Before hitting the quarter mile at 300 miles per hour, several of the NHRA's top drivers will be facing a different kind of pressure at the poker table for a good cause. 

 

The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its third annual "Cards for Kids" Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Cannery Hotel & Casino.  The charity event will kick off the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

Drivers will square off against each other and fans from across the country in the charity event.  Currently set to participate are Brandon Bernstein, Cory McClenathan, Rod Fuller, Ron Capps, Melanie Troxel, Tommy Johnson, Jr., Dave Grubnic, Morgan Lucas, Eric Medlen, Greg Anderson, J.R. Todd, Dave Connolly and Jack Beckman.  Of the 13 drivers taking to the felt, seven are in the top 10 in points in the Top Fuel Competition, three in the top 10 in Funny Car, and two in the top 10 in Pro Stock.  Medlen and McClenathan picked up wins at Virginia last weekend are looking to pick up their first back-to-back wins of the season. 

 

"We hope to take our win at Virginia last week and parlay it into another win on The Cannery's poker tables," said McClenathan, the highest finishing NHRA driver at last year’s tournament, placing third overall. 

 

Registration and check in begins at 6 p.m. with the tournament officially starting at 7 p.m.  Entry fee (buy-in) is $250 and players will receive $1,000 in tournament chips.  A total prize purse of $5,000 will be up for grabs at the event, with a guaranteed first place prize of $1,400. 

 

For entries and information, please contact Janae Melvin at (702) 632-8242 or jmelvin@lvms.com.

 

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.

 

Last December, The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities granted $275,000 to 67 local children’s causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.