As we wrap up NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, I keep thinking about the amazing time I had this past week.

We kicked-off the weekend with the 6th Annual Cards for Kids Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery on Wednesday, October 28th. The event was very successful, and raised $3,000 more than last year! A lot of our good friends from drivers, to returning players, and NHRA fans joined us. Among the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stars that played a hand or two were: Greg Anderson, "Fast Jack" Beckman, Brandon Bernstein, Gary Densham, Larry Dixon, Shawn Langdon, Jason Line, Morgan Lucas, Spencer Massey, Cory McClenathan, and Karen Stoffer. Thanks again to the Cannery, Coca-Cola, Nevada Beverage, Richard Petty Driving Experience, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway for sponsoring the event. Board Members and volunteers that were in attendance, I can't thank you enough. It's because of you the evening ran seamlessly.

On Friday, October 30th, 20 children from Boys and Girls Club, Candlelighters, Children's Heart Foundation, Culture Shock, East Valley Family Services, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, NV Childhood Cancer, SAFY, and Special Olympics Nevada joined Speedway Children's Charities for an inside look at "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The group of 2008 grant recipients began their day with a stroll though the pit area, where they met Ed "The Outlaw" Jones, who entertains drag racing fans across the country with his exhibition Jelly Belly sponsored stagecoach wheel stander. They also talked with A/Fuel Dragster driver Johnny Ahten, who is a fulltime firefighter in Southern California during the week. The kids ran into 18-year old Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Katie Sullivan. Then it was onto Thiel Motorsports pit area, where Top Alcohol Funny Care drivers Brian Thiel and Kenny Buzdas hosted a question and answer period. Being able to see the pit crew work on the car was awesome, but the kids loved the autograph session even more. The day wrapped with a walk to "The Strip" to watch NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing.

The weekend of fun maybe over, but the Las Vegas Chapter is still moving at full speed. The month of December is a busy, but exciting one for us:
Wednesday, December 2nd is the Chasers for Charity Roast
Saturday, December 5th is the WNFR Celebrity Bowling Tournament
Wednesday, December 9th is the Tree Lighting and Grant Distribution Ceremony.

Check out the Upcoming Events for more details!

Rachel Commeford
Director
Speedway Children's Charitie