The Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Outdoor Channel are teaming up to deliver a one-hour charity special for TV.
The program will showcase the foundation’s "Hot Rods & Reels" annual celebrity fishing tournaments, sponsored by Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, which bring together NASCAR drivers and their fans to fish for charity and the chance to win $1 million.
The TV special will capture the action of two Hot Rods & Reels tournaments staged during the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15 and the Daytona 500 Weekend at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14.
Among the participating NASCAR celebrities: Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, team owner Richard Childress and Darrell Waltrip. These men and other members of NASCAR will partner with an angler to cast away for the biggest fish in infield lakes stocked with peacock and largemouth bass.
Proceeds from the events will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit that donates custom wheelchairs to children and young adults and advocates for spinal cord injury causes. The tournaments also benefit the Speediatrics pediatric centers at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. and Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Joining Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in sponsoring this event are Bass Pro Shops, Sprint, Hook & Tackle, Bass Online, Plano, and Triumph Headwear.
“This special blends two of our viewers’ favorite pastimes: motorsports and fishing. It offers them the opportunity to get up close and personal with celebrity NASCAR drivers through our one-on-one interviews,” said Outdoor Channel COO Tom Hornish in a statement. “Additionally, Hot Rods & Reels enables us to expand our brand in the realm of motor sports and raise awareness for a remarkable non-profit organization.”