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How Gander Trucks teams, drivers have helped during pandemic

All Out Motorsports: Korbin Forrister

All Out Motorsports partnered with American Health Care Association, Georgia Health Care Association and Florida Health Care Association to recognize Nursing Home Heroes.

During the Atlanta race week, drivers will be visiting a nursing home in Atlanta delivering “Thank You Hero” packets to staff and residents. With tracks closed to public, drivers are showing appreciation for their fans. Drivers will remain outside the facility due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Front Row Motorsports: Todd Gilliland

Love’s Travel Stops, a partner for Front Row Motorsports, is providing bonuses and meals for employees that continue to work during the COVID-19 outbreak. Love’s is also offering additional paid sick time for employees.

To help the youth who depend on daily school resources, Love’s donated $100,000 to the United Way of Central Oklahoma COVID-19 Response Fund, earmarked for services provided to youth. During March 27 to May 31, the company gave more than 20,000 free drinks to first responders and medical professionals as a small thank you to those battling the virus.

Halmar Friesen Racing: Stewart Friesen

Halmar International, a heavy civil construction management firm and partner in Halmar Friesen Racing, purchased and donated 32,000 pounds of food to four different food banks in the New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The firm utilized members of the Halmar Friesen Racing team and the team’s hauler to deliver enough food for approximately 27,000 meals for vulnerable regions. Driver Stewart Friesen will run a paint scheme at Atlanta with the outreach name and logo, “Racing to Beat Hunger.”

Hattori Racing Enterprise: Austin Hill

Hattori Racing Enterprise hosted four iRacing charity events between March 28 and May 1 to benefit, a non-profit organization that provides nourishing meals an encouragement to those in need. Several drivers participated including Austin Hill, Max McLaughlin, Derek Kraus, Ryan Truex, Stewart Friesen, Brett Moffitt and Landon Cassill. Jacob Seelman from Speed Sport News and Hannah Newhouse served as commentators for two of the events. Overall, the events raised $1,114 for FeedNC.

Kyle Busch Motorsports: Christian Eckes

Kyle Busch Motorsports and driver Christian Eckes utilized their team’s 3D printer to build visors, a critical piece for face shields used by workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 response. The team’s 3D printer can produce 10 visors per day.

Niece Motorsports: Jeb Burton

Jeb Burton, driver for Niece Motorsports, partnered with God’s Pit Crew and Carilion Clinic to package 500 meals and 500 backpacks for children in the Roanoke City Public School system. Each meal box contained several meals, snacks and drinks and each backpack was packed with toiletries and blankets for children in need. God’s Pit Crew, based in Danville, Virginia, is a non-profit, faith-based crisis response team of over 700 volunteers who wish to serve others in their time of need. Carilion Clinic is a non-profit integrated healthcare organization that provides care for nearly one million Virginians and West Virginians.

NEMCO Motorsports: Joe Nemechek

NEMCO team owner, Joe Nemechek, was active in the creation of a new testing booth with family-owned Chek Industries, Inc. Mark Chek, owner of Chek Industries, and his brother Joe Nemechek partnered with the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center to build a custom designed and fabricated diagnostic testing booth to help those on the frontlines of COVID-19.

The booth allows a hospital staff member to step inside — no personal protective equipment required, though it can act as a secondary layer of protection — and place their arms into the rubber gloves fixed to the portholes. They can then collect a swab or sample from the patient and place the specimen into a bag. The rubber gloves can quickly be disinfected and ready for the next patient, without the need for the healthcare professional to do a complete change of PPE.

Reaume Brothers Racing: Angela Ruch

Angela Ruch, driver for Reaume Brothers Racing, lost her father-in-law, Robert Carl Ruch, to COVID-19. Ruch honored her father-in-law, an Air Force Veteran, with a special paint scheme at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Angela made history in 2019 by becoming the first female in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway.

Reaume Brothers Racing created RBR Graphics amid the pandemic to keep our employees employed during a time of uncertainty, and having NASCAR put on hold. The team started making social distancing decals and signs to help businesses stay in compliance with CDC guidelines, as well as their respective state procedures. As an effort to help and give back, part of the proceeds are being donated to COVID-19 relief charities/efforts

Levrack, partner for Reaume Brothers Racing, used its pallet racking storage unit (which helps utilize space by using a tracked pallet racking system) to help build a mobile COVID-19 testing center for Bryan Medical Center. They also sold over $1,000 of T-shirts and gave their profits to local relief efforts.

GMS Racing

GMS Racing held a food drive for families of the students at Celeste Henkel Elementary, a Title 1 school in Statesville located near the race shop. During the COVID-19 disruption, many students’ families were affected financially. The school opened a bus where families could pick up breakfast and lunch during the week, but the teachers and staff were concerned that for many of the children, that was their only meals. Many students were only receiving those two meals and were not eating dinner during the week or at all on weekends.

GMS donated to a food pantry opening up at the school where families pick up additional food if needed to stock their pantry and the students are able to have access to a healthy meal during a time of increased financial uncertainty. The donated items will provide snacks and meals for more than 60 families in the community that may have gone hungry otherwise.