Throughout the years, the short track racing community has earned a reputation of coming together and helping those in need. Fans and race teams gathered at Winchester Speedway this past weekend once again lived up to that reputation.
The racing family attending the 49th Winchester 400 came together in an incredible way for one young girl preparing for the fight of her life.
Bella Fields spent the weekend at Winchester Speedway as a guest of honor of the track, and even served as grand marshal for part of Winchester 400 weekend. Bella was recently diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS), which is a rare genetic disorder which leads to bone marrow failure.
The Winchester and Randolph County communities have been raising money for Bella’s medical expenses, which will include chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Winchester Speedway joined that effort over the course of Winchester 400 weekend.
The speedway’s 50/50 raffle raised money for Bella’s medical expenses, ultimately raising $2,651.50. The winner of the 50/50 raffle donated their $1,325.75 portion of the fundraising back to help Bella’s fight.
The racers making the trip to Winchester Speedway also joined the cause. The Midwest Modifieds Tour and Burkett-Nester Racecars made a $500 donation, bringing the total money raised for Bella over $3,000 for the weekend.
“The donation came from Burkett-Nester Race Cars and our Modifieds Tour series,” said Brian Nester of the Midwest Modifieds Tour. “People struggle with that kind of stuff. We figured we’d put our name out there and be kind enough to do that for her.
“The Winchester race really went well. Donating the money really capped it off.”
Those who wish to donate to the cause can visit a fundraising page here dedicated to raising money for Bella’s medical expenses. Those unable to give are encouraged to send cards or gifts to The Iris Salon, located at 114 E Washington Street in Winchester, Indiana.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor