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Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute more than $3 million in grants to 450 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $55 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982.
Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled a staggering $3,020,000.00 in 2018. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through fundraisers including clay shoots, track events, holiday light displays, golf tournaments and auctions.
“I’ve always felt like what we do, the fundraising, may be the easier part,” said Speedway Children’s Charities Vice Chairman and Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith. “The really tough part is the help being given. We raise money and give it to great organizations that help children in need around our eight speedways throughout the country. We're blessed to be supporting these deserving organizations to improve our communities.”
Speedway Children’s Charities’ chapters use grants to significantly improve the lives of children who live near the chapters’ respective race tracks. Among the nonprofit’s far-reaching endeavors are aiding in cancer research, providing winter coats and backpack meals to low-income families as well as facilitating clubs that provide healthy after-school activities.
"On behalf of everyone at Speedway Children's Charities, we offer sincere thanks to our many sponsors, donors and volunteers,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. “Through everyone’s gracious assistance, Speedway Children’s Charities will help make the holiday season and beyond brighter for hundreds of thousands of children in need.”
For more information on Speedway Children’s Charities or to learn how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
ABOUT SPEEDWAY CHILDREN’S CHARITIES:
The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.
Fans can connect with Speedway Children’s Charities by following on Twitter or Facebook.
Darlington Raceway Makes Donation To Boys and Girls Clubs of The Pee Dee In Honor of Sgt. Terrence Carraway14 Dec 2018
In honoring its continued commitment to the local community, Darlington Raceway was pleased to make a $4,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee on Friday, Dec. 14, on behalf of Sgt. Terrence Carraway.
Track president Kerry Tharp participated in a check donation ceremony on Friday at the club, along with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee executive director Neal Zimmerman and Mrs. Allison Carraway, wife of Sgt. Carraway. Members of the Carraway family, Florence Police Department and Boys and Girls Club were also in attendance.
“We are pleased to make this donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee in honor of Sgt. Carraway,” Tharp said. “It’s a privilege to stand next to Mrs. Carraway and the staff of the Boys and Girls Club to make this donation on behalf of a man that truly cared and devoted countless hours of his spare time for the community, the Boys and Girls Club in particular, which was an organization he cherished. We thank all the participants that attended our 5K event Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors for supporting this cause and paying tribute to a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Sgt. Carraway, a lifelong resident of Darlington and 30-year veteran of the neighboring Florence Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on October 3, 2018. He was a dedicated servant to the Darlington and Florence communities having been involved in a variety of community activities that benefited many residents, including children and teenagers.
The proceeds for the donation were made possible by strong support for the Darlington Raceway 5K Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which took place on Nov. 9 at the track under the lights.
Hundreds of runners turned out for the event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee, an organization Sgt. Carraway was heavily involved in for many years. Darlington Raceway will look to continue the 5K event on an annual basis in support of law enforcement.
Sgt. Carraway was one of seven total law enforcement officers from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department that were shot in an incident in Florence on Oct. 3. Florence County Sheriff’s Deputy Farrah Turner also passed away from her injuries on Oct. 22, nearly three weeks after the incident. The other five officers are continuing to recover.
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A special 50th Anniversary logo was also unveiled that incorporates 15 stars as a nod to the organization's NASCAR and ARCA Racing Series championships. RCR and current partners will incorporate the newly-created RCR 50th anniversary logo into merchandise, marketing collateral, digital content and advertising programs throughout the 2019 season. The logo will also be featured on all RCR fire suits.
Air Force Recruiting Service, charged with the mission to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen, sees the continued association as an opportunity to build awareness about the Air Force. The Air Force has also witnessed the excitement that Wallace Jr. has brought to inspiring recruits in 2018 during his first year representing the Air Force.
"The Air Force continues to see benefits from our partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and driver, Bubba Wallace," said Maj. Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. "Wallace Jr. and his personality align well with our target audience's interests and the Air Force's commitment to teamwork and technology."
As a partner of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team, the Air Force colors will again be featured during the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: July 4 weekend at Daytona (Florida) International Speedway and Veterans Day weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.
"The combination of Bubba Wallace and the iconic No. 43 provides a continuing sponsorship opportunity that reflects our Air Force core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence, as well as has a positive impact on generating public awareness about the U.S. Air Force, our people and our mission," McKnight said. "Like NASCAR, much of our work is based on science, technology, engineering and math principles combined with teamwork and training. This sponsorship is a great way to highlight that connection."
In his first year partnering with the Air Force, Wallace Jr. engaged with current Airmen and aspiring recruits. He visited four different U.S. Air Force bases, including Randolph in San Antonio, Texas, Seymour Johnson in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio, and Shaw in South Carolina. Wallace Jr. participated in different drills at each base and took flight in an F-16 with the 77th Fighter Squadron known as the "Gamblers" at Shaw AFB, SC. Wallace Jr. also spoke with high school students about reaching their goals.
"I was really impressed with all the different aspects of the Air Force, and the different opportunities they offer," said Wallace Jr. "I was able to visit different bases and see the Airmen in action and actually participate myself. That gets me excited and then I'm able to talk to inspiring students who are looking at a career in the Air Force. I'm pretty humbled to represent the Air Force."
In addition to various visits away from the track, Wallace Jr. and "The King" Richard Petty meet young men and women of the Air Force each weekend along with Air Force leadership.
The U.S. Air Force have been loyal partners to us," added Richard Petty, Co-Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports. "It is special for us because we get to thank the men and women who protect our freedom each weekend. Bubba has really been able to connect with their recruits, too. We're proud to continue to represent the Air Force on and off the track."
After seeing South Lot Camping sell out for both race weekends in 2018, Martinsville Speedway is expanding the reserved camping area, by adding 23 more spaces for 2019.
The spaces, which will accommodate motorhomes up to 45 feet in length, are on sale now and cost $200 for the week.
“We knew there was a demand for more reserved camping, but after seeing it sellout so quickly for both events last year, we realized we needed to expand it even further,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We are always looking for ways to improve the facility and to be able to meet the growing demand for large motorhomes is one of them.”
The South Lot Camping is located near Gate 17 off of Old Sand Road. In addition to being within sight of the Speedway, it is also convenient to shopping and food along Highway 220.
The STP 500 race weekend is March 22-24.
In addition to camping, tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.
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The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today that seven schools will receive $308,000 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around Chandra and Jimmie’s hometowns in California and Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in North Carolina.
“Schools have so many, wide-ranging needs,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We were very impressed by this year’s applications, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these important projects through the Champions Grant program.”
This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant awards included $183,555 toward science and technology programs, $63,206.37 toward language and literacy initiatives, $39,726.38 for health and wellness activities, and $22,096.71 toward school improvement projects.
The 2018 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
● Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte, North Carolina)
● R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School (Concord, North Carolina)
● Steele Creek Elementary School (Charlotte, North Carolina)
● Knox Middle School (San Diego)
● WD Hall Elementary School (El Cajon, California)
● KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
● Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee, Oklahoma)
More than $5.6 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.
To see a detailed list of the 2018 Champions Grant projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.
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Tickets and campsites go on sale Dec. 17 for two great weekends of racing at Michigan International Speedway. Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite for all the non-stop racing action and the week-long entertainment at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track in 2019.
It has never been easier to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 and week-long camping starts at $135.
“The 2019 NASCAR season is quickly approaching and we cannot wait to welcome all the fans to Michigan International Speedway,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We continue to create special experiences for our fans and campers for the week as NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track.”
The 2019 Schedule:
- June 7 – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying
- June 8 – NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250
- June 9 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400
- August 9 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
- August 10 – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200
- August 11 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400
Michigan International Speedways continues to enhance the experience in 2019 after listening to feedback. Some of the new enhancements include:
- Season/Weekend Membership
- New Pit Road Acceleration Club
- All-You-Can-Eat Seats in Turn 1 and now Turn 4
- MISCAMPING.com Brooklyn Trails and MISCAMPING.com M-50 Creekside Campgrounds have the option of coming in on Thursday of race week
- MISCAMPING.com M-50 Creekside Campground will feature DOUBLE-SIZED campsites
- Free overnight parking available in pond corner
- Lower price on all campground overnight parking
- Variety of flexible payment plans with as little as 25% down
Fans will want to stay tuned as more enhancements to the race weekend will be announced soon.
International Speedway Corporation implemented a comprehensive ticket and travel protection program for guests with an unused grandstand ticket when the event is postponed. The ISC Weather Protection Program applies to all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at any ISC facility that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather. Guests will now be able to exchange paid grandstand tickets that were not used on a rescheduled race date for a future NASCAR event at an ISC facility. The unused grandstand tickets may be exchanged for a same-series ticket of equal or lesser value based on event and seating location availability.
Kids 12 and under will continue to be admitted free on Fridays and Saturdays and half-priced on Sundays in the grandstands.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a new aerodynamic racing package in 2019 to bolster the competition. It will be similar to what was used in the 2018 All-Star race. The baseline aero elements of the 2019 rules package are a taller eight-inch by 61-inch rear spoiler, a larger front splitter with a two-inch overhang and a wider radiator pan that measures 37 inches wide in the front tapering to 31 inches at the rear. In addition, a smaller tapered spacer and aerodynamic ducts will be used. The smaller spacer will further limit airflow through the engine and thereby horsepower to a figure around 550.
The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 will serve as the cutoff race for the regular season. Drivers will have one final opportunity to make the playoffs in the truck series, adding even more intensity and intrigue to the already thrilling race at MIS.