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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Checkered Flag for Jeff Gordon

Hi everyone! We're happy to have Racegirl back this week with another great blog post. This week, she's got a heart-warming story about Jeff Gordon.  Enjoy!

One of my favorite reality television programs is "Extreme Make Over: Home Edition". This show stands out to me because of the positive emotional impacts it has on the people the show deals with each week. And ask any of my family members, friends or co-workers—I can get a little emotional at times. So it’s no wonder I am drawn to a show that shares the emotions of the crew on the show, as well as the families they help.

This past Sunday, the show had a special guest ‘helper’—four time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon! I have always admired his driving abilities on the various Sprint Cup tracks, and after watching the television show, I saw a softer side of Jeff Gordon!
They built an amazing house for this special family. One of the bedrooms even had a custom painted front of a NASCAR stock car complete with a driver's seat and steering wheel. A flat screen television was installed in the car's front windshield area complete with the NASCAR video game. Above the car was the upper tier of a bunk bed.  How awesome is that?

Not only did Jeff Gordon help in building the family a remarkable new home, Jeff arranged for this family to extend their vacation at the Daytona International Raceway.  The family was given a very exclusive VIP tour that included ride-alongs for several of the family members. What a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Even Jeff Gordon was overcome with emotion as he watched the family tour their new home. He later admitted that he really wasn't prepared for the tidal wave of emotion that came with that sight.

Jeff Gordon is well known for being one of the NASCAR good guys. He has often found time in his busy schedule to lend his name and presence to worthy causes. This is especially true of the Jeff Gordon Foundation which places its focus on the medical needs of young children.

Jeff Gordon, a great NASCAR driver with a heart of gold, deserves a checkered flag for helping out this family in South Carolina. Now I understand more today why I love NASCAR. An exciting sport, great fans and great drivers! 

And speaking of great drivers, we have an exciting event coming up that we will be blogging about next week. The grand opening of Whisky River in Jacksonville, Florida takes place this weekend with a special party later in the week. We will be there ready to ‘ride the bull’ (well, maybe) and taking lots of photos to share with you. So don’t forget to come back next week!

Happy racing!


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