A new year always brings with it new hope, new thoughts and an overall feeling of excitement of what's to come. 2008 may have gone out like a lion, but it's pretty clear that 2009 will not be coming in like a lamb.

Times are tough and the feelings of uncertainty is common across the board. Even in the difficult times of 2008, because of YOU the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities had a successful year. We were able to grant more than $290,000 to 57 local organizations- an incredible amount given the economic struggles many individuals and companies are experiencing. There are not enough ways that we can say Thank You to everyone that supported Speedway Children's Charities this past year.

We are very excited about 2009 and all the events we have planned. Every year our NASCAR Driver Auction kicks off the Las Vegas NASCAR weekend at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. This year we are also bringing back the Track Walk, giving race fans the unique opportunity to walk a lap around the 1.5 mile super speedway where NASCAR legends have raced. Several other events will take place throughout the year, all aimed to raise money to improve the quality of life for children in the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada region.

Every new year brings with it new hope and excitement and 2009 is no exception. While the feelings of uncertainty may be overwhelming right now we cannot let the children down.

Thank you again for your continued support of Speedway Children's Charities. Here's to a fabulous 2009!