Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities' NASCAR Driver Auction raises $169,000 for the children of Southern Nevada
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities' NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on Thursday night raised $169,000 for the children of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.
Many NASCAR drivers and personalities participated, including Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Scott Riggs, Denny Hamlin, Scott Wimmer, David Green, Bobby Allison, motorsports artist Sam Bass, Joel Kaufman, Brendan Gaughan, Tracy Hines, Steven Leicht, Danny O'Quinn, Steve Wallace, Randy LaJoie and motion picture and television star Mickey Jones.
Actor John Schneider, star of the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show, was unable to attend in person but allowed SCC to auction off the opportunity to ride around LVMS' 1.5-mile superspeedway in the actual "General Lee" Dodge Charger on March 11. Schneider is best known for his role as Bo Duke on the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show and currently performs in the role of Jonathan Kent on "Smallville." Winning bids on rides in the "General Lee" added $7,200 to the evening's total.
Speedway Children's Charities (www.speedwaycharities.org) is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need. Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.