February 28, 2017

Daytona Report

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Steve has returned to the Shenandoah Valley, after an “awesome, awesome week” at Daytona. “We have made good friendships with the Brown’s Speedweeks Campgrounds. They helped us from beginning to end with our events,” Steve added with appreciation.

Steve actually started his work before the huge race at the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 26. Starting as early as Thursday, February 16, Steve met with multiple friends and valued the time spent reconnecting with them.

Then, on the evening of Friday, February 24, Victory Weekend began with a fun blast of energy, thanks to Levi Riggs, Audra McLaughlin, and Jess Zimmerman. All three performers encouraged the crowd and welcomed the NASCAR fans numbering 300.

The big event of the weekend for Victory Weekend was on Saturday, February 25. The crowd increased to 600 people, as Levi, Audra, and Jess wowed the crowd again with their talents. Then the excited fans pictured below stood on stage, competed in the air guitar competition, and had a fun time doing so.

One of the Victory Weekend team’s favorite moments on Saturday night is recognizing our American veterans, military personnel, and first responders who have given and continue to give so much to keep our nation protected. Daytona was not an exception, as Victory Weekend recognized 33 American heroes in our midst!

Dale Blose, Director of Logistics, helped with photography during the two-night event and at the visits to Chick-Fil-A prior to Victory Weekend events. Dale shared his favorite observations from the visit to Florida. “They invited us back, and the whole weekend was great. The clean crowd hardly left any trash after our events, and the respectful responses they gave encouraged us. They want us back, both the crowd and the Campgrounds.”

Steve appreciates how meetings through Victory Weekend can lead to new future opportunities. “The owner of a local radio station came up to me and talked and set-up for the radio station to broadcast the Winning the Race: Keep Your Drive Alive audio files on their radio station. Also, Caleb, a policeman and veteran from North Carolina, said that he had collected items from wrecks, had them signed by NASCAR drivers, and wanted to do something with them. We worked with him and auctioned off those items. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) raised $1,000, so that they could pay for a counselor to help at their facility.”

For those who came to Daytona, thanks for stopping by and enjoying your time with Victory Weekend. Thank you also for reading the 2017 report about Daytona, and Steve is already eager to see the next crowd on April 21-23 in Bristol, Tennessee at the Bristol Motor Speedway.



Photos courtesy of Dale Blose