Connecticut Resident Wins BMS Pace Car During Third Annual Sharky 500
Spectators gathered along the banks of Beaver Creek at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon, each hoping their rubber shark would take victory in the third annual Sharky 500.
Marlene Reiske’s trip to the IRWIN Tools Night Race turned out to be a lucky one, as she purchased the winning shark during August Race weekend. The Brookefield, Conn. resident won the grand prize, the 2010 Ford Mustang GT BMS pace car, thanks to her rubber shark which beat more than 5,000 others across the finish line. Reiske, and everyone else who purchased sharks, helped raise in excess of $50,000 for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Second place, $5,000 worth of merchandise at Grand Home Furnishings, went to Mitch Carpenter of Lenoir City. Robert Bunn of Bristol took third prize, four tickets to anywhere American Airlines flies in the continental U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada.
The real winners, however, were the thousands of children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who will receive assistance through the Bristol Chapter of SCC which hosted the event.
In addition to the Sharky 500, kids and parents had plenty of activities to keep them busy at the free BMS Kid’s Expo. Face painting, pumpkin bowling, inflatable bouncers and a rock wall were just a few of the things available for families to do while waiting on the start of the Sharky 500.
Finishing fourth was M.B. Fix of Wadsworth, Ohio (two grandstand tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race), with Linda O’Neill of Branford, Conn. taking fifth (two grandstand tickets to the Food City 500). Kevin Hale of Oakwood, Va. (two grandstand tickets to the Food City 250), Eric Bell of Kingsport (two grandstand tickets to the Scotts TurfBuilder 300), and Pam Myers from Walnut, N.C. ($100 Food City gift certificate) finished sixth through eighth. Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Larry Brewer from Elizabethton ($75 gift certificate to BMS Speedway World) and Gedra Burdon from Ennis, Tex. ($50 gift certificate to Food City).
The next Speedway Children’s Charities event, the 14th Annual AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights kicks off Nov. 19 and runs through Jan. 8, 2011.
The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit organization, has raised in excess of $5.5 million since 1997 for children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.