TJ Muths will be back behind the wheel of his 360 winged sprint car on Sunday, just like he has been for many weekends at Double-X Speedway, but this weekend he is racing for more than just points or the chance to take home a trophy.
Muths has put together ‘Racing for a Reason’ on Sunday, to help bring awareness to and raise money for autism.
“We’ve been sending emails, sending letters to every organization to get them to help,” he said.
Muths is hoping the race will draw 50 or more drivers, slightly more than a usual weekend. Muths had shirts made for the race and will raise money through proceeds from the shirts as well as an auction during intermission.
Autism is something that hits home for Muths.
“My cousin has autism and I thought about what better way to help out than to have a fundraiser to raise money to help out,” he said.
Muths has been racing for 16 years and in that time has gotten to know the other drivers and the track owners at Double-X Speedway. He described the group as a big family.
“They were all really excited about it and really willing to help,” he said.
This is the second year he has put together ‘Racing for a Reason.’ In 2014, drivers and race fans helped raise $2,541.75.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Sunday with hot laps starting at 7 p.m. at the track in California. Muths will be on the track for the 360 winged sprints race, hoping to boost his 13th place spot in the points, but also hoping fans come away from the evening more aware of autism.
“I want them to be more aware and knowing that it is a disorder out there and knowing that children (with autism) can’t help whats wrong,” he said.