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June 20, 2006

Local Racing Star Looses Son In Tragic Pool Drowning

by Bill Green

Bradenton based Anderson Motorsports and the Anderson Automotive Repair garage are still in shock. They will be for a while. Todd Blevin's son, twenty-three month old Landin Blevins drowned in his mother's backyard pool Saturday afternoon around 4PM.

Todd Blevins, is a racer. Todd, 30, lives in St. Petersburg, FL and was preparing for the Fast Truck Pro race to be held Saturday night at Charlotte County Speedway. He drives the #52 Anderson Automotive sponsored Medieval Motorsports "Conquering The King" Special. When tragedy strikes a racer's family, it strikes his surrounding racing family as well.

A racer's son is somehow meant to follow in Dad's foot steps in the local racing world. Accomplish what his father couldn't. Achieve what Papa fell short of in the southern racing world. So this, as is any pool drowning of a toddler, is a tragedy that can not be over come. It can not be made right by hard work and perseverance. You can not set the world straight by paying a fine or doing time. This family's destiny is to morn the loss of an innocent life taken. To soon and at to young an age, most will say.

The following excerpts are from the local racing message board at Karnac.Com. The tributes are genuine and from the heart of an extended racing family, to the hearts that are bearing an unbelievable pain. God Speed Landin Blevins!

The string begins (string: a term used by Internet message boards for the subject matter discussed in the chronological thoughts of posting visitors)

(original post, 6/18/2006 at 7:22 AM) Tragedy Strikes Danny Anderson Racing of our FASTRUCK Series. Todd Belvins lost his two year old son yesterday with a pool accident. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Todd and the whole Anderson Racing Team. Please say a pray for our fellow racer. (signed: Fast Truck Series)

(reply) Wow. What a tragedy to happen right at Father's Day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to that family! (Signed: +++BJ+++)

(reply) Todd... I cannot tell you how my heart hurts hearing of your loss. you and your family will be in my prayers. I know the FASTRUCK FAMILY will be there to comfort you and I pray God will help you deal with your pain. (signed: carol wicks)

(reply) Pray board members........pray.The pain must be unbearable...(series: Ford Racer)

(reply) You are in our prayers. Our hearts go out to your family. (signed: speed angle)

(reply) Losing someone is always difficult. Losing a child has to be downright catastrophic. My thoughts are with you. (signed: Frasson118)

(reply) Todd I know how you feel as I lost my 2 and a half year old daughter in an accident. My heart breaks for you and we will be praying for you and your family. Father I pray for your peace to come over this family at this time.Put your loving arms around them and hold them all together. I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen! If we can do anything please let us know. (signed: Chaplain Bill and Erika Ross)

(reply) To Todd and his father and mother, Wayne and Mickey Blevins, our hearts and prayers go out to all of you in this most hurtful and heartbreaking time. There are no words to say to ease your pain, and I know that your mom and dad will be right there with you thru it all, and that their hurt cannot be described. May the Lord give you the comfort and peace that only He can give you and know that our entire family will be praying for you and your family. With Much Love to Old Friends, (signed: Sandi Naughton and the entire #0 SLM Rich Pratt team)

(reply) To Todd, Wayne & Mickey - I am so very sorry for your loss.I cannot imagine what you are going through. If there is anything I can do for you, please call. (signed: Kenny Alderman)

(reply) Todd, it was good to see ya Fri night(at practice) but we are truly saddened to hear about your loss..... (signed: Sean & Chris)

(reply) Todd we cannot tell you how deeply saddened we are to here about your loss. Please know that we are all thinking about you,your family,and your extended family at Anderson racing. (signed: Foxworth Flyer Motorsports Team)

Send your cards and letters of encouragement to: Todd Blevins Family, c/o Anderson Automotive, 601 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Thank You for your prayers!

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