Published on April 7, 2014 by Samford JMC student Griffin Benton  
Darrell Waltrip Fox NASCAR Broadcaster

Samford University’s Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Department and Talladega Superspeedway will host NASCAR hall of fame inductee and Fox Sports “NASCAR on Fox” analyst Darrell Waltrip for a special public event at the university April 15.

Waltrip will speak in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall, from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. He will then take part in a meet-and-greet event in Ben Brown Plaza until 12:45 p.m. The event will include food, contests, giveaways and photo opportunities with the Talladega Superspeedway pace car and a vintage stock car. Members of Talladega Superspeedway’s staff will also be available to answer any questions about the May 2-4 race weekend. Student tickets for the race will be available for $19.

Also at the April 15 event, Samford JMC students will host a fundraiser for Feed The Children, a Waltrip-supported philanthropy that provides hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. Talladega Superspeedway is offering NASCAR memorabilia for silent auction and donations will be accepted on-site.

All activities are free-of-charge and open to the public and media.

 
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