Release the Hounds
The No. 83 recently earned its first victory of the season, only the win came on the hunting fields of North Carolina rather than 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
On Oct. 29, Red Bull Racing’s director of competition, Elton Sawyer, spent his Saturday afternoon at the Yadkin Valley Hunt Club, where folks ride horses and hunt fox. Ten hunting hounds were “auctioned” off to help the club raise money. Bidders, of course, did not keep the dogs.
Using a NASCAR theme, each hound was numbered with a little shoe polish. There were the Nos. 83, 84, 9, 07 and 88, among others. Sawyer saw something in one pooch and let his money ride.
“After the weekend at Kansas,” Sawyer said, “I felt like the 83 was due. So I put my money on the 83.”
A fox scent was scattered around a course about the length of a furlong or two, and the hounds were cut loose to race. Guess who came in first? That’s right — the No. 83, with the No. 84 earning a podium position in third.
The auction earned nearly $1,200 worth of kibble. Check out some images at www.yadkinvalleyhounds.com.