He earned his first national with Beef Performance in 1996,” Wayne’s mother Jeannie Poole recalled. Years later he left Beef Performance teaming up with Phantom Racing Chassis and Tod Miller Racing Engines. His #92 red kart was always a contender.
“Wayne and his family were a great example of what karting’s all about,” McCutcheon described. “Wayne was a great young man and a true champion.”
Wayne was driving his pickup November 29th, 2005 when he was involved in an accident. He died at the scene.
“I want to keep his memory alive for the younger generation of karters,” Jeannie said of her son. “He was great at the sport he loved so much and I loved doing it with him. His favorite class was Limited Lite and he always blew the doors off his competitors. Off the track he was always there to help people and he had a great attitude. Kart racing was wonderful for us. For us it was always about our family, our karting family.
“One of my fondest memories was the 2002 national at Jasper (Cross Roads Motorplex in Jasper, FL). Wayne won three poles that weekend and went on to win all three races from the pole,” she said.
Each year the Wayne Poole Memorial Scholarship awards $2,000 to held a deserving student continue their education. Last year’s award went to Steve Overby of Trinity, N.C. Steve is attending Western Carolina where he’s learning to be mechanic.
“It’s great to see Wayne’s family continue his legacy and we at AKRA have decided to be part of that legacy,” said AKRA Promotions Director Bobby Waltrip who’s leading the organization of this memorial event. “We are thankful to Mike Bordeaux of Dyno Cams for agreeing to be the lead sponsor.”
AKRA will be making periodic announcements prior to the race. Any one who wants to be involved as a sponsor or wants to donate to the Wayne Poole Memorial Fund can e-mail Bobby Waltrip at email@example.com/color>.
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