Racers expected Friday night at Epping fundraiser
EPPING — Members of the racing community are expected to turn out in force Friday night to raise money for Danville race car driver Seth Stickney, who broke his neck in a crash at Lee USA Speedway last month.
The fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Post 51 in Epping at 7 p.m.
Stickney was injured on Oct. 12 when his car struck a concrete retaining wall head-on between turn 3 and 4.
The 34-year-old who has raced throughout the Northeast for more than 20 years broke his neck in multiple places and after being hospitalized in Boston is now at home and must wear a neck brace.
Stickney, who remembers seeing the wall and the moment he slammed into the wall, knows he’s lucky that he survived the accident.
“I had doctors tell me that I was unbelievably close to being paralyzed,” said Stickney, who drives a roadrunner/outlaw mini stock race car.
Heidi Brown of Epping organized the fundraiser to help Stickney as he faces the financial burdens in the wake of the accident.
Brown said her 24-year-old son, Bill Osborne, is also a racer and is close to Stickney.
She witnessed the horrific accident and had flashbacks to the night when her brother, Fred Brown, 29, was killed in 1985 after hitting the same wall during a race at the Lee speedway.
Tonight’s fundraiser will include a live band, food and raffles. Tickets will be available at the door.