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Sparrow Ranch on the Island Launching Grassroots Racing Campaign


sparrow ranchYORK, S.C. – (Jan. 21, 2019) – Sparrow Ranch on the Island, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christ centered ministry for those with special needs and their families, is growing its involvement in motorsports through a special grassroots campaign.

The program will partner with 55 racers from all levels of motorsport – ranging from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series to local short tracks – in an effort to bring the ministry of Sparrow Ranch on the Island to grassroots racing and NASCAR communities across America.

Sparrow Ranch on the Island has previously been involved in motorsports at several levels, including partnering with race teams in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series.

“Our goal is to work with team owners, drivers and track owners that have the same values as Sparrow Ranch. We want to invest our time and resources into those teams to inspire and encourage the world around us to live a life more pleasing to Christ,” said Sparrow Ranch on the Island founder Ricky Teal. “As the founder of Sparrow Ranch, racing has always been a rich family tradition in my life. As the doors of racing have opened over the past few years as an avenue into a mission field, God has given us a vision, the people, resources and the passion to lead by example to be a beacon of light to bring hope and share the love of Jesus Christ to all those we meet.

“After much prayer, myself and Racing Outreach Director Annie Fritz are excited to announce our racing plans for 2019. Our theme for this season will be ‘Finding Your True North.’ We have made it our goal to start at the very beginning stages of racing with our youngest racers in go karts and up through grassroots racing. From dirt track warriors to asphalt legends to NASCAR heroes, we challenge them all to search down deep and answer one question: Have I found my True North?”

Each of the 55 competitors selected for the Sparrow Ranch on the Island grassroots program – who range in age from 5 to 71 years old – will carry the Sparrow Ranch On the Island/Grassroots Racing logo throughout the 2019 racing season.

“We also are thrilled to include Tonya McCallister at MPM Marketing, whose clients will also be a part of our grassroots program, as well as Lee Faulk Racing and Development. We feel like we can make a huge impact around the country by partnering with these people to bring much needed hope, love and compassion through our many platforms in which God has entrusted us with,” Teal said. “TV, theatrical movie releases, music production, live events, social media programming and most importantly, our boots on the ground attending races to meet the amazing drivers, owners and to hear and film incredible stories of heroic faith, uplifting testimonies and to pray with the broken.

“Last but not least, we want to meet all the race fans, learn their stories, encourage, inspire and pray with them that they too will find their True North.”

Interested parties who would like to support the Sparrow Ranch on the Island grassroots racing program can contact Ricky Teal at ranch

Below is a complete list of competitors selected for the Sparrow Ranch on the Island grassroots racing program:

  • Korbin Forrister – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – Cedartown, Ga.
  • Cole Glasson – ARCA & NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – Rockwall, Texas
  • Kane Pelfrey – FWD & Late Model – Crossville, Tenn.
  • Shy McCulley – Sports Compact – Brandon, S.D.
  • Alyssa White – IMCA Hobby Stock – West Fargo, N.D.
  • Justin Frampton – Charger Class – Boswell, Pa.
  • Barry Lear – Outlaw Modified – Mabelvale, Ark.
  • Silas Holden – Beginner Box Class – Junction City, Ore.
  • Kendall Masters – 250 Outlaw Kart – Junction City, Ore.
  • Alexis Bjork – Bandolero Bandit – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Sabastian Lafia – Bandolero Bandit – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Carl Newberry – UMP Modified – Providence, Ky.
  • Darin Horton – Late Model – Lindley, N.Y.
  • Jeremiah Reed – IMCA Modifieds – Otho, Iowa
  • Kaeden Cornell – ULMA, MLRA, Comp Cam Late Model – Willard, Mo.
  • Tyler Miller – 600 Open Non-Wing & 600 Open Wing – Kokomo, Ind.
  • Christie Thomason – 360 Sprints – Holden, Mo.
  • Brian Scott Beebe – 360 Sprint – Holden, Mo.
  • Colby Burks – Stock 4 & Mod 4 – Burke County, N.C.
  • Krista Travis – Durrence Layne Street Stock – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Dean Travis – Durrence Layne Street Stock – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Noah Eisenhower – INEX Legends – Freeport, Ill.
  • Brody Sims – 360 Sprint, IMCA Modified, Street Stock, Cage Kart – Albany, Ore.
  • Jimmie “Pappie” Leonard – IMCA Modified – Ravenden, Ark.
  • Emily Cook – Mini Cup & Late Model – Corbin, Ky.
  • Gavin Marlin – Mini Outlaw & Bandolero – Concord, N.C.
  • Alexus Motes – Stock 4 & Pro 4 – Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Lee Marden – Deaf Pride Sports Compact – Fort Payne, Ala.
  • Anji Morgan Thornton – Super Trucks – Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Anthony Fiore – 410 Winged Sprint Sprint – Manheim, Pa.
  • Charlie Howell – Late Model – Mount Pleasant, Tenn.
  • Dacin’ Roberson – Legends – McLeansboro, Ill.
  • Brad Basey – Late Models – Augusta, Ga.
  • Abi Meehan – Karts, Sedans, & Mod Lites – Queensland, Australia
  • Stephen Peterson – Tractor Pulls – New Richmond, Wis.
  • Jesse Strohl – Asphalt Modifieds – Lehington, Pa.
  • Morgan Odum – Mini Cups – Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Carmen Odum – JR Mini Cups – Jacksonville, N.C.
  • Anthony Lane – Modlites & Lighting Sprints – Belton, Mo.
  • Ed Griggs – Modlites & Lighting Sprints – Pleasant Hill, Mo.
  • Riley Raynard – Hobby Stock – Lampman, Saskatchewan, Canada-
  • Rayce Mitchell – Rookie Flat Kart – Cross Timbers, Mo.
  • Jordan Wright – Rookie Flat Kart – Lebanon, Mo.
  • Clinton Dean – Factory Stock – Mountain View, Ark.
  • Alex Lyles – Mini Sprint – Memphis, Tenn.

McCallister Precision Marketing Clients:

  • Cole Glasson – ARCA & NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series – Rockwall, Texas
  • Nolan Pope – Super Late Model – Harrisonville, Mo.
  • Brody Pope – Late Model – Harrisonville, Mo.
  • Brandon Lemke – Late Models & Kart – Eagle, Wis.
  • Kody King – Bandolero Bandit – Forrest City, Iowa
  • Mason Ludwig – Late Model – North Branch, Mich.
  • Hannah Bell – Late Model – Raleigh, N.C.
  • Ryan Rackley – Late Model – Valdosta, Ga.
  • Dylan Zampa – JR Late Model – Napa, Calif.
  • Jonathan Findley – NASCAR All-American Series – Bristow, Va.
  • Kade Brown – Legend Cars – Fulshear, Texas

About Sparrow Ranch on the Island
Sparrow Ranch on the Island is a ministry located in York, S.C., founded by Ricky Teal that specializes in worship and fellowship for people with special needs and their families. You can learn more about Sparrow Ranch on the Island by visiting, liking them on Facebook at or or by following them on Twitter at @Sparrow_Ranch.