NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Bubba Wallace stop by B.B. Owen Elementary School for a special presentation to the winner of Lionel Racing’s “Design A Die-Cast” competition. The school welcomed on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program.
After the school’s top readers were acknowledged, fourth-grader Xaiver Gooden was announced as the overall winner of the competition among the 5,000 students and 10 DFW schools competing this school year.
Gooden’s design, which was pink, blue and green, was themed “Cure Cancer 2017” and had blue ribbons for colon cancer awareness. The crowd became emotional when Gooden explained to the audience that his paint scheme was a tribute to his two grandmothers, one who recently died and the other who was on hand for the presentation along with his parents and several other family.
“I just don’t know what to say,” he said. “I’m speechless.
Gooden’s design will be included in Lionel Racing’s commercial NASCAR Authentic die-cast line featuring all the cars of the sport’s stars that is expected out in December.
Lionel Racing Director of e-Commerce Thomas Deboyace said this event was something the company looks forward to every year.
Picking the winner wasn’t an easy task.
“All the cars were great but this one specifically being a child that was attached to cancer and had been affected by it- it was really good how he did it on the car in honor of his family member, ” Deboyace said. “It was phenomenal.”
Gooden’s car will be available in major retail outlets.
“First time ever they are going to be at Walmart, Target, Toys ‘R Us and our NASCAR authentic line,” he said.
Proceeds from his car sales will be donated by Lionel Racing and the NASCAR Foundation to a designated charity in Gooden’s name.