Sunday, January 24, 2021

Truex Jr. Wins $25,000 for His Foundation

Truex Jr. Wins $25,000 for His Foundation The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Memorial ‘High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament’ is traditionally held in Daytona Beach prior to the DAYTONA 500. However, this year the event was hosted via a virtual partnership with World Poker Tour® on January 13. 

The #NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Memorial ‘High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament’

Utilizing the World Poker Tour’s online sweepstakes-based poker platform, ClubWPT™, the tournament allowed for two playing styles to happen simultaneously – Sit and Go tables and Multi-Tables. Participating NASCAR Cup Series drivers had a chance to earn funds for their charities with the first place finishing driver receiving a $25,000 donation, the second place finishing driver a $15,000 donation and the third place finishing driver a $10,000 donation.

The final table streamed on January 22 at 5:30 p.m. on NASCAR’s YouTube channel with 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Inductee Maria Ho and NASCAR on NBC analyst Rick Allen serving as hosts and commentators.

The high stakes event featured NASCAR Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr., NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Rusty Wallace and Bobby Labonte, professional poker stars Maria Ho, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel, and actor Josh Malina, among other celebrities and participants.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, a program that aims to provide health care resources and wellness programs for children.

The final table will feature six players, including Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., professional poker player Phil Hellmuth, one celebrity Josh Malina and two participants from the multi-table, Larry Leech, and Craig Wood. The action came down to a showdown with recent NASCAR Cup Champions Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. the last two standing.

“I won, I won, I won the money.” Martin Truex Jr.

“Always finishing second to Martin! That was fun.” Kyle Busch

“We tried to do one – two . . . . and we got it” Martin Truex Jr.

“Yah the dumb racer drivers sweeped the deal!” Kyle Busch

Truex Jr. Wins $25,000 for His Foundation

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