Post Falls driver donating race winnings to tornado victims

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 11:51 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- A racecar driver in Post Falls is racing for victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Joey Bird, 17, donated $300 of his winnings to Oklahoma tornado relief so far. The State-Line Speedway raised $1,050 for the Red Cross with Bird’s donation and a 50/50 raffle they held.

Bird said his goal is $5,000 total.

“There’s no glory for me. I just want to help and get everyone else to help,” Bird said. “It’s a good feeling that my friends and family are willing to help. Now we’re just hoping we can help if we can.”

But the drivers do not make a lot of money from their victories.

“We spend a lot out of our own pockets each week,” Bird said. “There’s not a lot to keep up with. Our gas and tires mostly, but we’re all willing to help. It doesn’t matter if we make money.”

“It gives you a little joy inside,” said Ryan Wells, another driver. “I think it’s a good cause what they got going. Tornado. That’s rough.”

Wells didn’t know about the fundraiser when he got on the track last Wednesday. He and his family were more than willing to support the cause.

The donations will pool through the end of June before all of it is sent out to the Red Cross.

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