On April 13th, the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series makes its inaugural stop at the Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa for the "Karsyn’s Krusaders 40" and "Kickin' Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time®" night at the track.
The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series is proud to have partnered with Karsyn’s Krusaders for the upcoming season, Karsyn’s Krusaders is now the official non-profit organization of the Corn Belt Clash. Dubbing the 40-lap feature event the "Karsyn’s Krusaders 40".
Karsyn’s Krusaders - Kickin' Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time® is an Iowa non-profit organization started by a family with longtime racing involvement that decided to turn their "passion for racing into a purpose" after their 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Since forming the organization in 2010, Jessica and Andy Miller, with a handful of volunteers and help from race fans, drivers, and promoters, have raised $85,000 to help others affected by cancer.
In just two years, the organization has accrued more than 5,700 supporters on Facebook, partnered with drivers and tracks in nine states, sold nearly 5,000 "Kickin' Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time® shirts, and received support from many racing based businesses. As part of the recent partnership with the CBC and the continued support of the Davenport Speedway, Karsyn's Krusaders is returning to Davenport, IA to join with fans, drivers, and the community to once again "Kick Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time®".
With the funds raised at dirt track events, the organization has made a significant impact in many ways. They have worked with Make-A-Wish Iowa, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Alex's Lemonade Stand and CaringBridge, to name a few. Last year, Karsyn's Krusaders also prepared meals and activities for nearly 400 pediatric cancer patients and their siblings at the Heart Connection Cancer Camp in Boone, IA .
The donation that is probably the most meaningful to the Davenport area and very sentimental to Jessica and Andy Miller, is the donation made by Karsyn's Krusaders to SuperSibs in December 2010. Funds were raised at Davenport Speedway and were collected just one day after Sergio Wogomon (13), of Davenport was laid to rest.
The Miller and Wogomon families met at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as both of their children were diagnosed and battling leukemia at the same time. As the Millers planned a visit to Davenport Speedway for what they thought was going to be an exciting night of racing and an opportunity to raise funds for others, they never would have guessed they would also be saying their final goodbyes to a special young man and supporting the Wogomon family during their time of loss.
Two weeks later, the Board of Directors of Karsyn's Krusaders voted to donate all funds raised that weekend in Davenport to an organization identified by the Wogomons and given in memory of Sergio.
Karsyn's Krusaders, the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Racing Series, the Davenport Speedway and the Wogomon family have all come together this year to plan a great night of racing, fundraising, and activities to remember, celebrate and honor all who have battled cancer. In addition to the racing action, Karsyn's Krusaders will be selling Kickin' Cancer's Butt One Lap at a Time® merchandise and holding special activities for fans and drivers. Activities include a special team fundraising challenge, ‘Shake Your Money-Maker ’contest, and much more.
Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5. The driver’s meeting will be at 6 with racing to follow. IMCA Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, and DTR Street Stocks will also be on the bill along with the travelers of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series as all 4 divisions will run on the historic half-mile surface. General admission is $18, $16 teens and seniors, with kids 10 and under free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30. For more information, go to www.drttrak.com. The race day phone number is 563-326-5338.