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The NASCAR Foundation and Easterseals Northeast Central Florida hosted the “Over the Edge At ONE DAYTONA” fundraising initiative on Thursday, with VIPs kicking off three days of donation-supported rappelling down the eight-story International Motorsports Center.

First to scale down the 102-foot structure were International Speedway Corporation CEO/NASCAR Vice Chairperson Lesa France Kennedy and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace.

Thursday-Saturday, rappelling will continue with participants having secured donations that will benefit The NASCAR Foundation and Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida. Donations are expected to exceed $150,000 for the event.

For more information on Over the Edge At ONE DAYTONA visit https://daytonaovertheedge.org/index.cfm or http://www.nascarfoundation.org/events/over-edge-one-daytona.

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For the second consecutive season, the world’s best short track racers will descend upon The Last Great Colosseum when Bristol Motor Speedway again hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals, May 18-20.

The second annual running of the signature event will be sanctioned by five different racing organizations and brings together six elite short track racing categories to compete on the high banks of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile in one spectacular weekend of action.

“Last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals showcased an epic weekend of competitive racing in six different categories,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Seeing the best-of-the-best in the short track racing world take to the signature high banks of Bristol was a sight to behold. We anticipate this to be an even better event in 2018.”

Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanctioning role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS). CRA also will oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks with their Lawrence Towing/CRA Street Stock Series. The CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore’s Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by a Midwest based Touring Modified organization to be named at a later date. The Short Track U. S. Nationals is being presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel.

The inaugural event featured nearly 350 cars on track, leading the Short Track U.S. Nationals to join the likes of some of short track racing’s most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana’s famed Winchester 400 and Nashville’s All-American 400. The event featured 13 different winners who added their names to Bristol lore among multiple features in six divisions. Winners included soon-to-be fulltime NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Myatt Snider, Cole Williams and Chad Poole, among others.

Specific details of the event regarding daily schedules, additional racing information, parking and more will be released in the coming weeks.

Information on tickets, camping and general details will be announced at a later date. Those who are interested can stay tuned to BMS’ social channels and www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com for updates.
 
Racers should follow the websites of the appropriate sanctioning bodies for more news and information as details are released.

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Fans looking to experience the thrill of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s high-banked turns will get their chance on Nov. 24, when Black Friday Blowout roars into Charlotte with exciting, once-a-year opportunities for fans and spectacular savings in the speedway gift shop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nowhere else on Black Friday can race fans drive their personal cars on the same iconic track as stars like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart – and all it takes is spending $50 on merchandise or tickets to 2018 NASCAR or NHRA events, or donating $25 to Speedway Children’s Charities.

“Driving the track is awesome. Taking your car around a 1.5-mile superspeedway is definitely an adrenaline rush,” said Emily Curtiss of Concord, North Carolina, who drove the track last year. “We always do a little Christmas shopping and then take the car for a spin. I would highly recommend everyone visit the Black Friday Blowout. There are great deals and great fun.”

MORE INFO:
The fan-friendly Black Friday Blowout will feature major discounts on souvenir merchandise including diecast cars and men’s and women’s apparel.

In the speedway’s biggest sale of the year, the gift shop will feature items for as low as $1.

A lunch buffet will be on sale in the Speedway Club to provide shoppers with an unmatched view of the speedway while enjoying exquisite holiday food. Fans interested in taking in a full day at the speedway can also witness the extravagant Speedway Christmas light show on Friday evening – as well as every night leading up to Christmas Day.

TICKETS:
Fans can buy or renew tickets to 2018 events at the speedway by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), visiting the ticket office on Black Friday or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/.

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One of the world’s most spectacular Christmas light displays will illuminate one of the world’s most remarkable sporting venues on Sunday, when the holiday cheer of Speedway Christmas returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The eighth edition of the immensely popular drive-through light show opens for families and friends featuring a “Santa’s Mountain” theme of light displays throughout the legendary superspeedway. Seven thousand 12-foot strands of lights – totaling nearly 16 miles – are strewn throughout the course to provide fans with a visual experience unlike any other.

Dozens of speedway staff members spent more than 4,300 hours to create Speedway Christmas’ drive-through course and its family-friendly attractions, which are sure to entertain attendees of all ages throughout the six-week show, which runs through Dec. 31 but is closed on Christmas Day.

Building on the family-friendly holiday atmosphere, this year’s Speedway Christmas will also feature an infield Christmas village Thursday-Sunday nights with a petting zoo, pony rides, Bethlehem village, crafts, games, s’more roasting, horse-drawn wagon rides and photos with Santa.

Additionally, fans can sit in their cars and cozy up to FOX 46 Movie Nights on the giant,16,000-square-foot Speedway TV every Thursday-Sunday.

This year’s Speedway Christmas movie schedule includes:

  • 19 – “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”
  • 23-26 – “Frosty's Winter Wonderland”
  • 30-Dec. 3 – “Fred Claus”
  • 7-10 – “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”
  • 14-17 – “Elf”
  • 18-24 – “The Polar Express”
  • 28-30 – “Frozen”

The first look at this year’s new 3.75-mile course through 3 million lights will take place for runners in the Egg Nog Jog 5K fun-run Saturday night. Registration is still open for Saturday’s Egg Nog Jog 5K – a high-energy fun run to kick off the holiday festivities with hundreds of runners dressed in holiday attire taking to the speedway’s spectacular infield course.

TICKETS:
Fans can buy tickets to the Speedway Christmas lights show, which start at just $20, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/. Fans can register for the Egg Nog Jog 5K by visiting http://eggnogjog5k.com/register/. Speedway Christmas Tickets are also available at the speedway ticket office.

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At Homestead-Miami Speedway, crowning champions is not limited to the action on the track, but also extends into the community in a variety of ways. In the classroom, the Speedway also celebrates champions, as it continues its commitment of helping kids excel in school through the “Write Track Poetry” program.

For the second year in a row, the championship track partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network of the Jason Taylor Foundation to hold the Write Track Poetry competition. Starting in September, students from 13 Miami-Dade County middle schools submitted poems based on the theme, What is Your Legacy? In addition, pep rallies were held at the participating schools, where students were treated to spoken-word performances from members of the bluapple Poetry Network.

The winning poem was submitted by Kyle King, an 8th-grader at Leewood K-8 Center in Kendall. His poem, Tick, Tick Boom, was professionally recorded and produced, and will be played prior to Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race.

The top-three poets overall, including King, will be awarded the unique opportunity to be driven to school in the Homestead-Miami Speedway Official Pace Car. Also, the top three students in each grade (6-8) from all 13 schools will be in attendance for Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300.

“At the bluapple Poetry Network, we know how life changing spoken word poetry can be for young people as it gives them a platform, encourages their voice and validates their experiences,” said Sierra DeMulder, Director of the bluapple Poetry Program. “It was an honor to work with Homestead-Miami Speedway to bring this empowering art form to so many students.”

“The Write Track Poetry program has made a profound impact on the youth of South Florida, providing kids an opportunity to express themselves artistically,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “It’s imperative to empower students with instructional tools, such as poetry, that help build upon their creative skills, while also expanding their cultural horizons. We are thrilled that we have been able to partner with the bluapple Poetry Network to help achieve these goals again this year.”

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The following is an event recap from Wednesday's Chevrolet test session at Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval for the Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit that will debut in the 2018 season.
 
Event Recap
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske (No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet) was joined by the Ed Carpenter Racing duo of Ed Carpenter (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) and Spencer Pigot (No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) as Chevrolet-powered drivers had their opportunity to test the Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
The full one-day test session was run with temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s with heavily overcast skies. The test, part of the preparation for drivers and teams to get accustomed to the new aero kits that will debut in 2018, was the second in less than a month at Texas Motor Speedway.
Four-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports conducted a one-day test Oct. 23 on behalf of the Honda-powered drivers in the series. The Verizon IndyCar Series returns in the 2018 season to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9, for the Texas INDY 600. 
 
Highlight
Newgarden, a 26-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tenn., won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship to become just the second American-born champ since 2007. Since American Sam Hornish Jr. won his last series crown in 2006, Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012) was the only one until Newgarden broke through this season on the strength of a series-high four victories.
 
Many have proclaimed Newgarden as the young, talented and charismatic U.S.-born champion that can single-handedly carry the Verizon IndyCar Series into a new era of success. While he can become a pivotal figure, he is well aware it will take more than just him.
"I can spread the message of what INDYCAR is all about and show people why INDYCAR is so cool, why it is some of the best racing on the planet and why you should check it out, but it's going to take all of us," Newgarden said. "It's going to take the series, it's going to take all the drivers, it's going to take the decisions that we make as far as the race car - this new car - that we are putting out.  All those things are going to make a difference. It's not just going to come down to one guy, in my opinion.
"I feel the responsibility of helping with that cause and pushing INDYCAR forward, but don't feel the pressure that it is all on me." 
 
What They Are Saying
"Racing's funny. You get like this - I guess if you want to call it this - 'temporary' fame. You come to the race track and race fans are there then, yeah, you kind of have that famous vibe. But if I'm at home in the grocery store, I don't get bothered that often. ... It's not like I'm Brad Pitt walking down the street, so it's not that level of difficulty." - Newgarden on his new-found "fame" after winning the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
 
"I knew he was going to be a champion someday, so that's why we tried so hard to keep him. Josef and I - we're good friends. Obviously, I'm very happy for him. You're very happy for him, you're envious of him, you wish we could have done it together because I know that we could of, but mostly happy for him. I know how hard he worked for that. ... Happy for him, proud of him and jealous of him - all of the above." - Carpenter on his former driver Newgarden winning the series championship after moving to Team Penske this season.  
 
"It really makes me excited to get to work again this off-season and try to do it again. You feel like you deserve to be there with the team and working hard to do it again. That's kind of the feeling that has changed for me." - Newgarden on Team Penske preparing for the defense of that series title.
 
"I think it looks great. I like the fact that it's a little sleeker and faster looking again. Not to say I didn't like the way the previous car looked, but the biggest thing for me is I like the rear bumper. Pods are gone. Personally, I think being able to see the rear tires from behind these cars is one of the best angles." - Carpenter on the look of the new Indy cars.  
 
"Everything getting lower I think is preferred, the side pods getting pushed forward - those are the big aesthetic differences we really wanted. There is more crush structure in the way of the driver with the side pods coming forward, but it looks more like an open-wheel car. The shaping of the side pod looks like a proper open-wheel car. The engine coming lower, having a blow-through roll hoop signifying that's a turbocharged car. Those little things I think make it look really, really good." - Newgarden on the new look.
 
"It feels different; I wouldn't say drastically different from a feel standpoint. This type of an oval will be less change than some of the other tracks with aero configurations. There's a small difference just running alone." - Newgarden on the feel of this car vs. the 2017 package on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval.
 
"There is obviously a lot of change since we were here before (in June). Still figuring it out, to be honest. Compared to Phoenix, it's not as different but has a different feel. It makes downforce in a different way and you sense the feedback from the car for me is a little different." - Carpenter on the feel of this aero kit vs. this past season's car during testing at Phoenix Raceway and Texas.
 
"I'm excited to go oval racing again. It's been awhile since I've consistently driven on ovals. I think it will only help that I will be in the car throughout the whole season rather than here and there." - Pigot on moving from the team's road/street course specialist in the No. 20 entry to fulltime in the No. 21 entry for the organization in 2018.  
 
"It's been great. It's something I've never really been a part of before, developing somewhat of a new car with the team. On the road course side of things, it's been all my feedback. Hopefully, it is a good thing and not a bad thing when we get to the first race. It's a cool experience to step up into a full-season role and also step up in a development way as well. It's nice to be here on the ovals and have Ed driving the car a lot. He's got a ton of experience, someone I can ask questions to and relate to a lot more than when we've been doing road-course testing so far." - Pigot on his role in developing the new aero kit for Ed Carpenter Racing.  
 
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Community members have a unique opportunity to take a ride in a first responder vehicle on the Sonoma Raceway road course as part of the raceway’s Laps of Appreciation benefit on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12. This fundraising event will serve as a special opportunity for the North Bay community to gather and thank the public safety personnel involved in the response to October’s fires.

The highlight of Laps of Appreciation will be the chance for attendees to enjoy a ride around the Sonoma Raceway road course in their choice of first responder vehicles from several North Bay fire and police agencies. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event for $25 per person; each ticket includes three ride tickets for laps around the road course. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and the Disaster Fund for Mendocino County.

To stimulate the fundraising efforts, Sonoma Raceway will match up to $50,000 in contributions generated through sponsorship and attendance at the event. Laps of Appreciation, which will run from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, is open to all community members and is a family-friendly event.

“Our goal for this event is two-fold. Naturally, we hope to raise enough to make a meaningful contribution to the regional fire relief efforts, but just as important, we want to give folks in the community a casual opportunity to interact and thank members of the fire and law enforcement agencies who made such heroic efforts on our behalf,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.

In addition to rides on the raceway’s 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in the first responder vehicle of choice, guests will also enjoy a race car display, photos with the Sonoma Raceway Girls and a card station where guests can write thank you notes to local fire departments. The evening will also feature fun for children at the Kids Club display featuring a build-a-racer booth, the Friedman’s Home Improvement racing ramp, face painting and balloon animals. Food and beverage, as well as event-themed t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Laps of Appreciation admission tickets are $25 per person, which includes three tickets for rides around the road course. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com or call 800-870-RACE. Parking is free at the benefit and riders of all ages are welcome. Sponsorship opportunities are also available as part of the matching fund or to sponsor the attendance for a local, non-profit youth group. Laps of Appreciation will run rain or shine.

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Michigan International Speedway and LTi Printing will continue to expand their strong partnership in 2018. The printing company is increasing its involvement in NASCAR by sponsoring the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on June 9 at MIS.

In the two years since joining NASCAR, LTi Printing has seen immediate rewards on its involvement. LTi Printing sponsored Jordan Anderson during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in 2016. Then earlier this year it sponsored the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTi Printing 200.

“We are very excited to sponsor the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway in June,” LTi Printing President Mike Frost said. “We have seen returns on our investment since being involved in the sport. After such an incredible and rewarding experience not only for our business, but also for our employees our goal became clear to increase our involvement with MIS and NASCAR.”

When the Sturgis, Michigan family-owned business wanted to increase its involvement in NASCAR, it knew MIS was the perfect fit. LTi Printing quickly jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the truck race in 2017 at the track located only an hour from its facility. And now is ready to take the next step by sponsoring the XFINITY Series race at its hometown track.

“We continue to strive to create business-to-business opportunities for all our partners and it is great to work with a Michigan Company who shares that vision,” track President Rick Brenner said. “The NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 race will add to the week-long excitement and entertainment planned for our guests in 2018.”

As title sponsor, LTi Printing will utilize business-to-business opportunities created by its involvement in the sport to market its brand and capabilities to other companies. Taking advantage of television, radio, print and social mediums, LTi plans to create new relationships and business partnerships.

The LTi Printing 250 will feature a new aerodynamic package for all the teams competing in the race. The new package will attempt to create more passing opportunities by lessening the aerodynamic advantage on the high speed two-mile oval.

And fans can stay after the LTi Printing 250 for the free Saturday post-race concert featuring 38 Special. After four decades of Southern Rock hits, 38 Special will bring their classics to Michigan International Speedway. All fans with a Sunday ticket will enjoy the concert! The concert will take place behind Turn 3 and all activities will start after the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 race on June 9.

Fans can renew their tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 until Nov. 30 for just $15 at www.mispeedway.com/renewals or by calling 888-905-7223. All kids 12 and under are free for the race.

NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway twice in 2018 and you can be part of the action. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend is June 8-10.  On Aug. 10-12 the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to NASCAR’s fastest track.

Michigan International Speedway continues to give renewal guests the best prices. By renewing your grandstand and/or campsite you are guaranteed the best pricing of the season. Renew now and save up to $70 per grandstand ticket and up to $60 per campsite.

Children 12 and under are free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.

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Race fans will want to flock to their local Food City today, Wednesday, Nov. 15 to grab the fastest, loudest and best stocking stuffer in the region, Bristol Motor Speedway race tickets.

Beginning today, all Food City locations will offer tickets to two of the most popular NASCAR weekends of the year, the Food City 500 weekend (April 13-15) and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race week (Aug. 15-18). Tickets for April 15’s Food City 500 will start at $50 for adults and $10 for kids (12-and-under) while tickets for April 14’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 will cost $30 for adults and FREE for kids 12-and-under.

Tickets are $60 for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Aug. 18 and $30 for the Aug. 17 Food City 300 XFINITY Series race. Kids’ tickets (kids 12-and-under) will be sold at $10 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and free for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event.

New this year, each ticket purchased in-store will earn shoppers 500 additional ValuPoints on their Food City ValuCard. ValuPoints are redeemable to save money on fuel and groceries.

“We’re fortunate to have the great support of Food City, not only during our race weekends but also throughout the year,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway. “Last year’s Food City in-store ticket offer far exceeded our expectations and we’re thrilled they are launching this year’s program before the holidays and adding additional benefits.”  

All tickets will feature blind-reserved seats selected by knowledgeable members of the BMS ticket office. Tickets will be sold at the front office of each Food City location. The tickets will then be emailed a few days following the purchase. The final day to purchase race tickets in-store will be Tuesday, April 10 for the Food City 500 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 for America’s Night Race week.

“Food City is proud to be the longest running sponsor of Bristol Motor Speedway. We’re excited to have the opportunity to expand that partnership to include great low prices on tickets to one of NASCAR’s premier venues,” said Kevin Stafford, vice president of marketing for Food City. “Last season’s ticket sales promotion was extremely successful and we’re looking to make this year’s program even better – so stop by one of our convenient locations to take advantage of these great savings!”

For more information, see the front office at your neighborhood Food City or visit www.BristolMotorSpeedway.com.

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Honoring a long-time tradition of giving back to the South Florida community, Homestead-Miami Speedway is continuing to support and celebrate numerous non-profit organizations. For the fifth consecutive year, “Driving for a Cause,” Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, will be awarding grants to local non-profits in the South Florida community. This year, grants will be donated to five organizations that support youth development and philanthropic efforts. The recipients will be honored during pre-race ceremonies prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 19.

The grant winners are:

  • Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida – The “iGirls Innovation Series” gives Girl Scouts in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties access to grade level specific STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming. Girls ages 5-17 will be introduced to STEM to help them see how they can improve the world, and fuel the pipeline of future engineers, technicians and programmers.
  • Voices for Children of Broward County – This yearlong program has identified the most needed emergency items for children who are taken away from their homes with little to no possessions. In turn, “Voices for Children of Broward County” will focus on contributing basic needs and activities that allow children to succeed and develop healthy relationships. The organization also develops community activities, school events and outings with friends for foster children within the program.
  • FMU National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – The student chapter of NABJ that focuses on the improvement of TV production classes at Florida Memorial University. Their program gives student journalists the opportunity to work with high profile clients and gain experience to build their professional portfolios. 
  • Mexican American Council – The “Slingshot to Test Success” program provides local high school students of farmworker background with SAT/ACT prep and guidance services. This initiative also educates the students’ parents on the importance of these tests in their child’s academic success.
  • Miami South BMX – In an effort to increase interest in the sport of BMX, the “New Rider Awareness and Introduction Program” administers clinics for underprivileged riders, as well as offering affordable bike rentals for the children who participate.

In addition to this year’s charitable contributions from Driving for a Cause, Homestead-Miami Speedway donates more than $320,000 annually to dozens of South Florida organizations, including track rental opportunities throughout the year, an annual car wash, food drive, holiday toy drive and much more.

Previous Recipients of the Grants

2013

  • Boys and Girls Club of Broward County                                          
  • Branches, formerly known as South Florida Urban Ministries
  • Farmworker Association of Florida
  • Homestead-South Dade Kiwanis Foundation

2014

  • The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation
  • Miami South BMX
  • Start Off Smart Inc.

2015

  • Ayuda Inc.
  • Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
  • Good Hope Equestrian Training Center
  • HandsOn Miami
  • Homestead-Florida City Community Soccer League

2016

  • A Chance for Therapy
  • Camillus House
  • FIU Foundation Formula SAE
  • Prospera, formerly known as Hispanic Business Initiative Fund
  • Lauren’s Kids
  • Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.

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Fifty-three Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from more than $405,000 in grants that were recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

In total, $405,537 was distributed to youth-serving organizations in Sonoma County, bringing the chapter’s total distribution of funds to just over $6 million since 2001. The amount raised this fiscal year marks over $30,000 more than 2016. The chapter's Board of Trustees recently approved the distribution of 2017 funds at its annual meeting.

SCC’s success was due largely to the 13 SCC fundraising events in 2017, the majority of which are held during the raceway’s major-event weekends, including NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar. The highlight of the year included the Children’s Champions NASCAR Grand Marshal’s Banquet and its live auction, which combined to raise a record-setting $252,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend in June.

The Grand Prix Salute Banquet, held prior to the Grand Prix of Sonoma, generated another $110,000 for the Sonoma chapter and the 11th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night held the Thursday prior to the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals netted an additional $28,000 for SCC. Great Clips raised nearly $10,000 in donations at its mobile hair salon in the main paddock during NASCAR event weekend.

SCC is also the beneficiary of the Classic Sports Racing Group’s Charity Challenge, which netted $52,000 for Sonoma County non-profits. This brings the group's donations to SCC to more than $880,000 since 2004.

SCC is also supported by 16 businesses that have signed up as Children’s Champions, including Ahlborn Fence & Steel, Inc., American Asphalt, Beck Communications, Bleyco Inc., Blue Star Gas, CSW/Stuber Stroeh Engineering Group, ESP & Alarm Inc., Falck/verihealth Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Ramekins-Cornerstone Foundation, Monument Security Inc., Pacific Highway Rentals, Pacific Satellite Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric, United Site Services and Verizon.

 “It is amazing to receive the SCC grant because it allows us to go out into the community and educate adults and children in Sonoma about the importance of dental health,” said fund development and communications manager at Pediatric Dental Initiative of the North Coast Inc., Hazel Whiteoak.

“What we have found is that until we teach adults and children about prevention education and dental decay, we will still have 2,000 children seeking dental relief. We are beyond grateful for SCC’s donation.”

Speedway Children's Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for qualified children's organizations. Founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., SCC originated at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina and now boasts eight chapters at SMI facilities throughout the country.

The following Sonoma County youth groups will receive funding from Speedway Children’s Charities in 2017: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County; Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley; California Parenting Institute; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa; Ceres Community Project; Committee On The Shelterless; Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County; Conservation Corps North Bay; Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sonoma County; DeMeo Teen Club Inc., dba Chop's Teen Club; Fence at the Top; Forget Me Not Children's Services; Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.); Girl Scouts of Northern California; Girls on the Run Sonoma County; Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County; Hanna Boys Center; Hope Counseling Services; Individuals NOW Inc. Social Advocates for Youth; Jewish Community Free Clinic; Kid Scoop News; La Luz Center; Legal Aid of Sonoma County; LifeWorks of Sonoma County; Loco Bloco; McDowell Drug Task Force; Mentor Me; North Bay Children's Center, Inc.; On The Move; Paws As Loving Support Assistance Dogs ; Petaluma People Services Center; Petaluma Policing Foundation; Polly Klaas Foundation; Presbyterian Church of the Roses; Redwood Empire Food Bank; River to Coast Children's Services; Roseland Charter School; Sonoma County Public Library Foundation; Sonoma Ecology Center; Sonoma Valley Education Foundation; Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; Sonoma Valley Teen Services (BDA Teen Services Sonoma); Sunny Hills Services; Support Our Students; The LIME Foundation; The Living Room Center, Inc.; The Pediatric Dental Initiative of the North Coast Inc.; The Salvation Army; Verity - Compassion.Safety.Support; West County Community Services and the Young Women's Christian Association of Sonoma County.

For more information on the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, visit www.speedwaycharities.org/sonoma/ or contact Cheri Plattner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-933-3950.

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