Friday, April 29, 2005

Nevada Celebrates NASCAR Day In May


LAS VEGAS - NASCAR's largest annual charitable event will be held on Friday, May 20 during the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is participating in the program and will make pins available to fans at the track and at all SMI, Inc. haulers during race weekend.

Individuals and organizations can also participate in NASCAR Day by visiting nascar.com. By making a $5 donation through the Web site, individuals will be mailed the commemorative 2005 lapel pin.

Businesses, schools and other organizations can take part as a group by requesting a NASCAR Day participation kit. The kit includes posters, pins, collection envelopes, and a crew chief manual designed to help organizations create their own NASCAR Day program.

Proceeds from NASCAR Day 2005 will go to Speedway Children's Charities and two additional NASCAR-related charities, Victory Junction Gang Camp, and Speediatrics. Each of these charities share the common goal to better the lives of children in need. Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to providing direct assistance to children with medical, educational and social challenges (for a list of charities benefiting in Nevada, visit speedwaycharities.org). Victory Junction Gang Camp is a free racing-themed camp for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Speediatrics is a race-themed pediatric unit located at both Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Homestead Hospital in Miami.

The state of Nevada is participating in the event; Governor Kenny Guinn recently declared NASCAR Day 2005 as May 20 in the state of Nevada. The proclamation was announced at a Sam's Town Hotel & Casino event held in conjunction with Speedway Children's Charities.

Celebrities and drivers supporting the announcement included: drivers Kevin Harvick, Scott Wimmer, Kyle Petty, David Green, Stacy Compton, Clint Bowyer, Jon Wood, Ashton Lewis, Jason Keller, Kevin Lepage, Randy LaJoie, Shane Hmiel, Brent Sherman, Ryan Hemphill, Aaron Fike, Kim Crosby, Reed Sorenson, Brendan Gaughan, and NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.

"We at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are very grateful to Governor Guinn for recognizing NASCAR Day in Nevada," said Chris Powell, General Manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"NASCAR Day is a way to bring city and state employees together in the NASCAR-spirit while giving back to three exceptional charities" said Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman. "We are excited to set an example for the rest of the city and to the state of Nevada and hope other individuals, organizations and businesses will join us in participating in this great cause and help make an impact in the lives of these kids."

More than 600 companies have signed up for NASCAR Day nationwide and more than 11,000 NASCAR Day pins have been sold online.

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