Speedway Children's Charities filled a Texas sized tent with NASCAR fans on Saturday afternoon for a live memorabilia auction that featured sheet metal, helmets, Sam Bass prints, driver ride alongs and other racing memorabilia. The evening was highlighted by the bidding for driver ride alongs, with the top ride going for $40,000, with additional bids drawing $25,000, $24,000 and $11,000 respectively. With the generous support of the NASCAR teams, drivers and fans, the auction raised a record setting $236,950 for the charity that will benefit local children's organizations.
To cap off an already spectacular weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway, the winning ticket for the 2006 "Racing for Kids" Drawing will be pulled before the start of the Dickies 500 by racing legend Rusty Wallace. The custom chopper, valued at $100,000 was donated by award winning PB Choppers of Moravia, Iowa and has raised in excess of $130,000 in ticket sales throughout the year. The winner's name will be posted at www.speedwaycharities.org following the drawing of the winning ticket.
Unveiled at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the "Friends of Speedway Children's Charities Victory Lane" has already brought in orders across the country in excess of $100,000. The photo etched 5"x7" black granite tiles will be mounted at the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. track of choice, with a replica 8½" x 11" granite tile with iron stand shipped to you for display in your home or office. This great partnership with Get Etched guarantees to be a huge success and provide much needed support for children across the country. Get Etched will accept both original prints, as well as digital images for processing and etching, fans may also include a personal message. The tiles sell for $300 and orders can be placed by visiting www.FriendsWall.com.
Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, the organization impacts the lives of children by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that their needs are met and that no child is left behind … regardless of illness, social environment or disability.
Bruton Smith founded Speedway Children's Charities in 1984. The organization has dispersed more than $15 million and has chapters connected to all six SMI tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway