(BELLWOOD, Ill.) - Kurt Busch and the No. 97 Rubbermaid/Sharpie Ford struck "silver" at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, driving the special Sharpie Metallic Silver marker paint scheme into victory lane. While Busch leaped to second place in Winston Cup series point standings with the win at Bristol, the fans at the event helped raise $5,000 for Sullivan East High School.
Sharpie markers donated the money to the school that in October and November of last year temporarily closed its doors due to a potentially hazardous black mold problem. During the weekend, approximately 5,000 fans signed a wall where Sharpie donated $1 for every signature.
"What a great weekend for the kids at Sullivan East and Sharpie," said Greg Stoner, vice president and general manager of Sharpie. "We would like to congratulate Kurt and his team as well as thank all of the fans who helped us raise the money for the school. This couldn't have turned out any better - we combined the hottest driver with the hottest new Sharpie marker, got a win and at the same time gave back to the Bristol community."
Sharpie matched the gift to the school with a donation to Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), a nonprofit organization that touches approximately 200,000 youth in need. Checks were presented to both the school's principal, Mary Rouse, and M/General Thomas M. Sadler, USAF (ret), executive director of SCC prior to Sunday's race.
Sharpie markers kicked off the fundraising effort at an assembly at Sullivan East on Thursday, March 20. Busch and Larry McReynolds of Fox Sports were among the featured guests. The assembly was featured in both broadcast and print media, including Fox Sports national coverage of the race.
Sharpie will return to Bristol Motor Speedway in August for the third running of the Sharpie 500. Busch will once again feature the Sharpie Metallic silver marker paint scheme.