CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Crowds filtered through the Corbin Speedway today for a day of racing, but the high-octane excitement was all for a good cause.
You'll often hear the roar of an engine at the Corbin Speedway, but this Saturday night one very special car graced the track, the retired #88 of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“We've had probably 2,000 children or more today and they just love it,” said track promoter, Randy Meadors. “They want their picture took climb in it on it through it I mean it's wonderful to have the little kids out here.”
But the day's events weren't centered around the car, rather the kids.
“Any baby that is born premature, even the babies that are not that are born healthy; it's because of the research and the education,” said Laura Logan. “That's why they become healthy babies.”
It was a day to “Race for Babies,” the March of Dimes and Baptist Health of Corbin raised money throughout the day.
Speedway photographer, Derrick Strader, who was born prematurely, knows firsthand how much the March of Dimes helps families in need.
“I'm glad for all the stuff that they do for premature babies and glad for what they did for me back then too,” said Strader.
And even race car drivers took pride in driving for the cause.
“We bring the entire family the charity is for families and that really went a long way for us,” said Tim Hollis.
As they make each turn on the track count.
The speedway holds races on at least three Saturdays of every month.