'The Bulldog' Jimmy McCune Enters Children's Dream Fund 50
Five-time Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit champion Jimmy McCune has officially entered the ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway.
Five-time Must See Racing Sprint Series Presented by Perfit champion Jimmy McCune has officially entered the March 2, 2024 ‘Children’s Dream Fund 50’ at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida. The 50-lap event will be a co-sanctioned race between MSR and the BG Products Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series with the primary goal of raising money and awareness to the Children’s Dream Fund organization. the 50-lap event will pay $5,000 to the winner.
McCune’s announcement that he will participate in the event is surprising due to the fact that McCune has been somewhat exclusive to MSR and hasn’t traveled much in recent seasons. In fact, he didn’t compete in Davey Hamilton Jr’s Open Wheel Showdown 50k event in Las Vegas this past December.
The Toledo, Ohio veteran is definitely someone to keep an eye on and a serious contender for the victory. He claimed five feature events in 2023 with MSR despite not running the entire season.
When McCune was asked what his reasoning for competing in this event, he was quick to respond.
“I’m bored. There’s no racing to do right now,” laughed McCune. ”It sounds like it’s going to be a good event. That’s probably one of the biggest factors why we want to run”.
It may come as a surprise to many that McCune has competed with the SSSS in the past and also competed at Citrus County Speedway. He drove for Florida car owner Jason Reynolds at Showtime Speedway in 2021. He last competed at Citrus County Speedway in the mid-2000’s.
"We ran Citrus when I drove for Dave Durnwald around 2007, I believe. We went down there with a borrowed cast iron 360. I think we got through hot laps and we got rained out before the heat races. It was a fun little racetrack from what I remember. It was racy, so that’s a good thing. We had a lot of fun”.
Nearly 30 cars or more are expected for this race. It has been a long time since McCune has faced a field of cars that is expected for this race, and he seems eager to take on the challenge.
“What’s different? I mean at this point what’s different than any other night? We go to the racetrack every week and gotta race really good cars wherever we go. We’ve run out west at the Pink Lady and there were 50 cars. We’re gonna race the racetrack like we always do and could care less whose there”.
This race is more than just a race due to the involvement with the Children’s Dream Fund organization and McCune acknowledged that is another reason he wanted to support this race and help promoter JJ Dutton and his cause.
“I think it’s awesome. I haven’t got the chance to read into it too much. But from what I’ve been told, it's an awesome program. I’m proud to be a part of this race and we’re looking to have some fun down there” concluded McCune.
The Children’s Dream Fund is a St. Petersburg, Florida based non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and who live in West Central Florida. Dreams are referred to by doctors, nurses, Child Life and Social Workers, friends, families, and other patients.
Dreams vary as much as the personalities of the children the organization serves. They may involve meeting a celebrity, a trip, a gift such as a computer or playground, or their most-requested dream, a week at the Give Kids the World Village, which enables a child to visit all the Orlando-area theme parks.
The Children’s Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization. They do not tele market to raise funds. Since its inception in 1981, the Children’s Dream Fund has made dreams come true for over 4,000 children. According to their most recent audited financial report, 87% of all expenses go to make children’s dreams come true. Over 50% of all dream costs are covered by in-kind donations.
Lap sponsors are currently being sought for this event. Fifty percent of the money raised for each lap will go to the leader of that lap and the other half will go to the Children's Dream Fund. Contact Rick Day (813) 377-5862 to sponsor laps.
Additional drivers who have confirmed and are expected to compete in this event will be announced in the coming days / weeks. Please log onto www.mustseeracing.com, http://www.citruscountyspeedwayandtrack.com/, or https://southernsprintcarshootout.com/ for more info.
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