Hall of Fame Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn was joined by NASCAR Drivers Bobby Allison, Clint Bowyer, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Max Papis, Martin Truex, and Richard Childress to Fish for a Cause and Give a Wheelchair to a Child in Need
Homestead, Florida – Hall of Fame Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn was joined today by his NASCAR friends for the annual Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament, to benefit The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The event is held annually on the infield lake at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Each year I am humbled by the sponsors, drivers, owners, and our friends at Homestead-Miami Speedway who always help us stand up for those who can’t. This year’s Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament was one of the most successful, and we’re looking forward to making the next one even better so we can raise the much needed fund for The Buoniconti Fund and the paralysis research we support,” said Darrell Gwynn.
More than 26 years after his last National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) win, and the accident that left him paralyzed, the Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund donated a custom wheelchair to 7 year old Manny Martinez who was paralyzed before birth by a stroke. Manny had grown out of his original chair and the new wheelchair will allow him the opportunity to be more mobile, play with his brother and friends, and continue his rehabilitation.
NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison ’s team won with a three fish total of 4.61 pounds, and the largest fish at 2.62 pounds was caught by Martin Truex. Additional fishing tournament participants included: Clint Bowyer, Richard Childress, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, Max Papis, David Ragan, and Regan Smith. Tournament partners and sponsors included Homestead-Miami Speedway, Bass Pro Shops, Bass Online and Hook & Tackle.
The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund: In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund supports SCI research at The Miami Project and education and prevention programs. www.thebuonicontifund.com/darrellgwynn