WHITTEMORE – Legend Cars from Michigan and several other states will be coming to the area for the Nichole Réne Northern Nationals 2021 event at Whittemore Speedway.

Set for this Saturday, June 26, gates will open at noon and the race – featuring 55 laps – will begin at 7 p.m.

In the event of rain, it will be pushed back to Sunday, June 27, at 1 p.m.

According to organizers, Nichole “Nikki” Réne LaFreniere-Abbott was diagnosed with triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer in 2017, at the age of 31.

They share that Nikki had a love for racing, but particularly loved the Legends, since her brother races one.

Unfortunately, Nikki lost her battle in 2019, leaving behind her husband, Jay, and son, Rayland.

In honor of Nikki, all proceeds raised during the event at the speedway will be donated to two local families battling this horrible disease.

The gate fee for attendees will be $15. Children age 6-12, as well as seniors, will be charged $10. Adults can also choose get a pit side seat to the show for $25, while children will be charged $15 for these seats.

The event will also feature bike giveaways for the youngsters (donated by the drivers), raffles, a 50/50 drawing and more.

Those participating in the race will have a shot at several prizes,  as well, which are listed as follows:

• First place, $5,000, donated by Tammy and Matthew LaFreniere.

• Second place, $2,000, donated by C&S Drywall.

• Third place, $1,000, donated by Redfield Builders.

• $800 in trophies, donated by Hemphill & Schirmer.

Additionally, organizers note that $600 will be donated to the oncology department at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City.

As a reminder for the racers, practice will be held this Friday, June 25, from 2-10 p.m.

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