Newman NASCAR in Orangeburg to help Boy Scouts | Sweetened

TRAVIS BOLAND T&D Sports Editor

After a two-year hiatus, Super-Sod CEO Jim Roquemore decided it was time to bring back his annual fundraising event to help the Boy Scouts of America.

“I grew up in Scouting,” said Rockymore. “My grandfather gave the group camp in South Georgia (Camppatten) and my dad always gave the Scouts. I felt like it was time to step back and see if some of my friends might come and collect a little money during a good time.”

This year’s event was led by race car driver Ryan Newman, who spoke about his time in Boy Scouts, his NASCAR career and his future at the Superstar Racing Experience.

“This is just another way to give back,” Newman said of participating in the event. “I was a Boy Scout, and I realize there are kids looking up at me. It’s important to be able to give back and make a difference. I have good friends who give me the ability to come here and be a part of this.”

Newman recalled the time he spent in the Scouts and the lessons he had learned, including how to be a good leader.

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“The only thing we’re missing at the moment is real leadership,” Newman said. “I feel like (Scouting) taught me to be a leader by learning how to keep going. Learning to lead is one of the most important things in life.”

Newman began his career in the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series in Phoenix. Over the past 21 seasons, he has racked up 18 wins and about 270 wins in the top ten. Darlington called his favorite trophy race track.

“I am a fan of any racetrack where you can use both pedals,” Newman said. “Race tracks like Talladega and Daytona are wide open and you drive with one hand. The more influence you have as a driver, the more I like him.”

In March, Newman announced that he would be participating in the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), a six-week racing series featuring a lineup of drivers.

“(SRX) is for runners like me,” Newman said. “I wouldn’t say has-beens, but people who made something out of something. It’s a race dedicated to television and it’s a lot less political than NASCAR.”

SRX is entering its second season and features former NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip and Bill Elliott and last year’s SRX Champion Tony Stewart.

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“I watched a little bit of the series last year and it sounded very interesting,” Newman said. “There has been a lot of good reviews from both the drivers and the fans. It’s a much more advanced race with all the cars on an equal footing.”

Despite not owning a car this season, Newman has yet to announce his retirement from NASCAR.

“Have you finished racing full-time in the Cup Series? It might sound like it, but who knows?” Newman said. “I can go out and win all six (SRX) races and get a call from a team. Everything happens for a reason, and I’m going to accept that for what it’s worth.”

Rockymore’s friend Hank Jones was instrumental in bringing Newman along with actor/comedian Bill Murray to the event. Murray shook hands and posed for pictures with the attendees. Both men were provided with chiseled axes from the local Scouting Division.

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“You made a great friend at Jim Rockymore,” Murray said when asked about his attendance. “My accent gives me away. I’m obviously not from here, but I’ve met some extraordinary people through Jim Rockymore. Some wonderful, brilliant people who are kind and wonderful.”

Rockymore said he hopes to raise $115,000 through the event, which has nearly 100 participants.

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“(Scouting) teaches you independence while still being part of a unit,” said Rockmore. “You learn how to achieve goals, and it requires sacrifices. My grandson is a Cub Scout, and this is just my way of giving back to this very important program that teaches values, patriotism and other characteristics that people need. I just want you to play a small role in helping.”

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