WELD and Kick-It: Knoxville Nationals Raise $115,000


WELD Teams Up with Jeff Gordon’s Children Foundation for the 3rd Annual WELD Go-Kart Spectacular


Kansas City, Mo.- WELD Racing is pleased to announce that the third annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular was a tremendous success. The event held on August 12th in Knoxville, IA had over 1,000 people in attendance. WELD Racing is proud to partner in the event with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation to support the Kick-It program that supports pediatric cancer research.


The WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular featured NASCAR champions, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, as well at 17-time Sprint Cup winner Kasey Kahne, and Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson. The professional racers battled against 50 race fans in Slideways’ fastest winged karts. As a sponsor of the event, WELD was given two seats in the race. WELD auctioned one seat $1,000, and donated the other to Kyle Robinson, a 16-year old cancer survivor who loves racing and was able to put his skills to the test against the racing legends. When asked how it was to race against some of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Robinson replied, “It was great!”


Kasey Kahne came away with the checkered flag, but the real winner was Kick-It. The Go-Kart Spectacular on Wednesday raised over $50,000 for pediatric cancer research. The event was so successful that WELD has already pledged their support for the event in 2016.  

There were several other great events as part of the Kick-It during the Knoxville Nationals. On Tuesday evening at the Dingus Lounge there was a celebrity dunk tank, where Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, Bryan Clauson, Danny Lasoski, Shelby Harper, Lauren Stewart, AJ Mottet, and Kendra Jacobs were sent into the water for donations. WELD was part of the fun on Thursday, when Kyle Larson was the celebrity bartender at the Dingus Lounge as part of WELD Racing Day at Dingus. Kyle tended bar and took photos with fans during the afternoon and all his tips went to support the Kick-It Foundation.


Finally, on Friday the third annual Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup kickball game took place. The teams played five inning kickball games, again with all proceeds benefitting childhood cancer research. The kickball game was followed by a live and silent auction with over 90 items available for bidders. WELD donated a custom made clock that sold for $2,900 in the live auction. The second place bidder wanted the collectible so much that he pledged an additional $2,900 if WELD would make him a clock as well.


The total raised all week at the Kick-It: Knoxville Nationals was over $115,000.