Hall of Fame Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn was joined today by his NASCAR friends for the annual Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament benefitting The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The event is annually held on the infield lake at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“We are thrilled to have our title sponsors Rader Farm, Montana Brands and Rocky Mountain Twist that have allowed us to take this tournament to the next level. Our friends at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR and the drivers are the people who help us make the Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament the most unique event in sports. Each year they enable us to raise much needed funds for The Buoniconti Fund and the paralysis research at The Miami Project and provide a new wheelchair for an amazing young man who was unfortunately paralyzed,” said Darrell Gwynn.
More than 28 years after his last National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) win, and the accident that left him paralyzed, the Darrell Gwynn Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund donated a custom wheelchair to 21 year old Jacob Hernanddez, who was paralyzed last year in an ATV accident. The new wheelchair will allow him the opportunity to be more mobile, continue working, and attend college while continuing his rehabilitation.
NASCAR driver Regan Smith’s team won with a three fish total of 5.23 pounds, and the largest fish of 1.97 pounds was caught by Clint Bowyer. Additional fishing tournament participants included: Richard Childress – Team Owner, Martin Truex, Jr., Bobby Allison, David Blaney, Michael McDowell, Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Tony Stewart. Presenting Sponsors were Rader Farm, Montana Brands and Rocky Mountain Twist. Tournament partners and sponsors included Homestead-Miami Speedway, Bass Pro Shops, Bass Online, Homestead Hospital (breakfast & lunch) and Hook & Tackle.
The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund: In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund supports SCI research at The Miami Project and education and prevention programs. www.thebuonicontifund.com/darrellgwynn