Shawn Balluzzo began his twenty sixth season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. this year.
Balluzzo has been runner-up for the Late Model track championship, and has won the Modified track championship in three of the last four years at Langley.
Balluzzo will not run both the Late Models and Modifieds each week as he did last year, but will only run occasional races in Late Model while chasing his fifth track championship in the Modifieds.
While most drivers have seldom mentioned fears while racing, Balluzzo had to face something scary off-track that all men over 50 years old will eventually face: a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is used to evaluate many conditions and also is a screen for colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is one of the biggest killers today.
Like most men, Balluzzo was not looking forward to the procedure.
"I'm not sure if I was more scared of what was going on or about getting the colonoscopy, because I've almost never had to go to a doctor...“said Balluzzo. “I realized my fears were nothing, and it turned out not to be serious."
But when Balluzzo heard about a 10-year-old girl named Madison Arnot, he decided to combine the one thing he always wanted to do on the track with a fund raiser for the little girl with colon cancer.
On Sat. June 12, Balluzzo will finally get a chance to race every race in one night at Langley. Balluzzo will compete in the Late Model 100-lap race, as well as the Modified 50, Grand Stock 40, Super Truck 25, Legends 25 and UCAR 25.
This six-races-in-one-night effort will not just be a fund raiser, with pledges being taken for each lap completed; Balluzzo will have a chance for six wins as he will drive a competitive car in all six races that night.
For more, see the Daily Press story: Racing to raise funds for a girl with cancer, Langley Speedway Modified champion Shawn Balluzzo is hungrier than ever to win. http://www.dailypress.com/sports/dp-spt_langley_042410apr24,0,659960.story
Shawn Balluzzo Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sballuzzo
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