Support at the speedway

James Addis reports from  NASCAR, where car #78 bears World Vision’s logo to spread awareness about global poverty.

Regan Smith

Regan Smith

Regan Smith qualified! His best lap time of 21.78 seconds was enough to secure him the 35th position on the starting grid. Naturally, the Furniture Row Racing Team would have hoped for something better, but from World Vision’s point of view, still wonderful exposure. The World Vision name will be whizzing around the track at something like 150 miles per hour.

It was also a nice recovery for Regan, who sadly failed to qualify in his last race, the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Speedway—the first time in 13 races that the part-time, single-car team from Denver, Colo., has not qualified for a main event.

Also good news from World Vision has been the thousands who are stopping by World Vision’s child-sponsorship displays immediately outside the stands. At Regan’s appearance, about 1,800 people signed up to get more information about World Vision, and around 100 took away child sponsorship folders.

Many simply stopped by to express support for an organization they already love. Parker Slaybaugh, a student at Liberty University and the spiritual life director for his residence hall, was among those to express appreciation. He added that his hall had a rather unique way of fundraising to sponsor a child. Each time a student locks himself out of his room, he’s fined a dollar—the money going to the sponsorship. The message is: “Don’t get locked out of your room. But if you do, then that’s okay,” Parker said with a grin.

Big race is later today. But children in need around the world are already winning.

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