R&R Enterprises Returns as Title Sponsor of National Open Benefit
FK Rod Ends joins annual charity event as presenting partner
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – March 19, 2014 – For the second year in a row, R&R Enterprises will help lend a hand to the sprint car racing community.
On Saturday, October 4th, fans, drivers and industry professionals alike will come together to raise money for various charities that support injured drivers and their families. The annual R&R Enterprises National Open Benefit presented by FK Rod Ends has become a staple of the Morgan Hughes National Open weekend at historic Williams Grove Speedway. In 2014, the event will continue to grow.
“I’m really excited that R&R Enterprises is back as our main sponsor for the second straight year,” said Kolten Gouse, operator of Kolten Gouse Promotions. “They have been a huge supporter of this event and helped us lay the foundation for another great year in raising money for these charities. In addition to them we have added FK Rod Ends as our presenting sponsor. I can’t thank Maria and her family for all the support they show with all forms of racing. Between our two amazing partners, I think the sky is truly the limit on what we can raise.”
Gouse, a crewman for Kasey Kahne Racing, has been involved with the planning and promotion of the event since 2011. R&R became involved in 2012 before stepping up as title sponsor in 2013.
“We are very honored to be apart of this event once again,” said Kyle Luetters, Marketing Director for R&R Enterprises. “Many of our customers participate in motorsports and we consider them to be like family. When someone gets hurt, we all want to pitch in and help out. Putting effort behind this event is a way that we can help many of those that have been gracious enough to help us grow our business over the years.”
Lisa and Vince Magaro started the National Open Benefit in 2008 shortly after sprint car driver John Westbrook was involved in a vicious crash at
Williams Grove Speedway. The proceeds went to help Westbrook and his family with medical expenses.
The money raised from this year’s extravaganza will go to the York County Racing Club Injured Driver’s Fund, the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund and the Steve King Foundation.
The charity event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4th with a chicken BBQ that will serve up to 350 people. Cost is $8 per person. The auction begins at 1:00 p.m. In addition to the benefit, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also be holding an auction in the same area from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.nationalopenbenefit.com
About the York County Racing Club: The York County Racing Club created its Injured Driver’s Fund to help any member driver that suffers an injury and loss of income while racing. Much of the club’s time is devoted to the various fundraisers needed to help injured drivers. For more information, please visit www.ycrc.org.
About the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund: The World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund was created three years ago by legendary car owners Jack Elden along with Beverly and Casey Luna. Additionally, Amy Swindell and Dana Kinser, the wives of drivers Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser, also were instrumental in the funds’ creation. The fund has helped drivers and their families in need after an accident or loss of income for over 25 years.
About the Steve King Foundation: The Steve King Foundation’s primary purpose is to assist drivers, pit crew members, officials and track operation personnel who are involved in dirt-track racing and are seriously ill, injured or killed. Named after Steve King, a driver that lost his life due to injuries suffered from a crash during a 2006 Knoxville Nationals qualifying night, the foundation also assists dirt-track organizations and facilities with obtaining and maintaining safety equipment or implementing safety measures to enhance and improve dirt-track racing. For more information, please visit www.stevekingfoundation.org.
About R&R Enterprises: R&R Enterprises, located in Valley Park, Mo., is an industry leader in racing apparel and merchandise for drivers, teams, tracks sanctioning bodies and more. From silk-screened shirts to custom embroidery to novelty sublimation, R&R has the tools and resources to complete any job. For more information, please visit www.r-rracewear.com or call 1-877-730-6953.
About FK Rod Ends: FK Rod Ends came onto the racing scene quietly over 30 years ago. The Connecticut based company quickly won customers over with fair pricing and plenty of inventory. To further assure timely delivery, F.K. Rod Ends set up two regional warehouses. Filled to the brim with inventory, these warehouses offer localized service for emergency orders. For more information, please visit www.fkrodends.com or call 1-800-662-4003.
About Kolten Gouse Promotions: Kolten Gouse Promotions has handled promotion or co-promotion of the National Open Benefit since 2011. Founded by Kasey Kahne Racing crewmember, Kolten Gouse, KGP focuses many resources each year on events that raise awareness and funds for racing related charities.