Drivers donate racing fees

All eight drivers in Saturday's harness racing regionals at Fraser Downs pledge their support to the Surrey Association for Community Living.

Hometown heroes Mike Hennessy

This weekend as Western Canada’s top harness racing drivers compete for a spot at the nationals, they’ll also be racing for a very good cause – the Surrey Association for Community Living.All eight drivers competing in Saturday afternoon’s 2011 Western Regional Driving Championship at Fraser Downs are donating a percentage of their racing fees.Fraser Downs, host of the eight-race competition, says it will match the drivers’ donation.Hometown heroes Jim Marino, Mike Hennessy and Dave Hudon will be up against Alberta’s Gerry Hudon, Brandon Campbell and Keith Clark, Saskatchewan’s Glen LeDrew and Dallas McKee of Manitoba at the Feb. 26 championships.The first race starts at 1:15 p.m.Top drivers in terms of standings determined who would be heading to the regionals, which are a precursor to the National Driving Championship competition. Ken Stratton, new General Manager of Fraser Downs, worked with his marketing staff to ensure drivers and their families enjoy their stay over the Feb. 25-26 weekend. Each driver will receive a VIP package and their families will be invited to the Clubhouse or Homestretch dining areas to watch the live races – plus they’re invited to a post-race dinner celebration on Feb. 26.The top two Western drivers advance the nationals this May at Prince Edward Island’s Red Shores Racetrack.The 2011 World Driving Championships will be hosted by the U.S. Trotting Association at five different tracks in the New York area July 31 to Aug. 5.The Surrey Association for Community Living describes Measuring Up as a collaborative process that engages persons with disabilities, local government, the business sector and other community leaders to assess and improve local accessibility and inclusion in Surrey.

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