This Friday kicks off the 4th annual Spectracide® Hot Rods & Reels™ NASCAR Drivers Charity Fishing Tournament. Lake Lloyd, located in the Daytona International Speedway infield, will be stocked with bass fish and the tournament begins at 8:00 a.m.
This event is one of the more unique sports-affiliated events in the nation, as it allows fans and business associates to take part in one-on-one experiences with some of NASCAR’s most celebrated drivers and associates.
Among the celebrities expected to cast for largest fish during the Daytona Hot Rods & Reels charity tournament include NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer, Bill Elliot, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Scott Wimmer and many others.
As part of the “Spectracide® Million Dollar Challenge”, the participant who catches the largest bass gets a chance to walk away with $1 million.
Darrell Gwynn, founder of the Spectracide® Hot Rod & Reels™ NASCAR Drivers Charity Fishing Tournament, is “proud to celebrate our 4th year at Daytona International Speedway and to welcome Spectracide® brand as our new title and Million Dollar Challenge sponsor this year. I also want to thank United Industries for joining us as the presenting sponsor at Daytona international Speedway.”
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Darrell Gwynn foundation, an organization providing support to those afflicted with spinal cord injuries and debilitating disease; and the Betty jane France Pediatric Center Speediatrics® Unit at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The Speediatrics® unit is decked out in a bright racing theme, helping children and families feel more comfortable amid beeping medical equipment and the constant parade of doctors and nurses.
The outreach of Darrell Gwynn Foundation will be dramatically apparent immediately following the tournament, during the awards presentation. As part of the day’s events and celebrations, Darrell Gwynn will present Miami-Dade College student Carl Stanley with a brand new $16,000 motorized wheelchair. This presentation will occur around 7:20 p.m. at the Speedway’s start/finish line, in front of tens of thousands of race fans prior to the start of the Next Era Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Once again, Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV is teaming up with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and will be producing a one-hour television special on this Hot Rods & Reels event. Going behind-the-scenes for interviews with NASCAR celebrities, event participants and Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, Outdoor Channel will document the Gwynn’s emotional account and highlight the launch of the Foundation and its many success stories.
Gwynn, the Foundation’s president who was paralyzed in a racing crash, is excited for the television special, stating, “The TV specials bring a national audience to these worthwhile charity events, and I am grateful to Outdoor Channel for partnering with us in our mission.”
After a near-fatal racing accident in 1990 in Great Britain, Gwynn dedicated his life to the prevention and treatment of spinal cord injuries. He formed the Darrell Gwynn Foundation which, through generous contributions from supporters, funds a variety of programs to raise awareness and education on ways to help prevent spinal cord injuries, provide long-term healthcare services for new spinal cord injury patients, and help fund research to find a cure for paralysis.
As part of its Wheelchair Donation Program, the Foundation has given around 100 custom power wheelchairs to individuals in need across the country. Many times the wheelchairs are presented to their recipients in front of fans at NASCAR races. The annual Hot Rods and Reels event was created to generate more awareness of the Foundation’s outreach.
“The tournament is a terrific opportunity for fans, company officials and sponsors to fish with NASCAR pros and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime,” Gwynn said. “My deepest thanks to Daytona International Speedway and its president Robin Braig, along with our sponsors, racing teams, celebrity participants and patrons who make this such a special event.”