DUNDEE—Racing stars and professionals came to Black Rock Speedway Friday, Aug. 12, to try racing on a dirt track for a change.
Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) invited drivers and pit crews to Dundee while they were in Watkins Glen for the NASCAR weekend. A number of drivers came to Black Rock, including Tony Stewart, MIchael McDowell, JJ Yeley, Trevor Bayne, David Reutimann, and Justin Algaier. This was the fourth annual night where MRO invited NASCAR drivers, pit crew, and professionals to come to Black Rock for a fundraiser.
Matt Dillner, videographer of NASCAR events and an organizer of the charity event, explained that while this is the fourth year of the event, it's easily the 10th year he has come up to Dundee while in the area for the NASCAR race. This year's fundraiser included a number of items signed that day, like crew shirts autographed by number 33 Clint Bowyer and number 29 Kevin Harvick.
MRO President Billy Mauldin said there are drivers now who ask each year if there is going to be a special night at Black Rock when NASCAR comes to Watkins. He added it is something the drivers involved will also be talking about for the rest of the weekend.
Most of the visiting drivers participating in a special race Friday night, using the cars of dirt track racers at Black Rock to compete. McDowell came in first place this year, while past champion, Reutimann, won third.