The Bozo Look
After With WPSA announcer Mark Straubanger
Springville, TN (July 25, 2007): What started
out as a friendly "hair for win" challenge
between Team Rockstar/MSR/ProTaper/Suzuki/Yoshimura
and David Screws, the publisher of ATV Racin'
Extra, escalated into a full blown benefit drive
during the WPSA's AMSOIL Wild Cat Open
Championship round in Rossville, IN on July 21st
After raising almost $13,000 to help the
family of Chris Earlywine, who had passed away
recently due to heart complications, at an
auction benefit on Saturday evening, the word
spread throughout the Pro, Amateur and Youth
pits about the Suzuki/Screws wager. Once it was
learned that the publisher's hair was at stake
if Suzuki won the SuperQuad Pro 450 feature
race, the buzz around Sunday's events became
"I'd pay money to see that."
With this in mind, the wagering parties went
into negotiation mode and came up with a plan.
Screws would have his head shaved, regardless of
whether Suzuki won or not, if the people could
raise at least $1000 for the 88LiveToRide and
Mobile Medical Unit funds. This offer created a
frenzy of donations and before one could sharpen
their clippers, the deal was sealed.
At high noon, hundreds of racers, families,
friends and fans gathered around the Suzuki rig
and watched as the publisher's hair was sheered.
Ryan Cox, mechanic for Team Suzuki's Chad Wienen,
had first shot at the white locks since he and
Wienen were the instigators of the original
friendly challenge. Cox's "BoZo" the clown cut
proved a crowd favorite but quickly disappeared
as Shannon Miller, a WPSA staff member and race
mom, gave Screws a little more respectable style
to his now considerably shortened "hair do".
When all was said and done, the "Benefit
Buzz" had raised well over $1000 for the
88LiveToRide and Mobile Medical Unit funds and
had sent friends of the publisher in search of
sun screen for his newly exposed scalp.
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