LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its Ninth Annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, inside Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on a ride around the speedway in a convertible with their favorite NASCAR Nextel Cup Series star during driver introductions prior to the start of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Sunday, March 10, 2007. For the second consecutive year, fans also will have the opportunity to ride with their favorite NASCAR Busch Series driver during pre-race parade ceremonies before the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, March 11, 2007. Last year, 15 NASCAR drivers participated in the auction and more than $150,000 was raised for the children of Las Vegas and southern Nevada. The event also features a silent auction with a variety of racing and non-racing items to bid on, including autographed team uniforms, race car sheetmetal and tickets to various shows in the Las Vegas area. All proceeds will go to The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, which supports the increased quality of life for the children of southern Nevada. Last December, The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $299,000 to 64 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony. Advance sales have been brisk, but tickets for the event still are available at $35 and may be purchased at For more information please call (702) 450-8300 or (702) 632-8242. Speedway Children's Charities ( 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.