Beat The Heat, a non-profit organization comprised of police officers and firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars to gain the interest of the public, now allows Jr. Dragster drivers who have family members in emergency services or law enforcement to join the organization.
Both Beat The Heat and the NHRA Jr. Dragster programs have a common goal in educating youths about illegal street racing, drinking and driving, teamwork, and texting and driving, which are all primary educational goals of Beat The Heat. The Jr. Dragster program also has a focus on illegal street racing and teamwork. Of course, texting and driving affects everyone.
Through the years, Beat The Heat has met many parents and family members of Jr. Dragster drivers who were involved in emergency service (fire and EMS) and law enforcement. These families have shown interest in working together with our program to achieve a common goal.
Under the new BTH Jr. Dragster program, the family member who meets the criteria for membership in Beat The Heat may join. The Jr. driver will also be able to join with a half-price membership.
The Jr. drivers will share in the responsibility of submitting the required BTH quarterly to include events, expenses and sponsorship information. All Jr. Dragsters must meet all of the NHRA requirements. They will be required to display a BTH logo with a 4-inch minimum on their car adjacent to their NHRA numbers.
Unlike the other members, their vehicles are not required to have emergency vehicle lights or graphics. However, if the agency of employment of the family members allows them to display those graphics, BTH proudly endorses this.
It is the goal of Beat The Heat to allow much more interaction between the two organizations. This will also allow the Jr. Dragster BTH members to participate in the BTH events around the country.
Beat The Heat has teams representing the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The Beat The Heat teams conduct on average 700 plus events annually worldwide and come in direct contact with more than 1.5 million youths.
The members of Beat The Heat are excited about the future of this expansion and feel that this will only enhance our goals as well as our relationship with NHRA.
Interested parties can contact the board members listed below.
Lt. Tom Brown, President
Lt. Tommy Hansen, Vice President
Officer Jim Harris, Secretary/Treasurer
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The announced field of intensely competitive personalities includes actors Alfonso Ribeiro, Robert Patrick, and Mekhi Phifer; former NFL and Olympic athlete Willie Gault; Olympian Dara Torres; and musicians Mark McGrath and John Rzeznik.
Brown will be in the Pro division, which will start 30 seconds behind the others.
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“We want to welcome Kangaroo Express to the Jim Dunn Racing family and thank them for their support,” said team manager, Jon Dunn. “Throughout the years, we’ve come to count on Kangaroo Express Stores for their great customer service. It’s a great place to stop and shop when travelling on the road.”
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“We are headed back to NASCAR country this weekend and it was great to see some NASCAR drivers and spend time with their fans. One of the cool things I saw was the people with signs that that said ‘Thanks Jeff!’ which as a great show of respect for Jeff Gordon. I got to spend the most time with Clint Bowyer and our boss Bryan Emrich, the chief marketing officer Old World Industries,” added Force.