Frank and Patti Booker not only enjoyed the rewards of a racing win Saturday in Victory Lane at Dunn Tire Raceway Park but also a gift far more precious then that. They celebrated the gift of life with the presence of their 2-year-old grandson, Aadyn Booker.
Moments earlier, the Booker Racing Team had won the Summer Slam 100, marking the team's third consecutive Sportsman race triumph this season at the track.
Far more significant, however, was the fact that Aadyn made his first ever visit to the raceway Saturday after he scored the biggest victory of all -- dealing with life-threatening complications and resulting transplants that have saved the youth's life.
Aadyn was born Dec. 15, 2008, with his small intestines outside his body and due to the resulting complications, he needed a transplant of his small bowel, pancreas and liver. Following the transplant, so far, so good.
"That picture they just took of my wife and me and my grandson in Victory Lane means everything," said Frank Booker. "It means a lot to have him in that picture.
"Aadyn just underwent a triple transplant a year ago at Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital. He's doing great. Right now everything's good. He goes for visits every six months to Pittsburgh and, thank God, everything's going well so far."
All is well with Frank Booker's race team, too.
Booker is a former driver turned car owner. During this past offseason, he made a deal with the talented Bobby Holmes to be his new driver. So far the combination has clicked.
"Bobby has done a great job," said Booker. "He can really drive a car and sets the car up great. He does everything himself and I think that's very important for a driver to be able to set up the car and know the feel for it."
After his former driver, Jonathon Price, took a leave from the sport due to family matters, Booker went searching for a new driver. Holmes was also seeking a new team and the deal was made this past winter.
Holmes dominated the Summer Slam 100 Saturday, taking the lead from Tom McGrath on lap 11 and never looked back, winning by several car lengths.
"I'm having a blast driving for Frank and Patti," Holmes said. "They're good people. Now with Original Pizza Logs, Unique Fitness Boxing and Gor-Den Automotive we have what we need in funding which is everything these days. We now have three wins in a row and will be looking to make it four next race."
Another happy victor at Dunn Tire Raceway Park Saturday was Jake Lyon, who passed Matt Druar while in the backstretch on lap 17 and went on to take his first checkered flag of his career in the 25-lap Street Stock main event.
"This feels good," said Lyon. "I just saw Matt get loose when I was right behind him and I just stuck the car under him and gave it the gas and got by him. Here I am."
The top Super Stock racer this season at the Lancaster track is Kyle Sharpe, who now has captured the first two Super Stock events of 2011. He pretty much dominated Saturday's 20-lap affair from the pole.
"I was starting to bottom out and they were starting to catch me but we made it," said Sharpe. "I want to dedicate this win to my father who is sitting up in the stands. So Happy Father's Day."
Elsewhere, defending Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex NASCAR Pro Modified champion Mike Fiebelkorn Jr. recovered from his clutch problems and an accident at Holland a week ago, to emerge victorious this past Saturday evening.
Casey's TQ Midget Racing Series veteran Wayne Turnbull rolled his car down the backstretch on the fifth lap at Holland after clipping the rear tire of Andy Jankowiak. Turnbull walked away from the frightening incident under his own power. For the second week in a row, Camden Barber won the Casey's race.
When Doug Eck took the checkered flag Saturday night at Stateline Speedway, it marked the sixth different Super Late Model feature winner this young season at the Busti dirt track.
Ransomville Speedway will race this Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., hosting the rain postponed Investors Services Triple 50's for the 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks. Rain wiped out the event on May 20.
Billy Bleich Jr., now has won the last two Street Stock features at Humberstone Speedway. Modified veteran Luke Carleton won the FASTRAK Crate Late Model main event Friday at Humberstone.
Val Stephens, Mini Stocks, and Brian Kotarski, 360 Late Models, each have a victory after the first three races this season in their division at Raceway 5.