Racing for kids

Saturday’s race was a homecoming of sorts for series sponsor Nationwide Insurance, which is headquartered about 30 miles from Mid-Ohio. Ohio’s capital city also is home to the race sponsor and children who have undergone treatment for cancer were the guests of honor.

Thirteen children were paired with drivers who hail from or live near their current hometowns and those drivers carried the kids’ names on their cars. Hoods or pieces of sheet metal from those cars were scheduled to be auctioned after the race with all proceeds benefitting The NASCAR Foundation.

Nine of the children attended the race and Nationwide Chief Marketing Officer Matt Jachius thanked drivers and teams during the afternoon meeting for donating a combined $650,000 in sponsor space on their cars.