Concord, N.C. (August 3, 2009) – Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 3M Sprint Cup Series and No. 16 CitiFinancial Nationwide Series teams visited Victory Junction Gang Camp last week, spending the evening with the campers, demonstrating pit stops, teaching the kids how to change tires and touring the NASCAR-themed facility that welcomes children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses.
Adorned with sombreros in honor of Fiesta Night, the teams learned firsthand what life is like for the campers at the 84 acre facility in Randleman, N.C.
“I had so much fun hanging out with the kids,” said Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion. “The facility is amazing – it’s definitely not what most people picture when they think of summer camp. It was a night I’ll never forget and I’d like to thank everyone with the camp for letting us come out.”
The evening hit especially close to home for one crew member. Craig Pope, jackman and shock specialist for the CitiFinancial team has a cousin who was once attended Victory Junction Gang Camp.
“I’ve personally seen what a difference one week at Victory Junction makes on these kids,” said Pope. “This place means a lot to my family and I’m really happy I got to see it up close. We all had a lot of fun hanging out with the kids – it was pretty cool to see how excited they were to see us.”
While this was the first trip to Victory Junction Gang Camp for the CitiFinancial team, it was a return-visit for several members of the 3M team.
“As soon as we got in the van to leave after our visit last summer, we were already planning a return trip,” said 3M team gasman Billy Manchester. “All the problems in the world seem small when you go to Victory Junction and see how happy these kids are. We feel like the lucky ones that they allow us to come here and see what a great thing the Petty’s are doing at the camp.”
Both teams are already hoping to go back to Victory Junction Gang Camp again next summer.
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