At this fall’s Dover race, the two joined up to raise money for the new Delmarva Council Boy Scouts of America’s scouting camp that will be built on the former Kesselring Farm, off New Burton Road in Dover. Scouts sold tickets to the race and a portion of each ticket went for the camp.


NASCAR and the Boy Scouts of America might not immediately seem like two groups that belong together, but every Cub Scout knows the thrills of victory from his time racing in the Pinewood Derby.

At this fall’s Dover race, the two joined up to raise money for the new Delmarva Council Boy Scouts of America’s scouting camp that will be built on the former Kesselring Farm, off New Burton Road in Dover. Scouts sold tickets to the race and a portion of each ticket went for the camp.

Tom Trafton of the Delmarva Council said the race is a great opportunity to promote and showcase Boy Scouts to the 150,000 people who will pass through Dover International Speedway this weekend. It also allows the Boy Scouts to go to the race.

With each adult ticket sold, a Boy Scout can attend the Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide series, Saturday, Sept. 25, for free.

Trafton said scout reaction has been incredibly positive to the idea.

“Kids who are true NASCAR fans are excited to go and another equal amount have never experienced a race but also are excited,” he said. “I talked to a dad yesterday who said he’s never even watched a race, but his son is excited, so he’s going.”

Bryan Anderson, 11, of Wilmington, is one of those scouts who will be at the track.

“I’ve been going since I was 9 months old. I’ve been going for a long time,” he said of the races. “I just have a favorite driver and I like going to the races and seeing who wins.”

Bryan said he doesn’t know if he’ll be doing anything Boy Scout-related at the races, but he does know some of the Cub Scouts from his old pack are going.

Overall, the council is pleased with the response.

“We didn’t know quite what to expect, whether it would be 10,000 kids or 1,000 kids,” Trafton said.

It’s mostly likely going to be less than 1,000 scouts at the race, he added, but it was still good for a first time event.

Mark Rossi, vice president of sales and marketing at Dover International Speedway, said he hopes they can keep the partnership going for many years, whether it’s at the spring or fall race.

Originally, the council came to the speedway for a cash donation for the camp, but Rossi said Dover International Speedway wanted something where scouts could get involved and take ownership.

Email Jayne Gest at jayne.gest@doverpost.com.