Harvick is boosting the purse at Stafford Speedway to support grassroots racing

Kevin Harvick: “The tree dies if it doesn’t have roots.”

Kevin Harvick has sent bonus money for the weekly program at Stafford Speedway. Each week, he will add $250 to the purse.

The leader at lap 13 gets a $125 bonus. In addition, the 13th place finisher gets a separate $125 bonus. Why 13? That was Ted Christopher’s number. The short track legend died in a plane crash late last year.

“As you look at the contingency program that we put in place at Stafford — And they did a good job. They’re honoring Ted Christopher,” Harvick stated of the grassroots support project.

“It’s really just an extension of our short track grassroots conversation. It just happened from whoever runs their social media, doing a really good job. They got Ryan Preece involved and he kinda helped us through the process of getting everything in place.”

“You’re trying to just set an example for hopefully something that everybody else will follow. To try to participate, read about and help support our grassroots system.”

“The tree dies if it doesn’t have roots. If you don’t take care of your roots, we’re all in trouble.”

“I didn’t realize the history and how historic Stafford Motor Speedway way. It’s been pretty fun to see the reaction to all that.”

“That’s really an extension of the K&N race we ran at Sonoma last year. The event we had in Bakersfield this year and the one we’re gunna do next year. We’ll continue to build on all that and try to help.”

“It doesn’t cost me very much money but it made huge impact. The grassroots level doesn’t need hundreds of millions of dollars. It needs some attention, love and small amounts of money.”

“I can promise you that $175 or $150, whatever it is… it means a lot to a guy that can go buy two more tires that’s racing at a short track every weekend.”

The SK Modified class is building at Stafford Speedway. For a weekly show, the purse is around $10,000. That’s just for a regular weekly show.

“That’s a big deal. They’re doing a good job with it.”


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