Race fans came together Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway in honor of a fallen friend.
Last weekend, news broke that 2-year-old Brenton Hall of Ararat, Virginia, passed away after health complications July 25. It was news that no racer wanted to hear, but the racing had to go on.
Before the heat races began at Friendship, all racers took the track with orange balloons for a four-lap tribute in his memory. Racers like Jordan Sands and Shawn Oliveira both noted how in times of tragedy that people can lend a helping hand. Sands decided to wrap his car so that the roof of his car, where the number normally goes, would feature a photo of Brenton in his memory.
“We do it in remembrance for him to show that he had a great life and great perspective on it,” Sands said. “He brought so much happiness, and did so many good things for us in the racing community.”
“We’re all one big community,” Oliveira said. “In the end we’re all together and do what we love.”
For Friendship General Manager Jason Atkins, the feeling of family was a big part of why the tribute occurred.
“We all have family, and we have our racing family, and when you’re able to tie both together and honor someone’s life, it’s an honor. We’re here for the racing, but most importantly, we’re here for each other,” Atkins said.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.