A fundraiser has far exceeded the goal to help support the family
Earlier this month, the racing world entered Tulsa, Oklahoma. The famed Chili Bowl Nationals welcomed 300+ dirt midget entries and brought the eyes of the world with them.
View the Jack Hewitt fire photo below.
Dirt racing legend, Jack Hewitt was in attendance at the event. While he wasn’t racing, he still made headlines.
NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell both skipped the Chili Bowl for the first time in many years. They noted the lack of purse increase despite the growth of the event.
The boycott didn’t sit well with Jack Hewitt. And he spoke on the topic in an interview with FloRacing in the pit area…
“We’re not missing them a bit,” Hewitt said of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell missing last night’s Chili Bowl.
“Don’t bad mouth the Chili Bowl. If he boycotted it because of money, there’s 300+ midgets here. The crowd is already sold out. The grandstands are sold out on the thing.”
Hewitt added, “Who gives a shit if he’s here or not. And I’m a Kyle Larson fan, I like Kyle. But, him and Christopher Bell don’t know how to pick their battles.”
Jack Hewitt’s van catches fire leaving the Chili Bowl
On the way home from the Chili Bowl, Jack Hewitt and his wife found themselves stranded on the side of the highway. Their van went ablaze.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and wife Jody were both able to safely exit the vehicle. However, the van and everything inside was a total loss.
Hewitt attended the event with a load of merchandise. All that was left burned in the fire along with luggage and other items.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help support the family. So far, they’ve raised $6,500 far exceeding the $2,500 goal.
“Hi, my name is Cody Terry and i am starting this due to a electrical fire that happened in the one and only legends van while traveling home from the Chili Bowl Nationals! they lost their van, luggage, and some of their merchandise shirts!”
“Everyone that knows a little bit about racing has heard the name Jack Hewitt at some point! please help support this and show everyone what “Dirt Track Family” is!”
The page later updated, “Thank you all so very much for the support! At this rate we will hit our goal in no time! You all are great hearted people, every single one of you make a difference in the world! Thank you! God bless.”
Click here to view the GoFundMe page.
Hewitt is the 1985 All Star Circuit of Champions champion. He’s also a two-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion with titles in back-to-back seasons in 1986 and 1987. He attended the Chili Bowl event in the very early stages, with a best finish of 2nd in the 1989 edition.