(John Holleman with his girlfriend Bonnie Shelton a childhood cancer survivor)
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (September 2nd, 2016) The month of September has a special meaning for John Holleman as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season winds down. The final three events of the 2016 season take place this month along with September also being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This cause is a close one for Holleman as his girlfriend, Bonnie Shelton, is a two-time childhood cancer survivor.
Holleman’s car will carry the gold ribbon on the hood in hopes to help promote the need for awareness of cancer in children. Shelton survived Wilms Tumor in her kidney when she was just three years old and then two years later she was found to have cancer in both her lungs. Shelton was able to fight off the tumors both times and to this day is symptom free.
“I am definitely going to put something on the hood like a gold ribbon, and we are looking at changing everything on the car that is pink to gold for the month. It would get people looking as to why the car color is so different and they might pay more attention to it. I think it would look cool,” said Holleman on the changing of the car color from pink to gold.
“My grandmother survived breast cancer twice which is one of the reasons I run pink all the time on the car. However, you never see anyone do anything for Childhood Cancer Awareness and I didn’t even think of it until I became friends with Bonnie and her family a few years ago. You never see anyone go gold or anything for it and wanted to help bring more awareness to childhood cancer.”
In the United States, 15,780 children under the age of 21 will be diagnosed with cancer, in which 1/4 will not survive the disease. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support. The slogan “Gold is the new Pink” is used as the identifiable color of Childhood Cancer Awareness.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams head to Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Labor Day for the 12th race of the 2016 season. Holleman returns to a race track that he has already competed on this season for the first and only time on the schedule. The Midway Mobile Storage Ford Fusion team tested the week after the first race in Greenville earlier in the season and learned a lot on the set-up and improving the car for the return trip.
“I think we will be a lot better this time around. We went and tested a week after the last race there just to see where we fell off after being third on the time sheets. We found some stuff and I think we will be good this time,” Holleman on returning to Greenville.
Holleman currently sits 10th in the overall championship standings and is just 10 points out of ninth position with three events remaining on the schedule.
EVENT : Race #12 of 14
DATE : September 5th, 2016 at 5:00 PM
LOCATION : Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) / .500-mile asphalt oval
DISTANCE : 140 Laps (70 Miles)
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Event Schedule :
9:00 AM – Garage Opens
11:00 AM – Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:15 PM – First Practice Session
1:15 PM – Final Practice Session
2:30 PM – Group Qualifying
4:00 PM – Driver Autograph Session
5:00 PM – Green Flag – Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140