Local NASCAR drivers raised $2,991 for Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities at Bullring Race-A-Thon Sept. 18


Local NASCAR short track drivers raised $2,991 for The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities at the Bullring, Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 3/8-mile paved oval, Saturday night (Sept. 18). More than 20 drivers participated in the Bullring Race-A-Thon, organized by Legends Car racer Dustin Ash and his family.

Dustin and his father, Ken Ash, printed pledge sheets and distributed them to all Bullring drivers. Drivers were encouraged to take the sheets to family members, friends and sponsors and ask them to pledge a donation per lap, such as one dollar per lap for a 25-lap race.

"It's nice to help out the community," Dustin said. "We thought it would be great to give the kids some new things and help others out."

The drivers, generous donation comes at an important time of year as grant applications are pouring into the Speedway Children's Charities office at a rapid rate. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed $250,000 to 41 local causes which directly impact the lives of children in the Las Vegas and southern Nevada region.

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.