Several stars of NASCAR will take on stars from the NHRA in a slow-pitch softball game for charity at 7 p.m. ET on April 17 at Northeast Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C. Country singer Darrell Harwood will sing the National Anthem before the game and performa post-game concert afterward.
“A lot of us on the NHRA and NASCAR sides of racing know each other, but our hectic racing schedules don’t allow us to get together very often,” drag racer Bob Vandergriff said. “Kurt (Busch) and I started talking about this, and before you knew it we had a plan, then we were talking to our fellow drivers in each series, and it all started to come together. Early on in the process, the Kannapolis Intimidators minor league baseball team came on board, and once we had a professional venue in place we knew we could make this happen. Our NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series will be at zMAX Dragway, in Concord, on April 19-21, for the Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals, so that gave our drivers a chance to all come in a little early to do this, have some fun, raise some donations, and promote our sport.”
Proceeds from the game will go to the Armed Forces Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“It will be great to generate some money for two good causes, but on top of that it’s going to be a lot of fun to square off against those guys in the game and I know it’s going to be great for the fans, at least in a comedy sense,” Vandergriff said. “We’re going to have an autograph session before the game, and with the Darrell Harwood concert afterward it will be a great night for everyone in attendance. I do think our NASCAR brothers have one built-in advantage, though, because they already know how to keep turning left until you get back home. I’m going to have to make sure my guys don’t just keep on going straight, all the way to the right field fence.”
The roster for the NASCAR team includes Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Michael and Darrell Waltrip, David Ragan, Brad Sweet and Parker Kligerman.
Players on the NHRA team include Vandergriff, Tony Schumacher, Brandon Bernstein, Antron Brown, JR Todd, Shawn Langdon, Clay Millican, Courtney Force, Ron Capps, Del Worsham, Chad Head and Matt Hagan.
Tickets for the game are priced at $20 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission. They may be purchased online at intimidatorsbaseball.com/nhra.