For the past handful of years, The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has auctioned off race-used, autographed steering wheels as a fundraising program to generate awareness and funding for childhood and ovarian cancers.Like with many things in 2020, COVID-19 had other plans.“We planned on doing that again and keeping that going but with COVID it was turning into a big problem to get the steering wheels because they’re made in Italy,” Truex Jr. told NASCAR.com.The brains at the MTJF got together and devised an audible, working with The NASCAR Foundation to implement the Honor A Cancer Hero program, an online auction to put the names of cancer victims, survivors, medical personnel and caregivers on the signature panel of cars in this weekend’s races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. September is childhood and ovarian cancer awareness month, and those nominated will get the chance to “ride” with their favorite drivers.MORE: MTJ Foundation, The NASCAR Foundation team upIn total, the joint effort netted more than $90,000 after seeing more than 50 drivers across all three national series donate their signature panel above their driver and passenger side windows – where their name typically lies.“Kind of had to shift gears there and come up with another idea and the people at the Foundation came up with this. It’s a great idea and it’s worked well and just really thankful for everybody that participated and for NASCAR getting involved.“From the teams, the sponsors, the drivers, everybody that allowed us to do this, it’s really special. Obviously, it’s been a tough year to raise money for the Foundation and this is a way to hopefully try to make up for some of that.”The NASCAR garage is a tight one, and it’s not uncommon to see the collective join together for the greater good. The drivers, the crews, the teams … they’re all competitors. Causes like this, however, transcend sport.MORE: See the cancer heroes being honored“I think we’ve seen it time and time again, you know? It doesn’t matter, if somebody is up against something or somebody is going through a bad time or trying to raise money to help other people, I feel like as an industry we always get together and help each other any way we can,” Truex said. “We’ve seen it in the past and as a person who helps run the Foundation, I’m just really thankful for everybody that participates.“Not surprised at all, but very thankful as always.”
Related Topics The Cavs decided to have some fun with their intro music on Friday night, as it was Hardwood Classic night and the team wore the orange jerseys of the 1980s era Cavaliers.The sounds of Rick Astley, great dance moves and outfits straight out of Rick James’ closet made for a blast from the past featuring the defending champs.Enjoy.Cleveland Cavaliers 80s themed intro is legit pic.twitter.com/t0idiDKTKJ— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) December 10, 2016 Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Garrett Richards has joined the Angels in Texas and could be activated within a few days, which would be a surprising acceleration of his rehab. General Manager Billy Eppler said Thursday night that the Angels simply wanted to have their medical and baseball staffs give Richards a full evaluation in person before deciding his next step. Eppler said it’s possible Richards could return to Triple-A for at least one more start, or he could join the Angels rotation. The first day he’d be able to start at any level would be Monday. “It’s possible,” Eppler said of Richards’ pitching in the majors next week. “Nothing has been determined.” Richards threw 40 pitches in two innings on Wednesday night at Triple-A in Tacoma, Wash. It was his first game since he came out of his first start of the season with what was later diagnosed as biceps nerve irritation. He didn’t even throw until after the All-Star break, and had been building up slowly. Manager Mike Scioscia said they could activate Richards and put him in the rotation even if he could throw as few as 60 pitches, because the expanded September rosters would allow them to cover the extra work out of the bullpen. It would seem to be a stretch to even get him to 60 in his next outing, particularly in the major leagues, but the Angels might give it a try. Their rotation has been decimated by injuries, with Matt Shoemaker out for the season and now Alex Meyer out too. Meyer felt some discomfort in his shoulder while throwing on Wednesday, so he’ll be shut down and go back for another evaluation, Eppler said. The setback ends any chance of Meyer returning to pitch in the regular season, Eppler conceded. JC Ramirez, who is also shut down with an elbow issue, also might not be able to pitch again this season. Quick hitsThe Angels added Fernando Salas to the 40-man roster, indicating that he will join the club on Friday in Texas. Salas signed a minor league deal with the Angels after he was released by the Mets. He pitched three scoreless innings at Triple-A Salt Lake City. Meyer was moved to the 60-day disabled list to create a roster spot for Salas.