Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NASCAR Salutes Law Enforcement at Dover International Speedway®

On Sunday June 3, over 300 law enforcement officers and supporters attended the Fourth Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at Dover International Speedway®, honoring all of America's law enforcement heroes and supporting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s work. Event goers were treated to trackside tours, performances by bagpipers, and a Q&A appearance by driver David Gilliland of the No. 38 ModSpace Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports. Supporters then headed to the grandstands to take in the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

During the pre-race ceremony Dover Motorsports® presented the Memorial Fund with a check for $2,800, raised via proceeds from a special “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” ticket package offering. A $20 donation was made for every ticket package sold.

During the driver introductions on the track, Driver Carl Edwards was presented with the Memorial Fund Chairman’s Award. This award is presented annually by the Chairman, Craig W. Floyd, to a deserving individual or organization that has assisted the Memorial Fund in its work to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and has positively impacted the law enforcement profession. The Memorial Fund proudly presented this award to Carl Edwards, who has used his celebrity status and his role as a former reserve officer with the Boone County (MO) Sherriff’s Department to bring increased awareness to the work of nearly 800,000 men and women who serve and protect us every day.

After the Chairman’s Award presentation, Memorial Fund Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations John Shanks, along with the Memorial Fund’s November 2010 Officer of the Month, Officer Raymond Blohm of the Upper Darby (PA) Police Department, and a young NASCAR fan and Memorial Fund supporter, joined Edwards for a lap around the Monster Mile prior to the race.

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