STATESVILLE, N.C. – Last week, Martin Truex Jr. was in victory lane at Kansas Speedway.
This week, he was center stage on a runway in Statesville.
Fellow NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and many others joined Truex on the catwalk.
Wednesday was Truex’s eighth annual “Catwalk for a Cause,” and event that raises funds for kids like Camden, who are still battling or have beaten cancer.
“That’s what is really so special about the event,” Truex said. “They are the show. They’re the stars of the show.
“The people can see the difference they make and the lives they are affecting.”
That’s what got Aric Almirola out just days after a scary crash where he was cut out of his car at Kansas. Almirola, the driver of the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports, suffered a fractured vertebra in his back, but being a part of the catwalk was a priority.
“When you put things in perspective, what I’m dealing with is irrelevant,” Almirola said. “I’m in a little bit of pain, but it’s going to pass. These kids are superheroes.”
It wasn’t just drivers giving their time, though.
Country music group Florida-Georgia Line performed their ACM single of the year “Holy” with the catwalk heroes.
“I think it’s going to be one of the most unique experiences that we’ve had performing that song and getting to share in the moment with those kids,” said Tyler Hubbard.
And surrounded by drivers who succeed by going fast, it was a great night to slow down and enjoy every little moment.
“This is icing on the cake to add to the week,” Truex said. “It’s just a special night.”