As many of you know, or don’t know, I’ve been involved in racing media for over 10 years now.
I’ve hosted Burning Rubber Radio on the Performance Motorsports Network, as well as covered NASCAR, the Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA, the 24 Hours of Daytona and more … the list goes on and on.
But another thing that you may or may not know is that I’m a full time law enforcement officer for a nice little town in Pinellas County Florida called Kenneth City.
My agency is doing something good for a great cause this month. We are participating in the November Challenge. All during November we are permitted to grow beards, and for our female officers, they can wear flashy fingernail polish.
Both are things usually considered a no-no in law enforcement, but they’re permitted this time … if and only if we donate to CASA, a 133-bed domestic violence shelter in Pinellas County, Fla.
You may all be wondering: “This is all well and good, but what does this have to do with racing?”
Enter NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ray Black Jr.
Black is a Florida native that drove part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014, then upped his run to full-time in 2015, when he finished 11th in points.
He then competed full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last year and came home 19th in points, but has competed in the XFINITY Series only part-time this year, though he did make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicagoland Speedway in September, driving the No. 51 ScubaLife Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing.
Black and his team have stepped up this week at Texas Motor Speedway, where he will be returning to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the AAA Texas 500, and will help my small agency support the CASA charitable initiative.
All members of the No. 51 crew, including Black, will be sporting unshaven faces in support of CASA and the service it provides to the victims of domestic violence.
The fact that Black and his team are making a stand against domestic violence, and the safety and welfare of any and all victims of such a crime, make he and his team winners before the green flag ever drops at Texas.
If you would like to join my agency and Black in our drive to raise awareness about domestic violence, as well as raise a few dollars for a great cause, go to this link and donate.
Any amount is gladly accepted, and don’t forget … after you donate, let those beards grow long or paint those nails in the month of November and help spread the word!
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About the Writer
Andy DeLay is a career law enforcement officer for Clearwater, Florida who carries a passion for motorsports at both the local and national levels. He is an avid iRacer who also spends time away from the virtual circuit at local tracks.
In addition, DeLay is a host of the long-time Burning Rubber Radio Show on the Performance Motorsports Network, the wireless mobile radio affiliate of Race Chaser Online, as well as an onsite reporter for PMN in various capacities.
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