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OSP drivers take a turn for Weiss
A helmet to collect donations for burn victim Chris Weiss makes its way through the crowd at Oglethorpe Speedway Park. - photo by Photo by Angela Mensing

More than $1,600 was raised this weekend for Gulfstream explosion victim Chris Weiss and his family.

Fans at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park deposited $1,335 into either collection jars or helmets during the Friday night races. Weiss, who use to race in the J.D. Byrider 440s, was rookie of the year in 2007. Friend and fellow racecar driver Mike Rogers approached OSP about raising money to help the family.

On Saturday, Weiss’ coworker Jason Dasher and his wife Crystal held a yard sale and cookout raising $295. In addition, they also have two $20 Western Sizzlin gift certificates and one $20 Piggly Wiggly gift card for the family.

“We had some gift certificates that we were going to use as door prizes, but nobody wanted to stay for door prizes,” said Crystal Dasher of Creative Times Charities. “So we decided to just give the certificates to the family.”

Weiss is at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, recovering from burns that covered 26 percent of his body, 18 percent of which were third degree.

Dasher said they are still accepting donations for the family. If anyone is interested in helping out, they can call her at (912) 704-1583.