NASCAR driver Daryl Harr teams up with former NFL kicker in anti-bullying campaign

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Nationwide Series competitor Daryl Harr has become the first NASCAR driver to get involved in a major anti-bullying campaign.

Harr will work with former NFL kicker Nick Lowery to speak out against bullying, and it appears that a program targeted around NASCAR events will be taking shape.

“We know that clinical psychologists agree that part of the reason that the tragedy at Columbine and other school shootings has happened has sometimes been preceded by a toxic environment where the varsity athletes were the only ‘cool’ ones in school and sometimes made others feel unimportant and damaged their sense of value,” Harr said in a press release.

“Nick and I want to help varsity athletes all over NASCAR Country stand up for the marginalized kids in the shadows of schools. That’s what Nick and I will be doing in schools in NASCAR communities.”

Lowery enjoyed a 19-year-career playing for the Patriots, Jets, and Chiefs; in fact, he is still the all-time leading scorer in the Chiefs’ history. But he has also distinguished himself off the field as well.

In addition to holding a graduate degree from Harvard, Lowery played a role in launching Americorps for former President Bill Clinton and The Points of Light Foundation for former President George H.W. Bush. He also received the NFL’s top humanitarian award, the Justice Byron “Whizzer” White Award, in 1993.

His Nick Lowery Youth Foundation has created multiple youth leadership programs and puts an emphasis on getting varsity athletes across the country to do their part in breaking the culture of bullying.

Dan Ticktum wins crash-marred FIA F3 World Cup in Macau

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Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.

This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.

“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”

On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.

“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.

“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”