In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Holly Cain tells her story The reality of my diagnosis as a cancer patient set in this summer during a rain delay at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway . While race teams and fellow reporters scrambled to change travel plans and make dinner arrangements, I took a deep breath, looked around the emptying media center and remember distinctly feeling very alone with my secret. Just before shutting down my computer to return to the hotel, I Googled "How to tell your children you have cancer." That was the moment when it all hit me. I am one of those people that never catches a cold. And all of a sudden, after feeling a sizable lump in my breast three weeks earlier, I was caught up in a surreal whirlwind of mammograms and ultra sounds and biopsies and jaw-dropping bad news with every test and doctor visit. In the midst of it all -- a week before the Daytona race -- I had asked my doctor to delay giving me some results by one day because I was scheduled to travel to the White House to cover NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson 's meeting with President Obama. The doctor gave me a huge grin and conceded that was the best excuse he'd ever heard to postpone an appointment. On Wednesday, July 2, the day before I left to cover the Daytona race, I received the full diagnosis. I had advanced stage breast cancer and faced an aggressive -- honestly, frightening -- treatment plan. But the scope, gravity and magnitude didn't immediately set in. I didn't even cry. I didn't know what had hit me. The understanding flooded in during that computer search in the Daytona media center, on what seemed an appropriately rainy summer afternoon. As everyone else was packing up their computers, their minds grappled with where they would eat dinner or if they could change a flight to accommodate the race postponement. Mine was on my family. For me, the very thought of sharing my news with my precious 11-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son in the coming days was so gut-wrenching it made me physically ill. I felt so utterly guilty -- and still do -- of my diagnosis robbing them of their innocence and of the carefree days of childhood they deserved -- a time when they shouldn't have to worry about their mom being sick. Or worse. I was supposed to worry about them, not the other way around. Before her diagnosis, Holly Cain ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with her daughter, Sydney, in honor of former Atlanta Motor Speedway Marketing & Promotion Director Marcy Scott. Sydney finished third overall in the 5K, then scored three goals in a soccer game later that afternoon. As online resources and my doctors advised, I very calmly explained in simple, but appropriate and truthful terms, that doctors had found a tumor and that I would need a couple of operations. I explained that I would need special intense treatment called chemotherapy and that it would make me tired, extremely sick to my stomach and after a few weeks I would lose all my hair. But, I promised and reassured -- enough to convince myself -- that, even as I wasn't feeling well physically in the next few months, I would still be their "mom" and that my spirit would stay strong. I swore I would get better. The apprehension and anxiety showed on the kids' faces, but they asked good, thoughtful questions. I could tell their minds were racing trying to make sense of it all. And somehow, instead of this moment completely breaking my heart, my children reinforced my heart. My son, always practical, wanted to know if I would lose my eyelashes and eyebrows because, he said, they served as a natural protection against raindrops. My daughter wanted to know if I would still be able to run in our local Susan G. Komen 5K. She and I had run the race together for years in honor and memory of dear friends suffering from breast cancer. As it turns out, my friend and colleague at NASCAR .com, Kate Davis, organized "Holly's Hotties," a team of co-workers and friends (including some dear people I've yet to even meet) to run the Komen Race for the Cure earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kate raised more than $3,000 for the cause thanks to the heartfelt generosity of so many at NASCAR .com and friends in the NASCAR community. I still have two more rounds of chemotherapy remaining and I'm glad to report that my eyebrows and eyelashes are still mostly intact. And while they do keep the raindrops from falling in, they don't work as well keeping the tears from dropping out. But the tears now aren't just due to fear and pain. They flow because every single day I am reminded how blessed I am. I genuinely feel that way. Whenever doubt and anxiety creep up, I try to instead think of what I have to be grateful for and glancing at my "thank you" to-do list is overwhelming. I simply cannot keep up with the notes owed to so many. Amazingly, I have yet to meet someone not affected by breast cancer on some level -- a friend, a relative, a co-worker. It sounds cliché, but I find myself stopping to take in the beauty in each day. I don't sweat the small stuff. And as fellow cancer patient and fellow journalist Steve Byrnes of FOX Sports has reminded us all, you have to live in the present. Byrnes -- one of the first to call me and offer support -- along with fellow cancer patients, such as former driver Shawna Robinson and Sherry Pollex (longtime girlfriend of Martin Truex Jr .), surely know what it is like to be surrounded by a NASCAR community that doesn't just care deeply, but gives generously and is committed to making a difference. Clint Bowyer's sponsor 5-hour Energy, which allowed him to put my name on his No. 15 Toyota this month at Kansas, is donating at least $200,000 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Danica Patrick 's sponsor, GoDaddy, also placed names (including mine) on her car last week at Martinsville, Virginia, and handed the National Breast Cancer Foundation a check for $50,000. So many others have participated in the month-long push for breast cancer awareness. Elliott Sadler , Greg Biffle , Kyle Busch , Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne are among those who have driven pink cars. Dale Earnhardt Jr . has used pink driving gloves. Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano have helped paint track walls and curbs pink. And as Breast Cancer Awareness month wraps up this week, I wanted to share my own very personal story of diagnosis, treatment, hope and, most of all, gratitude. Gratitude for a network of friends that have been bringing my family dinners, sending me cards and flowers, lovingly crafting chemotherapy "care baskets," handling soccer practice carpools. And gratitude for an extended NASCAR family that has rallied around me in huge and humbling ways, from text messages, Twitter well-wishes and long phone calls of support. I am forever indebted for the smiles on my children's faces as I officially became the "coolest mom in the world" with my name on race cars representing the thousands others fighting to survive this pervasive disease. Fortunately, there is another condition even more widespread -- the spirit of kindness and generosity. Pass it on. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Keep tabs on the action at Texas Motor Speedway RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota This weekend brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Texas Motor Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 is on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge is on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN. The Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 is on Friday, Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out this weekend's schedule . For TV times, see this week's TV schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Texas. NASCAR .com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard , Nationwide Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here or there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. For all the information you need on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, check out Chase 101 for an easy-to-follow guide -- Texas is the second race in this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Eliminator Round. Fans can also keep up with how their fantasy Chase Grid is doing here . We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @ NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races with 10 HD live race views, including six in-car cameras as well as a backstretch camera, pit road camera and more. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio . On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR .com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions, for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag for all three national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR .com throughout the week for the latest news. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Host of 'The Amazing Race' talks about NASCAR and more It's hard to imagine CBS could have found a better-suited host for its Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series "The Amazing Race" than 47-year-old New Zealander Phil Keoghan. Keoghan grew up traveling the globe with his parents, and a near-death experience while scuba diving at age 19 inspired him to make exploring outside his comfort zone a way of life. That road began when Keoghan returned to dive the site of his mishap. Since then, he has scuba dived caves, cycled across America, climbed mountains and set a bungee-jumping world record. Keoghan turned his mantra, "No Opportunity Wasted," into a bestselling book that has since expanded to include a television show, energy bar and events that raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis. The 25th season of "The Amazing Race" kicked off with 11 two-person teams in Times Square on Sept. 26. Working for a living "I believe in the idea you should look for a job where you get paid to do the things you love and that your job is something you would want to do regardless if you were paid or not." Modern phonemes "In the beginning, I was asked by the network to tone down my accent. But that was 2000. The world has changed a lot since then. It isn't as big of an issue in 2014." Growing pains "We were in Hong Kong and 'The Amazing Race Asia' contestants were running to catch a flight as our contestants were running through the airport to catch a flight. It was quite bizarre. Anyone watching must have thought, 'What the hell is going on here?'" What comfort zone? "It's inherently human to push yourself outside your comfort zone. All of us have an extreme gene, D4DR. Over the years, we have found ways to protect ourselves from the very things that were inherently part of surviving. Yet, we all crave risk. That's why I think we artificially manufacture risk via shows like 'Survivor' and some of these extreme events." Hurts so good "The pain of completing the book went on longer than the ride across America. The physical suffering of the ride was way worse. One was a sustained pain over a long period of time, and the ride was 40 days of pain." Ballin' "I love rugby. I played and continue to follow it. The New Zealand national team is coming to America in November, and I have an invitation to go to the game." Britten V1000 "I used to be neighbors with John Britten, who was an absolutely revolutionary motorcycle designer whose bike won at Daytona. Unfortunately, he died very young, in his 40s, from cancer." NASCAR "I did the Richard Petty Driving Experience. I was doing a piece with Dr. Phil where I took somebody out to achieve their goal of driving a stock car. I think we got up to 145 mph. I also competed in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Get the full lineup of NASCAR programming for the week RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET Monday, October 27 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m., The 10: NASCAR ’s Most Bizarre Moments (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Tuesday, October 28 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7:30 p.m., The 10: Greatest Comebacks in NASCAR History (re-air), FOX Sports 2 9 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville (re-air), FOX Sports 1 3 a.m. (Wed.), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Martinsville (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Wednesday, October 29 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Thursday, October 30 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBC Sports Network 5 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7:30 p.m., The 10: NASCAR ’s Wildest Throw-Downs (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Friday, October 31 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 7:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 8:30 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBC Sports Network 10:30 a.m., The 10: Greatest Soundbites in NASCAR History (re-air), FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub Special (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Live, FOX Sports 1 3 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 4:30 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice, ESPN2 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 8 p.m., NCWTS SetUp, FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Texas, FOX Sports 1 4 a.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Texas (re-air), FOX Sports 1 Saturday, November 1 6 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 2 7:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Texas (re-air), FOX Sports 2 10 a.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race at Thompson, FOX Sports 1 11 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, FOX Sports 1 Noon, NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 1:30 p.m., NASCAR Live, FOX Sports 2 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, FOX Sports 2 3:30 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Texas, ESPN 10:30 p.m., The 10: NASCAR ’s Wildest Throw-Downs (re-air), FOX Sports 2 11 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 2 Midnight (Sun.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 2 1 a.m. (Sun.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race at Thompson, FOX Sports 2 Sunday, November 2 10 a.m., NSCS Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 2 11 a.m., NSCS Final Practice (re-air), FOX Sports 2 1 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FOX Sports 1 2 p.m., NSCS Countdown, ESPN 3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Texas, ESPN 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1 1:30 a.m. (Mon.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Texas (re-air), ESPN2 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceVie FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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