Mayor’s need for speed to help charity

Clovis Mayor David Lansford knows he can’t single-handedly win the race to find the cure for diabetes — but he’s willing to help.
Driving a “limited modified” stock car, Lansford will participate in “The Mayors’ Shootout Against Diabetes” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tech Motor Speedway in Lubbock. He’ll race against mayors from Lubbock and Amarillo as well as personalities from several area radio and television stations.
The reason for the race is diabetes. It’s being held in honor of racer and promoter Don Stroud’s mother, Frances “Mama” Stroud, who died of diabetes in March. Tech Motor Speedway will donate $2 to the American Diabetes Association from each $7 front gate ticket.
Ever the competitor, Lansford said he was entering the race with three goals: to honor Frances Stroud, earn money for diabetes — and to bring home a trophy. He said two members of the Clovis racing community — Jim Phillips and Jim Hough — encouraged him to enter. He said he’s raced one time before, but is still far from a veteran.
“The best advice I’ve gotten is ‘Drive it like you just stole it,’” he said.
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