Langley Speedway News
The running order, Info for Al Pearce, and info on the Rock Star 265 with Shawn Balluzzo for Madison Arnot
Jun 11, 2010 - updated Jun 11th, 2010 8:52am
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Hampton Va. --
June 12th, 2010
Sponsored by SYSCO
Star 265 Night
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Dedication of the Al Pearce Media Center with
guest Joe Carver, Elton Sawyer and more!
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Speedway, the only NASCAR-sanctioned weekly track in southeastern
Virginia, is proud to announce that it will honor long-time motorsports
journalist Al Pearce early in Saturday night's NASCAR Whelen
All-American racing program presented by Sysco.
a native of Rocky Mount, N.C. and long-time resident of Newport News,
began his motorsports career at Langley in the summer of 1969. He had
been hired directly from the Army to cover NASCAR for the The
Times-Herald (now, Daily Press) and his stories, features
and columns from
Langley appeared in the Peninsula newspaper for the next 30-plus years.
He retired in 2004, but continues to cover major NASCAR races almost
weekend for AutoWeek magazine.
everything that Al has meant to short-track racing around here, we felt
was fitting that we dedicated our media center in his
name," said track GM Chuck Hall. "It's impossible to
estimate how many of our current fans learned about Langley Speedway
and first came for the first time because of Al's stories in the
Times-Herald and Daily Press. Over his 35 years at the newspapers, it's
probably safe to say he's spent maybe 500 days and nights out here.
quite a record, one we feel is deserving of this honor."
Langley Speedway promoter Joe Carver and former track and NASCAR
Mid-Atlantic Regional champion Elton Sawyer are among the special guests
returning for the ceremony. Carver is generally credited with reviving
the ailing track during his 10 eventful years (early-70s to early-80s).
left Langley to work with long-time friends Darrell Waltrip and Travis
and currently works with a company near Charlotte that schedules and
is among a host of competitors (among them, Geoffrey Bodine, Denny
Hamlin and Ashton Lewis Jr.) who used Langley as a springboard to
their NASCAR careers. After his Late Model career the Chesapeake
native won two poles and two Nationwide Series races, was a
top-10 points finisher six times, including three seasons in the
top-5. After a brief career in Sprint Cup, he worked for Bill Davis and
Ray Evernham, and currently is on the technical management staff at
Team Red Bull.
night's six-race SYSCO Rock Star 265 program includes a Late Model 100,
Modified 50, Grand Stock 40, and 25-lap races for the Super Truck,
Racing Champ Setting Records to Help Little Girl Beat Cancer!
Hampton, VA- Saturday the racing community joins together for a 10
year old little girl named Madison Arnot and her family. At CHKD,
known as their little “Rock Star”- this is her story.
Madison is the youngest patient to receive treatment at CHKD for a
disorder called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This disease
hundreds to thousands of colorectal polyps to develop at a very early
disease, untreated can lead to cancer. Doctors screened Madison and her
siblings at a young age because their father had overcome his challenge
this disease at the age of 19. Madison was the only child that tested
and so her treatment began.
In March of 2009, Madison had her colon removed. Since that time, things
not gone well and she has now had six to seven surgeries with the
of five or six more. She is currently in home health care and her IV and
feeding supply costs are unimaginable. Madison’s parents have health
insurance, but her health demands prevent her mother from working and
the co pays
continue to mount.
Fast forward to April 2010, Madison and her family are being embraced by
another part of Hampton Roads that is very well known to those who live
the racing community. Langley Speedway, a NASCAR sanctioned shortrack
celebrating its 60th season has been visited by many of NASCAR’s biggest
names; such as Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison and Denny
to name a few.
However, it is one of Langley Speedway’s most recognized names that
about Madison’s plight who has come forward to raise money to help
Madison’s healthcare to continue with fewer burdens to her family than
they currently carry. Madison’s local racing hero is Shawn Balluzzo.
Shawn, age 53 has 29 wins in three different classes at 4 different
on the east coast. He has won three Modified Championships and is the
track champion at Langley. 2010 marks his 26th year racing and what will
certainly be his most memorable regardless of the outcome of competition
On June 12, 2010 Shawn will be competing in the “Rock Star 265 Race for
Life: Benefiting Madison Arnot.” Shawn will be the first driver in
Langley Speedway’s history to compete in every race on the schedule for
that evening. He will be competing in the Late Model Stock Car,
Stock Super Truck, U-Car and Legend races that night. This is a racing
that has not been attempted by anyone, anywhere. Therefore Shawn will be
setting new records while raising money for Madison.
Portions of the purse money won by Shawn will be donated to Madison and
family. In addition, over the next six weeks leading up to the “Rock
265”, pledge cards will be available at the Fan Club booth at the
speedway for fans to make flat donations or to donate money for each lap
is able to complete.
Shawn’s cars are being donated by drivers that regularly race in their
respective divisions at a competitive level. Their crews will be
in each race, therefore giving him a realistic chance at a win in every
Outside of his weekly racing hobbies, Shawn designs and builds racing
simulators for Sprint Cup teams and other businesses. As part of the
fundraising events, Shawn will have simulators on hand for fans to race
of the proceeds from the simulators will go towards this great cause.
fundraising events from the evening will benefit the Arnot family. If
family or business would like to get involved in what promises to be an
to remember, please contact Shawn Balluzzo at email@example.com.
Madison Arnot, has never once complained and her parents say she doesn’t
ask “why” either. By all accounts, she is a consummate fighter that
intends to win her life’s biggest battle. Join the Arnot family and
on June 12, 2010 at Langley Speedway and support her in her attempts to