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Kenly raceway to help tornado victims

Posted November 28, 2008

— The Southern National Raceway in Kenly is asking racegoers to help out their tornado-hit community during Thanksgiving weekend races.

Tornadoes hit five counties early Nov. 15 and killed Marylin Gomez, 61, of Scott Road in Kenly, and Joshua Wiggins, 11, of London Church Road in Elm City. The twisters damaged or destroyed 59 homes and six businesses.

Racegoers were asked to bring canned food during the annual Thanksgiving Classic at the Southern National Raceway. People will also be able to make monetary donations.

Silent auctions to benefit the tornado victims will also be held Saturday and Sunday. Items donated by NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin will be up for grabs.

Donations for tornado-victim relief can also be sent to:

American Red Cross
801 S. Third St.
Smithfield, N.C. 27577

Checks should include "Wilson-Johnston tornado" in the memo line to make sure the donation goes directly to the cause.


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  • streetstock4wife Nov 28, 2008

    The track decided to give back to the community who it calls home. The are the one's who did all of the calling to drivers such as Denny to get the items that are being donated for the auction. The proceeds will be going to the community and for those of us who choose to go it is a way we can help give to these people and to say the track is not doing anything is ludicrous. Why do people take acts of kindness and try to turn it into something ugly?

  • kilo Nov 28, 2008

    at least they are sponsoring the event.

  • mrtwinturbo Nov 28, 2008

    It's alway nice to help others out, but, I would not say that the track is doing anything, it's the people that attend the events as it's written here