NASCAR and Linemen
Before NASCAR fans gather for the big Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at the Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, they’ll be treated to a competition that drives the purpose of the race home. This year Chad and Amy Dubea, founders of The Fallen Linemen Organization, have brought yet another event to draw attention to the brave guys who keep the lights on for us.
Climbin’ for Linemen 2016
The Inaugural “Climbin’ for Linemen” competition will show the world that these guys work harder, climb higher and still take time to honor the fallen and respect the families of the lost.
To Remember the Lost
At 9:00 am Saturday, as the sun shines down on the gathering masses, thirty linemen will assemble at the infield near Turns 3 and 4 and gear up for their memorial climb to honor the fallen.
Twenty-nine of these climbers will raise themselves up the pole in memory of the twenty-nine linemen who died in the line of duty in 2015. The thirtieth climber represents all fallen linemen.
Climbing for a Purpose
Sponsored by Bevins Co. and Buckingham Mfg., all proceeds will be donated to the Fallen Lineman Organization. Fallen Linemen Organization’s mission is to memorialize fallen electrical line workers, and care for the families who have lost or are impacted by a severe injury of a loved one in the line of duty. They strive to consolidate accident and injury information to share openly for a safer work environment.
The thirty climbers will race to the top of the pole to compete to win first place through fifth place – with all the winners getting the opportunity to take part in the pre-race climb to hang the American flag.
The grand prize is mind-blowing, with a 4-night trip for two to Mexico at an all-inclusive resort, a championship belt, two Dream Day passes to the race and a photo opp with the race winner in Victory Lane!
Whether you can make it there or not, don’t forget to watch for the race results!