Speedway Children¿s Charities NASCAR Driver Auction raises record $182,900;

Wallace, Compton highest-selling NASCAR Cup, Busch drivers



            The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities held its sixth annual NASCAR Driver Auction on Thursday, March 4 in Sam's Town Live! at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.  The charity auction raised a record-setting $182,900 for the children of southern Nevada.

            For the second time in three years, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace was the highest-bid driver, going for $9,000.  Stacy Compton was the highest-bid NASCAR Busch Series driver at $4,600.

            NASCAR drivers making personal appearances at the auction included: Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin, Kyle Petty, Kyle Busch, Stacy Compton, David Green, Ron Hornaday, Mike Wallace, Jason Keller, Mike Bliss and Paul Wolfe.

The evening also included a concert by country music stars The Randy Anderson Band and appearances by the USAF Thunderbirds and TV and motion picture star Mickey Jones.

The auction has become a popular part of Las Vegas' NASCAR weekend and last year

raised $145,000 for the children of southern Nevada.

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.