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Citrus County Speedway designates “Race to the Walk”

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on August 2, 2018

The Citrus County Speedway has announced that its winged sprint car race scheduled for August 11, 2018, will be designated “The Race to the Walk” to encourage all of its fans to participate in Citrus County Walk Aware to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Family Organization.  As part of the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series, it will bring the top drivers, best teams, and fastest cars to the popular track located at the Citrus County Fairgrounds between Inverness and Floral City.

Speedway Marketing Director Tony Modica reports, “We’re going to ask all of the drivers to fly purple ribbons from their cars, and we’ll have people there from the Alzheimer’s Family Organization to provide information about the Walk and how to get involved.”

Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s will take place in Floral City on the morning of October 20, 2018.  For an entry fee of $25, participants can take a historical walk through the town, a nature walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail, or both.

Modica continues, “For many fans, the winged sprints are their favorite.  These 730-horsepower open-wheel racers can reach 120 plus miles per hour and their drivers are known for their spectacularly close racing.  Fans always turn out for this great show, and as a business dedicated to building tourism in Citrus County, we are proud to connect this race with the worthy cause of Alzheimer’s Awareness and raising funds for the AFO.”

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization is a regional non-profit charity that dedicates its resources to caregivers for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  It serves eight west-central Florida counties, including Citrus County.  AFO Executive Director Kathleen Winters states, “There are an estimated 6,700 people in Citrus County living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  It is a difficult disease that often requires around-the-clock care, and our mission is to serve and provide resources and support for these caregivers.”

Winters continues, “We are thrilled that Citrus County Speedway has stepped up to support our annual walk.  The AFO receives no state or federal government support, so much of what we do is dependent upon the generous support of businesses that sponsor and generate publicity for our fund-raising events.”

For more information about the Citrus County Speedway, schedules, and other classes that will be running August 11, go to

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Family Organization and the Citrus County Walk, including how to enter on line, go to

Photo Caption: Citrus County Speedway Marketing Director Tony Modica helps driver Shane Butler attach a purple ribbon to the roll cage of his winged sprint car.  Butler, from Bushnell, is from a racing family that includes his father and another brother. He is one of the area’s most popular drivers and has earned 40-plus career victories.  


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