South Carolina's Todd Benfield wins BMS Pace Car at Fifth Annual Sharky 500
Thousands of rubber sharks made their way down Beaver Creek at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon during the Sharky 500 but it was one purchased by South Carolina’s Todd Benfield that crossed the finish line first.
Because his shark found the quickest path through the course, Benfield, of Daniel Island, S.C., won the 2012 BMS Ford Mustang pace car, valued at more than $32,000.
Benfield was one of the thousands of people who purchased the sharks beginning last summer. The Sharky 500 is one of a number of fundraisers for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities which has raised in excess of $7 million over the last 15 years.
Paul Lucas of Midland, Tex., was the second-place winner, earning $5,000 in furnishings from Grand Home Furnishings. Mark Mullins (Big Stone Gap, Va.) laid claim to third-place, landing a four-night stay for four at Wilderness of the Smokies.
Craig Schmeer (Hilton, NY) was fourth, good enough for a pair of tickets to the 2013 IRWIN Tools Night Race while Tammiann Henderson of Kingsport, Tenn. picked up two tickets to the 2013 Food City 500 after her shark finished fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 was Larry Brewer (Elizabethton, Tenn.), who scored two tickets to the 2013 Food City 250, Butch Downs (Bristol, Tenn.), winner of a pair of tickets to the 2013 March Nationwide event, Amy Sink (Bristol, Tenn.), who won $75 to Speedway World at BMS, Bonnie Burke (Johnson City, Tenn.), who picked up a $50 gift certificate to Food City and Sheila Armfield (Fairmont, W.Va.), winner of two tickets to Speedway In Lights.
The next fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is Speedway In Lights, which opens at BMS for its 16th season Nov. 16.