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SATURDAY & SUNDAY - OCTOBER 13th & 14th, 2018
THE SHANE HAMMOND MEMORIAL
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Stop by the display on the Thompson midway during the World Series.
2018.... Just another year to most but for me & Anthony (Bug) it's a milestone of heartache & memories. Shane's fatal crash was a cold April day in 2008 at Thompson. There was chaos all around the crash site and complete silence in the stands. It did not look good yet we held onto hope as many prayed.

He was just 27, wheeling the car of his dreams, the #4 Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro NEMA midget which he had shaken down on many occasions. He felt proud and privileged that day to be chosen to wheel this ferocious machine. He was living his dream especially with Nokie as his team mate, he loved that man and how he shared all his inside information about each track they ran together. Shane was respected and loved by the NEMA family and he shared all he had heart & soul with everyone in the club.

Randy & Shane had a special relationship as they met while Shane was dating his sister, Toni. They had heard of each other through the racing channels. Glenn & Randy put him in his first midget at the Waterford Speedbowl and there it began. Glenn was like a dad to Shane, master and student, working side by side wrenching, learning and enjoying each other company for years.

Shane had racing in his blood, he was born into it and started at an early age in karts like most. He had a nickname Smoothie at the High Groove Speedway in NH and he learned to love the high line which many drivers fear. He grew at his sport but Lady Luck was not kind with many mechanicals with his lower budget operation. He never gave up, never lost that smile or will to help anyone who asked. He had an old soul, a kind heart and a good word for all. He believed there was more to life for him after cheating death with emergency brain and spine surgery at age 15.

Shane was 38 last month. There were no candles or birthday songs just the memories of years past. He entered the kingdom of Heaven doing what he loved, there is no more pain and suffering for him. We were blessed to have him in our lives.

... that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:15)

Please think about the stories you shared with Shane or the stories you have heard about him. If you have never had the chance to hear about Shane, ask any of the veterans or his brother, Anthony who idolized him for his strength and tenacity and his humor!!!

Please take the necessary precautions to be safe and never Drive faster than your Angel can fly.

To our Angel, Shane..... God Speed to all.

Honoring Shane's memory is The Shane Hammond Believe Foundation at 501 c 3. Our goal is to assist racers with safety equipment. We are funded by private donations and fund raising efforts. This season we have t-shirts, long and short sleeve, sweatpants, hats, books and A 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY sticker available for purchase. Please help us keep all drivers safe with education and equipment.

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Anthony Marvuglio to Compete at 
Thompson's World Series of Racing 
in Memory of Brother, Shane
In a midnight oil meets Cinderella story, it was learned at 2:30 AM that Anthony Marvuglio, brother of Shane Hammond, will compete in the Lites portion of the Northeastern Midget Association's event this weekend at the Thompson Speedway World Series of Racing, driving his brother's yellow #37. The last time that the car saw a competition event, was ten years ago - the day Hammond was tragically killed.

"He was just 27, wheeling the car of his dreams, the #4 Mike Jarret, Nokie Fornoro NEMA midget which he had shaken down on many occasions. He felt proud and privileged that day to be chosen to wheel this ferocious machine. He was living his dream especially with Nokie as his team mate, he loved that man and how he shared all his inside information about each track they ran together. Shane was respected and loved by the NEMA family and he shared all he had heart & soul with everyone in the club," said Hammond's mother, Deb Marvuglio.

It wasn't until two months ago, that mother, Deb, and younger brother "Bug" or Anthony, decided to put back together the yellow #37 machine that Hammond last drove. It was with the help of Danny Cugini and his family, Randy Cabral and many long nights that saw Marvuglio working til 2 AM out of his trailer, that got the car done for this weekend's event. Cabral, was a special friend of Shane's, - a best friend, and his father, Glen, like a second father to Shane.

"Randy & Shane had a special relationship as they met while Shane was dating his sister, Toni. They had heard of each other through the racing channels. Glenn & Randy put him in his first midget at the Waterford Speedbowl and there it began. Glenn was like a dad to Shane, master and student, working side by side wrenching, learning and enjoying each other company for years," said Hammond's mother.

When the NEMA Lites hit the track this weekend, all eyes will be on the Marvuglio/Hammond #37.

KART KLASH VIII
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2018
Proceeds of the event benefit the
Shane Hammond Believe Foundation

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DEEPER MEANING
I had the opportunity to attend some races this past week that carry more meaning than “just another race”. We call them “Memorial Races”. These races help us remember competitors and others connected with our racing community. Who is on your mind today? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For racers numbers are as significant as words; #00, #1, #3, #7ny, #37, #61, #76 to mention a few. Many of our lives have been built around these numbers. There are many memories, stories, laughs, cries and encouragements that come to mind when we reflect on these numbers. They are milestones in our memories of those who hold a special place in our hearts.

Hebrews 12:1-2a;(NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Remembering the endurance of others helps us continue on against the obstacles we face every day. Those that are gone too soon do not leave us alone; they leave us with their example. They encourage us to continue on.

I remember being in Victory Lane for the Shane Hammond Memorial. Shane left us in the prime of his life, but he didn’t leave us alone. He left a deep impression on our hearts. His life, the difficulties he overcame, everything he endured just get into a racecar. I still can see the smile on his face. We joke about it often, but Shane was living the dream.

I shared Victory Lane with his mom that Saturday night. The joy on her face as she presented trophies to the winners in Shane’s honor. She truly was letting his memory supply the strength for her to carry on. She not only is living life, but she is using her life and effort to help others be safer as they race through the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation.

Sometimes I wonder how difficult it would be to carry on if one of my children died. I wonder where the strength would come from. I think of Shane’s mom, Deb Marvuglio, and I know I’ll have someone to emulate.

Deb took the time to pour out her heart, to share what is really going on behind her smile and effervescent personality. As I share this with you again reflect on the meaning of the numbers in our sport. What have they meant to you? How can a number mean so much? I could not find better words to convey their meaning.

“37, is it just a number?”

“The number 37, what does it mean to you? To me, it’s not just a Midget that was transformed over the years from black to white to yellow & blue. The 37 was a dream that became a reality for my son, Shane. A young man who had an infectious smile and bright blue eyes. Shane learned about risk and reward and much more by 15. An amazing karter whether it was dirt or asphalt, he had a handle on it.

Fast forward to 15, emergency brain and spine surgery where the risk is death and the reward life; but what kind of life was yet to be determined. Shane survived and with determination like no other. He fought through pain and the odds against him to get back to karting. When the pain became too much he looked for a car that offered more suspension and protection from the grueling jarring of karting. NEMA that was the ticket; that was the open wheel racing of choice.

Shane crewed with the Cabral’s and that magical day they let him take out their car at Waterford, he beamed as he climbed out. There was one person missing that day, his grandmother (his biggest fan, Betty).

We looked at each other and he said, “She’s here, she didn’t miss it”.

Those magic moments continue as his brother Anthony “the Bug” Marvuglio experienced that feeling at Waterford on more than one occasion. Bug has expressed, “Mom, he was in the car with me”, referring to Shane. Waterford is a magical place for me and my boys.

Back to the 37, not just a number, a tribute to Shane’s Grandfather, Jack Glockner a man that helped Shane live his dream every step of the way. Shane and Jack (Pa) worked side by side and Pa bought him that last 37 from Bob Bradbury another NEMA legend that was taken too soon.

So as you get ready for the Shane Hammond Memorial, please think about the risks, the rewards and the price; is it all worth it, are you making the right choices. Every race is a risk, life is a risk. Shane’s last race, in the Jarret #4, was a reward to him, he felt respected, excited, and worthy. He knew he could do whatever it takes. Sometimes our days don’t go as planned and that one day in April, God had other plans; He took Shane out of his painful body and gave him eternal life….. For whosoever believeth…..shall have eternal life. (John 3:15)”

Deb Marvuglio, Shane and Anthony’s mom, Shane Hammond Believe Foundation

Life holds deeper meanings for all of us. We think we have it all figured out. We think we know what tomorrow brings. We don’t. We do not control the hand of God. As we remember those who walk before us, who show us the right and wrong, who lead us through this life, remember there is a deeper meaning to all this.

Romans 10:10; (NLT); For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

We are looking forward to the season ahead, Please consider helping us make every effort to reach out. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.    www.rwjm.com
 
Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan - $20 includes tax from SHBF
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What compels a young man or woman to spend ungodly amounts of money driving a racecar every weekend at the local track, risking life and limb at 150 miles an hour, entertaining friends and total strangers? Author editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart had to find out after witnessing the tragic wreck that killed Boston-area driver Shane Hammond at Thompson International Speedway. This non-fiction book explores a slice of American culture, the short track racing obsession, and how the author became a fan as a child, bedridden for a year by rheumatic fever with only his imagination, pencils, and watercolors to pass the time. The author writes about his parents’ divorces and remarriages during an era when divorce was rare, giving him and his brother Tim a stigma in their neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The author discovers the extraordinary motivation behind Shane Hammond’s desire to race by a chance encounter with his mother and younger brother in the pits at the last race of the season. Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan is about love of family in spite of the complexity and confusion it may involve and the author’s working class heroes on the track. This isn’t NASCAR; this is your neighbor.


About the Author:
Bob Englehart is the editorial cartoonist for the Hartford Courant and lives in Connecticut with his wife Pat McGrath. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. He's syndicated worldwide by caglecartoons.com.

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