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Governor Races for a Cause

Posted May 21, 2007 9:57 p.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2007 7:26 a.m. EDT

— Some families of deployed National Guardsmen continue to struggle financially, and Gov. Mike Easley has taken up their cause.

This past weekend he raised money by getting behind the wheel at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.

“I’ll try to bring [the car] back in one or two pieces,” Easley joked.

After a handshake here, an autograph there, and lots of pictures, it was show time. In his specially tailored National Guard racing suit, the governor hit the track to raise money.

Robert Johnson of the Charlotte Bobcats was one of the donors. He pledged $2,500 per lap.

Easley said he was hoping to raise $1,000 for every mile he hit on the speedometer. He posted an average speed of 165 mph.

It will be awhile before he knows how much money was raised.