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Pink Breast Cancer Awareness car to compete in 16 races at Hagerstown Speedway

February 24, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Diane Hockensmith and her father Dave McGaha look over names that breast cancer survivors signed on a stock car owned by Dave Norris of Big Pool. The car was on display at the Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley office on E. Antietam Street. Norris will race the car at Hagerstown Speedway this year to raise awareness to breast cancer. Hockensmith is a breast cancer survivor herself.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Dave Norris likes the people at Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

So much so that he decided to paint his race car pink.

The car, which will compete in 16 races at Hagerstown Speedway this year, was at the offices of the local breast cancer awareness organization Friday afternoon.

Norris, who has been involved in dirt-track racing for much of his life, said he decided to paint his Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS pink in honor of his sister-in-law, Cindi Pettit of Hagerstown, who was diagnosed with breast cancer about two years ago.

Pettit received a lot of help from Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley in her battle against the disease and so in return, Norris got the idea to transform his car in tribute to the group.

“It’s just something me, my wife and my daughter talked about doing,” Norris said in a telephone interview this week.

Norris said any winnings he receives as a result of victories at Hagerstown Speedway this year will go to Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley. Norris, 37, of Big Pool, said he hopes the car will inspire fans at the races to donate to the organization.

“It’s very exciting,” said Joan Fell, executive director of Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

Norris said the car will be on display at Valley Mall from Feb. 29 to March 2, and will be at Hagerstown Speedway for a breast cancer awareness event April 28.

He said he would not have been able to build the car without the help of the following sponsors: AutoServ, Conservit Inc., AC&T and Stouffers Service and Collision Center of Hagerstown; D&D Auto Recycling of Williamsport; MasterDry of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and BAPS Coatings & Supplies of Chambersburg, Pa.

Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley is an organization composed of breast cancer survivors and individuals who help people deal with the disease. The organization helps explain treatment options and helps cancer patients frame questions to doctors.

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