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A year ago, Benny Sims suffered from back pain. Every night when he completed his delivery route at the US Post Office, he soaked his aching arthritic feet in a bucket of water with Epsom salts for an hour.

Then Dr. Cody Drake told Sims then weighing 336 pounds that losing weight would help relieve pain in his feet and back.

When friend Elyshia Cope, wife of Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, learned Sims needed to shed those extra pounds, she introduced him to a diet she was using, promising Sims it would help her lose weight quickly and safely.

Elyshia had lost 35 pounds using the program.

Watch the weight disappear

So, last June, Sims signed up for the plan and lost 24 pounds in the first month. After four months, Sims was exactly 100 pounds lighter and without exercising, he said.

After losing 80 pounds, his feet stopped hurting and he saw 10 inches of his waistline disappear.

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“My back didn’t hurt as much either,” said Sims, known to many for his famous Bubba Bear barbecue sauce.

By his next visit with Drake, Sims had lost 102 pounds and the doctor told him, “‘Keep doing what you’re doing,'” Sims said.

“I feel a lot better,” Sims said in a recent interview. “I weigh 136 pounds less. I do no harm. I have energy and save money by not going to the grocery store and spending $200 per trip,” he said.

“I pass now, and the girl checking me out looks at me and shakes her head and asks how I spend so little (about $40 per trip).”

A native of Mayodan

A native and resident of Mayodan, he is the son of the late Benjamin Earl and Veda Marie Atwood Sims.

When he graduated from Madison-Mayodan High School in 1978, Sims weighed 223 pounds.

“I was very athletic in high school,” Sims said, noting that he excelled in football, baseball and the weight room. He said he was a “fair” basketball player.

His football expertise, however, earned him a football scholarship as an attacking center while majoring in physical education and political science.

However, a riding accident injured his knee and prevented him from playing ball. Sims therefore transferred to Randolph Community College where he majored in photography.

Law Enforcement Days

Back home, Major Sims landed him in law enforcement as a crime scene photographer and patrolman for the Mayodan Police Department in 1981. He spent five years in that position, then became territorial sales manager for Readers’ Digest, traveling throughout North and South Carolina. .

A return home

But Mayodan and photography brought Sims home where he bought the old downtown social services building on 2nd Avenue.

“The building was here and I bought it for my business,” he noted, saying he operated his photography studio there for about 20 years before taking over his father’s tax business.

When he first bought the building: “I called my dad and said I’m going to give you an office for your tax business because I think the people who come to you will become clients of photography,” Sims said.

Having his father in the same building gave him the opportunity to meet his customers, and they also saw Sims’ photographs displayed on the walls.

It was a good fit for the duo as they worked together from 1988 until 2010 when the elder Sims passed away. His son ran the photography studio until 2017.

“I worked with my dad for 22 years, and I wouldn’t take anything for that,” Sims said.

In 1999, Sims was hired as a road courier and he still works for traveling work.

A love of racing

With his entrepreneurial leanings, Sims began selling racing memorabilia from his apartment building and eventually started a racing fan group, dubbed Race Fans, Inc.

In 1993, the year after Richard Petty retired, Sims began racing with NASCAR driver Jimmy Means.

Soon, owner/driver Means was rolling his car on the tracks with “Race Fans Inc.” on the hood. Means devised special perks where some club members got passes for “front row” seats in the garages and pits on race day.

“Jimmy was great at interacting with the members and making them feel welcome,” Sims said. “It was pretty neat.”

super trucks

Two years later, when the racing world’s Super Truck series began, Sims and Means “partnered” with Atlanta Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville, who had just lost his job with the Falcons. .

To break his contract, the team owners pay Glanville “a large sum” and he invests in the truck team. Not only did Glanville own a truck, but at 56, the former trainer was up for Rookie of the Year. For a few seasons, he advertised the Race Fan, Inc. membership club on his truck.

Over the years, Sims has worked with Trey Hutchens Racing in Winston-Salem and Real Fast Racing, now 23XI Racing, owned by NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Trey Hutchens’ father Bobby ‘cut his teeth’ at Bowman Gray and was running crew chief great Dale Earnhardt when he died.

Then Bobby became the crew chief for Kevin Harvick who became the new driver of the #3 car. Now Bobby is trying to get his son to drive in the truck series with Bobby as the crew chief.

Sims helps in this effort by recruiting sponsors to advertise on the truck.

Looking forward to a healthy future

As he reflects on his past, Sims’ dramatic weight loss gives him more time to think about his future.

A former supervisor of soil and water conservation for Rockingham County from 2014 to 2018 and two-time president of Madison-Mayodan Jaycee, Sims has two daughters, a son and five grandchildren, ages 2 to 12.

“It gave me the opportunity to enjoy my grandchildren,” Sims said. “I’m not sitting on the sidelines watching. I am there participating with them.

Anyone interested in improving their wellbeing or becoming a truck sponsor can contact Sims at [email protected]

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