Lucas Oil Raises Over $5K for Brett Downey Safety Foundation at Loretta Lynn’s
A variety of big names in motocross took to the Lucas Oil dunk tank chair, including Jeremy McGrath, Ryan Villopoto, Jason Weigandt, Georgia Lindsay, Jimmy Albertson, Brian Deegan, and Haiden “Danger Boy” Deegan. Other stars of the sport, including Malcolm Stewart, Davey Coombs, Jeff Ward, Adam Cianciarulo, Max Markolf, Wil Hahn, and Ryder Difrancesco, stopped in to “dunk for Downey.” The star-studded affair drew attention and donations from motocross fans and families, with the always-entertaining announcers Wes Kain and Kevin Kelly taking the microphone to raise both funds and awareness for the Brett Downey Safety Foundation.
Troy Lee donated a TLD helmet to the cause, and when it went to the family of amateur motocross rider Daxton Bennick with the highest donation of the week, they turned around and generously donated it back to the foundation to be used in the next fundraising event.
Ricky Rickords, safety ambassador for the Brett Downey Safety Foundation, said, “We’re raising the safety standards in the sport of motocross across the nation. I can’t say thank you enough to our sponsors, to those who participated and donated, and to Lucas Oil for organizing such a fun event. We are overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve received at Loretta’s.”
For more information about the Brett Downey Safety Foundation, including how to donate, visit www.mxsafety38.org/.
About Lucas Oil: Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. is the world leader of high performance lubricants and problem solving additives and produces and markets more than 270 unique formulations in more than forty countries. Products include engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives and car-care products. In the USA, Lucas Oil is sold in more than 30,000 auto parts stores displaying the biggest variety of shelf products of any oil company, and at every truck stop nationwide. Lucas Oil has two major plants in the United States: the original one in Corona, California, which also houses Lucas Oil Corporate Headquarters, Lucas Oil Production Studios, Team Lucas, LucasOilRacingTV and MAVTV, plus a state-of-the-art, 350,000-square-foot oil products facility in Corydon, Indiana.
About Brett Downey Safety Foundation: Founded in response to the tragic death of young Brett Downey at a motocross track, the Brett Downey Safety Foundation provides motocross safety material for track owners/promoters, caution flaggers, riders, and parents. They send safety ambassador Ricky Rickords to national and local events to assist with all safety needs. Rickords organizes and leads onsite safety meetings with caution flaggers and riders, and implements the operation of fleets of safety lights at no cost to track owners and promoters so that safety is always a priority.
About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship: The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Lucas Oil is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 57 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 35 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation”, the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.