"Bowl with the Drivers" to benefit the Spalding Foundation
The 2018 version of the "Bowl with the Drivers" event will be held at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, NY on March 25th. Drivers and sponsors looking to participate should contact event organizer Dawn Maynard on Facebook or via the Spalding Foundation contact page. The complete event schedule and event sponsors will be announced at a later date.
2016 "Bowling With The Drivers" Fundraiser
The annual "Bowling With The Drivers" fund raiser to benefit the organization in 2016 was a huge success, raising more than $3000.00 for the foundation.
Several area race tracks were represented at the event, both asphalt and dirt facilities! The winning team this year was captained by dirt sportman driver, Brian White, who is a 2 time track champion at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, NY. A total of 32 five man teams participated, with drivers and media folks from Five Mile, Penn Can, Chemung Speedrome, I88 Speedway, Greenwood Valley and Shangri-La 2 Speedway. Helping to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets was Little Miss Motorsports 2016, Haylie Hammond!!! Our thanks to Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, NY, organizer Dawn Maynard and all of our volunteers for doing a splendid job once again!!!!
2016 Motorsports Expo Auction Raises Over $3,000 for Spalding Foundation
Motorpsports Expo 2016 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY was the location for the annual "Racing Memorabilia Auction" once again this season. Many items were donated for the fundraiser from local teams, business owners, NASCAR teams and many others. We appreciate the support from these people and thank them very much.
The fundraiser to benefit the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, Inc., saw proceeds of over $3000.00. Thank you to all who participated at the auction and helped the foundation with this event.
Spalding Foundation Namesake, Former Mod Racer Rod Spalding Passes
Longtime Southern Tier race fans were saddened to hear of the death of Rod Spalding, a former modified driver whose injury led to the formation of the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers. Rod passed away at his home on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the age of 68.
Rod, a resident of Troy, Pennsylvania, competed in Shangri-la Speedway’s ultra-competitive Modified division in the 1980s in his trademark green number 11. He reached victory lane on two occasions between 1987 and 1988. He was also the winner of many special awards during his career, including the 1988 “Sportsmanship Award” at Shangri-la. An accident in 1988 at Rougement, North Carolina Speedway left Rod severely injured, prompting Betty Sherwood and countless volunteers to organize a fundraiser to benefit Rod at Quinlan Park in Waverly, where fans raised an astounding $25,000. The following year Sherwood formed the Spalding Foundation, named in Rod’s honor, which continues to financially aid drivers, officials, and crew members injured in racing-related accidents.
Rod was still a frequent spectator at local tracks up until earlier this season, always making the rounds of the pits to get close to the cars and visit with today’s racers.
As per Rod’s wishes, memorial contributions may be made to the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, Inc., 1074 Sulpher Springs Road, Owego, NY 13827.
2015 Chemung Speedrome Weekly Race Program
The 2nd season for the "Speedrome Spotlight" program to benefit the foundation was very successful in our fundraising efforts. A special thank you to John White and everyone at Chemung, including the fans and race teams for supporting this fundraiser. Proceeds from this fundraiser exceeded $5000.
The Spalding Foundation would like to thank the following businesses for advertising in this years program:
Zacks' Grill-Beers Motors-00Sellers Racing-Thomas Video-Simmons-Rockwell-Brautigan Allstate Ins.-Benjamin's Garage-Chemung Soft Water-Gary's U Pull-It - Bobby Osgood's Auto Sales- 07 Racing Collectibles-E.J.M. Trucking-Palmer Manufactured Homes-Coaches Pizza-Sherwood Groves Buick GMC-Rail House Restaurant-Dickinson Automotive-HILLTOP Service Center-Horseheads Rental Center-Zacharias Racing-Buckley's Automotive-The RACE REPORT-BOWEN Trucking-Dave Jackson's Body Shop-PROSIGNS-Horseheads Pick-A-Part-RC Welding Supply, LLC-Centers Health Care.
The winner of this years "Geoff Bodine" autographed gift pack that was raffled off this year at the Chemung Speedrome was Emanuel French from Binghamton, NY. Thank you to all who participated in this years raffle!
2015 ROC Sheet Metal Auction and Raffle
Special thanks to the drivers from the Race of Champions Asphalt Modifed teams who donated sheet metal and apparel for the auction and raffle to benefit the Spalding Foundation. The proceeds raised from this event were over $1200. The teams and drivers we would like to thank include: Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman, Chuck Hossfeld, Rick Kuth, Lewis Racing, Tyler Rypkema, TJ Potrzebowski/McGuire Motorsports, Mike Leaty, Bryan Sherwood, and Jimmy Zacharias.
2015 Motorsports Auction
Over $3000 was raised at the annual "Motorsports Auction" during the Gater Racing Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds. A big thank you to the entire Patrick family for their continued support of the auction and the foundation.
2015 Bowling with the Drivers
This years fundraiser had the most teams in the history of the event. With 24 teams consisting of local drivers, crewmen, officials, and fans the event raised over $4000 for the foundation. A big thank you to Dawn Maynard for organizing the event again this year. We also would like to thank all of the sponsors that contributed to this years event:
Dandy Mini Mart
RC Welding Supply
Waverly Pudgies Pizza
Spalding Foundation to Produce Weekly Program for 2015 Chemung Speedrome Season
For the second consecutive season, the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers will be providing the official souvenir program for Chemung Speedrome each week during the 2015 racing season. The Speedrome Spotlight racing publication will be available for purchase to fans for every racing event throughout the season, with all proceeds benefitting the Spalding Foundation. This season-long endeavor is annually one of the Spalding Foundation’s most successful fundraisers.
Advertising opportunities are available to prospective sponsors who wish to showcase their business or race team every week in the Speedrome Spotlight, with packages starting at just $100. All advertising costs qualify as a tax-deductible donation. For more information, contact Spalding Foundation director Betty Sherwood at 607.687.2991, or email .
2014 Season Roundup
Well the season has ended for us here in the North country! Photo #7 on the Home Page shows crew chief for Kevin Harvick, Rodney Childers, driving the orange #31 kart. Some of the crews from the Glen came down and joined the activities this year.
The foundation provided the weekly race program for Chemung Speedrome for the 2014 season. We thank John White, the race teams and the fans at Chemung for helping to make this a wonderful fund raiser for the foundation.
The Spalding Foundation was invited to present 2 fund raisers this year at the Race Of Champions Asphalt events at Shangri -La 2 Speedway and Chemung Speedrome this season. Several of the teams donated signed sheet metal for an auction. Great events at both facilities. Thank you Andrew Harpel.
DIRTcar invited the foundation to participate at an event at Rolling Wheels Raceway this year. A raffle was held with great success. Thank you Joe Skotnicki.
2014 Bowling Fundraiser raised $2,300!
The foundation appreciates the support of the racing family and those who donated their time to make this annual event a big success! A big thank you to Dawn Maynard for continuing to put on a wonderful event. The January event at the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, NY raised $2,300! A special thanks to the sponsors of this fund raiser:
S & A Construction
Clark Racing Engines
Waverly Pudgies Pizza
Palmer Manufactured Homes
Moore’s Automotive Inc.
Beeman’s Restaurant & Lounge
Gary A Monroe & Associates
2014 Syracuse Motorsports Expo Auction gains $4,000!
The annual Motorsports Expo auction in Syracuse, NY on March 8, 2014 helped raise over $4,000 this year!! The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers would like to thank all of those who made this auction a success.
2013 Program fundraising at Shangri-la 2 Motor Speedway
The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers is pleased to be doing our program fundraising at Shangri-la 2 Motor Speedway for the third year in a row!! All proceeds from the sale of the programs and all sponsorship ads in the program benefit the foundation.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors:
Pudgie's Pizza Restaurants, Waverly, NY/Binghamton, NY
Palmer Manufactured Homes, Waverly, NY
Sherwood Racing Wheels, Owego, NY
The Race Report, Johnson City, NY
E.J.M Energy Services, Rome, PA
Home Central, Owego, NY
RC Welding Supply, LLC, Monroeton, PA
Dickinson Automotive Machine Shop, Binghamton, NY
Clark Racing Engines, Dushore, PA
Gary's U-Pullit Used Auto Parts & Scrap Recycling, Binghamton, NY
07 Racing Collectibles, Endwell, NY
BA Motorsports, Horseheads, NY
Rail House Restaurant, Waverly, NY
Hillside Graphix, Apalachin, NY
National Parts Peddler Trade Show, Syracuse, NY
John's Fine Foods, Owego, NY
Hilltop Service Center, Owego, NY
The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers would like to thank Shangri-la 2 Speedway owner, George Swansbrough for allowing the Foundation to do this fund raiser each year, and MoJo Photos, track photographer for supplying us with racing photos each week for the program, and also thank columnist, Al Robinson, for his contribution with a special program column each week.
2013 Syracuse Motorsports Expo Auction raised $3,000!
The annual Motorsports Expo auction in Syracuse, NY helped raise over $3,000!! The Foundation would like to thank Gater Racing News for allowing the foundation to hold this fund raiser every year.
2013 Bowling Fundraiser on February 24, 2013 exceeded $2,400!
20 teams of drivers and racing personal from the local facilities were in attendance at the Valley Bowling Center, Waverly, NY. Everyone had a great time bowling and viewing the Daytona 500 at the same time. Many thanks to those who came out and joined us!