Stewart-Haas Racing team wins NASCAR Fitness Challenge Powered by Lilly Diabetes

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Stewart-Haas Racing won the 2018 NASCAR Fitness Challenge Powered by Lilly Diabetes, earning a $15,000 donation to its charity, while Roush Fenway Racing won $5,000 for its charity after winning the social media competition.

Ten teams competed Thursday at the plaza outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, riding stationary bikes in teams of four riders. Joe Gibbs Racing had four teams competing; Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Fenway Racing had two each; and Richard Childress Racing/Germain Racing and NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity each had one team.

“We got a ton of NASCAR teams participating and a lot of crew members out tonight,” Roush driver Ryan Reed said. “Just thank you to Lilly Diabetes and all the NASCAR teams for participating in this.”

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Reed, who drives the No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford in the Xfinity Series, competed in the fitness challenge this year, but was a coach for the 2018 event as he was preparing to practice on Thursday at the Charlotte road course.

SHR’s chosen charity is ABC of NC, a school for children who have autism or other special needs. Roush’s charity is JDRF, a global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

CycleBar instructors conducted the relay race, and SHR won the $15,000 donation — and bragging rights — by generating the most power points during the competition. Roush won the social media challenge by gaining points every time a fan commented or liked its posts with the #NASCARFitChallenge hashtag.

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