Southern Modified star Burt Myers will brave the cold Maine winter for the second straight year when he makes the trip to Scarborough, Maine this Saturday, February 28 for the 7th Annual DT100 for Make-A-Wish. Despite having to deal with the cold temperatures and the over 70” of snow on the ground in some areas of Maine, Myers was thrilled to receive another invite from event promoter Dave Thomas, Jr.
“That was one of the best times I’ve had in a long time when we went up there last year,” Myers told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s such a good cause. They took such good care of us and everybody just welcomed us with open arms. It’s a pleasure to be able to do that stuff, but it’s also gratifying because it’s a great cause.”
All proceeds collected leading up to and during the event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening injuries.
Each year at the DT100, children from Make-A-Wish that benefited from the previous year’s fundraising share their stories during pre-race ceremonies. Myers was front and center for those stories during last year’s event and the words spoken by those children made his return trip to Maine an easy choice.
“To be able and go be part of something like that where they help kids that may not have the opportunity to do some of the things they want to do without the help of people like Dave, it’s good to be a part of it,” said Myers.
Over the course of his racing career, Myers surely hasn’t shied away from controversy while competing on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and at “The Madhouse” Bowman Gray Stadium (NC). But through all of it, he has learned to take nothing for granted.
“We take for granted a lot of the things we get to do as race car drivers,” said the 2014 KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series champion. “Me personally, I take racing very serious and it’s a big part of my life. But I also have to sometimes put myself in check and realize it is a luxury for us to be able to do this. I went on a missions trip to Haiti last month and it was a real eye-opener to me about how good we do have it.”
When Myers and his brother Jason, who will also be making the trip for a second straight year, arrived at the Maine Indoor Karting facility for the first time in 2014, he was somewhat surprised to see what he saw. He was expecting to see something like the TQ Midgets that compete in Atlantic City (NJ) because of how hyped up the event was.
“I was expecting something like that because it was played up so big,” said Myers. “I didn’t know it was just an indoor go-kart track. But that’s what makes it so cool. It is fun and they take it serious. Jason and I were both able to win our heat races last year and make the feature. We’re very grateful that they are having us up there for it again this year.”
Although he says it’s easier to turn the racer on and off in a go-kart, Myers still has one goal in mind when he takes to the road course with some of the best drivers from the Northeast region.
“I go to win. Dave texted me a while back and told me he had just picked up the trophies. I told him that I hoped it would fit in the overhead compartment on the airplane to go home.
“I definitely want to win, but the cause and what they have going on is the most important part.”
For more information and to make a donation to Make-A-Wish, visit the DT100 website at www.dt100race.com.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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