FORT WORTH, Texas (November 27, 2006): Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter (SCC) will light up the holiday season by giving more than a half-million dollars to area children's groups as part of its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Grant Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will award $501,266 in grants to 164 area children's charities, with both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded establishing record marks for the chapter. The record amount pushes the 10-year fundraising total by SCC to more than $4 million. "This is always a special time of the year for Texas Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "We are able to give more money to more children's groups than ever before. It is a wonderful testament to the generosity of our race fans and to the heartfelt mission of Speedway Children's Charities." The tree lighting and grant awards ceremony will be held in front of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway. The giant Douglas Fir, measuring 62 feet tall - the largest live Christmas tree in Texas, arrives today at the speedway and will be placed on the circular lawn in front of The Speedway Club. Speedway workers will string more than 10,000 lights and ornaments on the spectacular holiday tree. Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will present grant checks to 164 local children's charity groups from Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties. Organizations receiving awards utilize the grants for a variety of programs including medical and dental care for low-income children, air ambulance services, food banks, shelters and more. The Texas Boys Choir from Fort Worth will open the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. by performing holiday music next to the giant tree. The choir was founded in 1946 and has 35 recordings to their credit, including two of which have won Grammy Awards. The Texas Boys Choir has performed all over the world including Japan, Australia and throughout Europe. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, CASA of Denton County, Heroes for Children, The Warm Place and Green Oaks School are just a few of the charities that will receive grants from Speedway Children's Charities. Green Oaks School, a past recipient, is an independent school in Arlington for students with Down Syndrome and similar developmental delays. Speedway Children's Charities was founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Sonic Automotive, who wanted to give back to the community. Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to charities that meet the direct need of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-need children, SCC best affects children's lives by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that children's needs are met and that no child is left behind regardless of illness, social environment or disability. For additional information, please contact the Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations department at (817) 215-8520 or