Caren Berg or Sue Siebert
1st ANNUAL MICCOSUKEE RESORT &
GAMING "HOT RODS & REELS" CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT AT DAYTONA
INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY A BIG SUCCESS
DEBUT TOURNAMENT GENERATES $91,000 FOR
THE DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION AND
SPEEDIATRICS AT HALIFAX HOSPITAL
DARRELL WALTRIP WINS
TOURNAMENT AND BIGGEST CATCH
DAYTONA, FL - 2/20/2007-
Annual 'Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels" NASCAR Nextel drivers'
charity fishing tournament made its debut at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February
16th, 2007, an unusually cold morning in Daytona. But the chill
in the air didn't dampen the spirits of NASCAR racers and fans as the
tournament, modeled after the hugely successful "Hot Rods & Reels" event
held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, raised more than $91,000 for the
Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis and the Betty Jane France
Pediatric Center Speediatrics
at Halifax Hospital.
"We had high hopes for the first year of Hot
Rods & Reels in Daytona, but the final result surpassed even our greatest
expectations," said Darrell Gwynn, President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
(DGF) and event founder. "Fishing for trophy bass alongside NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup drivers and other racing celebrities is a fan's dream come true, and
Daytona proved that with fans eager to spend a fun morning with their
favorite NASCAR celebrities."
Darrell Waltrip, former Daytona 500 winner and current FOX announcer, was
the big winner in the fishing tournament, reeling in a bass that tipped the
scales at 8.75 lbs and also winning the tournament along side his boatmates.
Waltrip shared his boat on Lake Lloyd, Daytona International Speedway's
29-acre infield lake, with Dean Kessell, James Hall and boat guide Barry
Macchione. With the biggest fish honors, Waltrip then had the opportunity to
draw for the Miccosukee Million, but came up empty-handed.
Highlighting the event was the presentation of a new wheelchair to 14-year
old Brian Sundin. Brian is a gifted student with arthrogryposis, a
congenital condition that restricts joint movement. "Providing for people
with spinal cord injuries is the whole motivation behind Hot Rods & Reels,"
said Gwynn. "Seeing Brian's joy at receiving his new power wheelchair really
drove home the reason we are all here."
Hot Rods & Reels in Daytona echoed the success in Homestead by hosting some
of the biggest names in NASCAR, including Tony Stewart, Kyle Petty, Bobby
Labonte, Carl Edwards, Kenny Schrader, Ryan Newman, Scott Riggs, Bobby
Allison and Donnie Allison.
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About The Darrell Gwynn Foundation
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 Agency.
DGF exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries
and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation
assists in the funding of targeted research. DGF is also dedicated to injury
prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children. The
Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted
with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special
services. DGF is an official charity of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction,
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and has a close affiliation with NASCAR
and the NASCAR Foundation. Additional information about DGF is found
The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center "Speediatrics", designed with
a motor sports theme, is a 31 Bed Pediatric Unit and a 5 Bed Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit at Halifax Medical Center. In surroundings
designed by Betty Jane France, with modern equipment and experienced staff,
children literally race to the finish line of recovery in a fun-filled
facility often visited by top NASCAR and sports car drivers.
The 1st Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels",
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Drivers & Teams Charity Fishing Tournament in Daytona
takes place Friday, February 16th, 2007 on Lake Lloyd at the
Daytona International Speedway.
Joining Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in sponsoring this event are Bass Pro
Shops, Sprint and Sport Tailor. For more information on registration or
sponsorship for the 2008 Hot Rods & Reels, visit
www.hotrodsandreels.com or call 954-792-7223 ext. 105.