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DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway is set to present Cressona Fire Company No. 1 in Cressona, Pa. with its very own Miles the Monster trophy on Saturday, Dec. 10 after the group was declared the winner of the Firehouse Challenge contest at the Speedway during the Oct. 2 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Along with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Monster Mile challenged fire companies to see who could get the largest group of firefighters to attend the NFFF Firefighter Appreciation event at the race. The winner receives an exact model of the unique Miles the Monster trophy to display at their firehouse for one year. The monster trophy is the same award that winners of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races receive after a victory in Dover.
Dover International Speedway has partnered with the NFFF for four years to create a special hospitality event for firefighters and their families prior to each fall’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The trophy contest is the newest addition to the partnership, and to date the Monster Mile has donated $305,899 to the NFFF.
The Cressona Fire Company was able to gather 35 participants, winning the contest, and will be presented with their trophy in a day-long celebration beginning with a 2 p.m. parade through Cressona, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
“We are humbled and honored to accept this award and trophy from Dover International Speedway and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” said Leroy Long, vice president of the Cressona Fire Company No. 1. “We would like to thank the management and all the hard-working staff at Dover International Speedway for working with the NFFF by donating a portion of ticket sales to them so that they can continue on with their mission. We look forward to next years race so that we may again challenge for and win the Firehouse Challenge.”
The parade will begin at the Cressona Mall and travel through town, ending at the firehouse at 59 S. Second St., Cressona, Pa. 17929, where the Company will be awarded the trophy by Dover International Speedway. More than 45 vehicles, led by Dover’s official pace vehicle, will participate in the parade.
The Monster Mile will host the Firehouse Challenge again at next year’s “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, set for Sept. 30, 2012. Tickets for that race, as well as the rest of the June 1-3, 2012 and Sept. 28-2012 race weekends, are now on sale. For more information, call 800-441-RACE or click here.
About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers. The NFFF also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line-of-duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, contact us at 301-447-1365 or visit www.firehero.org.