Children’s Dream Fund 50 Boosted To $10,000 To Win


Asphalt sprint cars will race for a $10,000 winner's check next month at Citrus County Speedway. (David Sink photo)

INVERNESS, Fla. – Officials from the Children’s Dream Fund 50 revealed Monday that the March 2 winged asphalt sprint car event at Citrus County Speedway will now pay out $10,000 to the winner.

The 50-lap race will be co-sanctioned between the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Perfit and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series.

The co-sanctioned event was originally announced in December as a $5,000-to-win event by event organizer J.J. Dutton. However, a $5,000 sponsor came forward to add an additional spark to the purse.

Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness has added the extra prize money, marking the first time since 2007 that a pavement sprint car race in the state of Florida has paid $10,000 or more to win.

The local Inverness Ford dealership has been supportive of the event since its initial announcement. Nick Nicholas Ford carries a line of new and used inventory, as well as a Service Department and Collision Center.

With the event now paying $10,000 to win, it becomes the richest pavement sprint car race in the Southeast so far this season. It is expected that more prominent drivers will come forward in the coming days to announce their participation in the event.

The purpose of the Children’s Dream Fund 50 is to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Dream Fund organization. The event is being organized by Dutton with help from the track and both series.

The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the purpose of fulfilling dreams for children from the ages of three to 21, living in West Central Florida, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Dreams are organized by doctors, nurses, child life and social workers, friends, families, and even other patients.

Since its inception, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for more than 4,000 children. More than half of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.

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