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NASCAR Cup: Jimmie Johnson helps paint wall pink at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson (left) is among the individuals painting the Charlotte Motor Speedway pit wall pink for breast cancer awareness on Sept. 27, 2017 (photo courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway).

Jimmie Johnson (left) is among the individuals painting the Charlotte Motor Speedway pit wall pink for breast cancer awareness on Sept. 27, 2017 (photo courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Several NASCAR drivers, other NASCAR dignitaries and breast cancer survivors gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday for the fourth-annual “Paint Pit Wall Pink” event ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). The group used 150 gallons of paint, 200 paint brushes and 200 paint rollers to paint the track’s pit wall pink ahead of the October race weekend at CMS that will include the Oct. 7 Drive for the Cure Xfinity Series race and the Oct. 8 Bank of America 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Among those participating in the 2017 event was seven-time and reigning Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

“I have friends who have had breast cancer and I’m a father of two daughters, so it’s important to spread the word about early detection,” Johnson said. “To be a part of something so positive is a great thing.”

Other NASCAR drivers participating Wednesday included Xfinity Series drivers Justin Allgaier, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Hemric, Ray Black Jr., Jeremy Clements, Spencer Gallagher, Cole Custer, Michael Annett and Blake Koch.

“To come out here and raise awareness for (breast cancer) means a lot,” Wallace said. “This is my third year coming and I’ve seen some familiar faces. It’s good to see them and see how they’re doing.”

NASCAR broadcaster and former driver Hermie Sadler served as event emcee.

Also during Wednesday’s event, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina presented a check for $60,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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