Lonestar's Dean Sams took the checkered flag in the main race Wednesday night (Oct. 11) at the Mark Collie Celebrity Race for Diabetes Cure at the Nashville Speedway. It's a good thing, considering his drive to win. "I'm competitive about everything," Sams said before the race. "My wife beat me in checkers once and she's never let me live it down." Other winners included Diamond Rio's Gene Johnson in the men's celebrity heat, Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks in the team captain's race, and former TV personality Lisa Stewart in the women's heat. The event drew an array of country, NASCAR and pop stars, including Aaron Tippin, Ronnie Dunn, Keith Urban, Coley McCabe, Anita Cochran, Bobby Hamilton, Joe Buford and Coo Coo Marlin. Also on hand were Skid Row's Rachel Bolan and Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell, who hung out with Collie for most of the evening. "Mark invited me, and I couldn't make it last year," said Harwell, a self-proclaimed country music fan. "I found out I was free today, and I said, 'Get me a plane ticket.' I love it here. I could live here." This year, Collie's seven-year effort, which includes the annual race and silent auction, reached its goal of raising $1.25 million to create a research chair at Nashville's Vanderbilt Diabetes Research Center. Collie was diagnosed with the disease when he was 17, so the cause hits very close to home for him. "This chair will raise dollars for researh long after we're gone," Collie told country.com. "That's a really special thing for me." Look for our video report from the track tomorrow.