Fort Myers, Fla.- As the NASCAR schedule comes down to the wire for the final Chase races of the season, NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase contender Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric toured Fort Myers on Wednesday. Wallace and Hemric’s visit to Florida’s west coast came in advance of Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 18-20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The tour’s first stop was Golisano Children’s Hospital, where the two drivers met and interacted with pediatric patients. The Ford drivers handed out NASCAR Foundation teddy bears to the children during their visits.
“It was really heart touching,” said Wallace. “It was good to walk in there and to see the kids smile and to brighten up their day. There is nothing like having the opportunity of making a kid smile.”
“When you have the opportunity to have this kind of platform and to touch kids’ lives that is what it’s all about,” said Hemric. “When you have the ability to give back to those that haven’t been so fortunate and to make them smile for five minutes, it makes me feel great.”
Following the visit to the hospital, the drivers then took a trip to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates where Wallace and Hemric toured the estate’s 15,000-square-foot museum with a group of students from the Automotive and Engineering Academy of South Fort Myers High School. The visit concluded with the two drivers holding a Q&A session with the students just before driving around the estate in a classic Ford Model A.
“I had the opportunity to drive a 1930 Model A and it was a really cool experience,” said Hemric. “It’s a reminder of how fortunate I am to be in the situation that I am. I really appreciate the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for allowing us to come do this. I had a lot of fun.”
Wallace continues to make a name for himself in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, as he is currently one of eight drivers who are still in contention for a title in the XFINITY Series. Wallace hopes to advance to the next round and compete as part of the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the Ford EcoBoost 300 championship race on Saturday, November 19 (3:30 p.m., NBCSN, SiriusXM).
“The most exciting thing about Homestead-Miami Speedway is running against the wall,” said Wallace. “I love having that experience and running against the edge. I was able to win two years ago in the Camping World Truck Series, and hopefully we can have that same success this year. Homestead-Miami Speedway is always a lot of fun.”
Hemric, who is competing in his second full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series, was one of eight drivers who qualified for the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase this year before being eliminated in the Round of 6. Hemric has competed in two Truck Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his best finish coming in the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 200 where he finished eighth. Hemric will once again compete in this year’s Ford EcoBoost 200 race which is set for Friday, November 18 (8:00 p.m., FS1, SiriusXM).
Tickets for NASCAR’s 2016 Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 18-20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.