Racing Turned Pink: The Real Reason For The Pink Paint Schemes

Tom GCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

Breast cancer is a serious issue among our friends, family, and even, if you're in the large group of people that actually contract this deadly disease, ourselves. Breast cancer is among the top 10 causes of death for women in the United States. Early detection is key in surviving breast cancer and Nascar is doing all they can to make sure women check themselves regularly for it.

Nascar drivers are people too, they have family and friends, all of which have the same vulnerabilities to this disease as any of us. The issue of breast cancer and early detection is just as personal to them as it is to us. One driver in particular sporting a pink car this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Elliott Sadler, is one particular driver who has been affected by it the most. Sadler's mother, Bell, contracted the deadly disease in 2007. Bell survived the cancer but left a desire in her son to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. Sadler, among many drivers, has become very vocal in the past years concerning breast cancer awareness.

A total of five cars will be sporting pink this weekend for the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Not a favorite color among drivers eleven months of the year, it takes on special significance for the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. The choice of a not so "manly" color for a paint job can only be driven by a cause much bigger than the drivers themselves. Drivers running these pink paint schemes include Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler, Bill Elliott, Michael Waltrip, and Bobby Labonte. However, the purpose of this article is to not only bring attention to these cars and these drivers promoting this great cause, it's for women to bring attention to themselves. I want every woman, after reading this article, to check themselves, and if you feel something abnormal, say something to your doctor. If this article save one life, it has done its purpose.

Women, stay safe and check yourselves regularly and if you are a women over 40, make sure to get your yearly mammogram. If you do not do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones. Elliott Sadler is one of many, many people affected by this disease and that number needs to be shrunken. Enjoy the race, and think of the meaning behind those awesome pink paint schemes you will see on Saturday night.