Thanks to the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, racing fans attending the 2016 NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have a number of fun ways to get involved in the festivities.

The charity's slate of race-week events kicks off on Thursday, March 3, with the Driver and Memorabilia Auction, continues with Richard Petty Driving Experience rides on Saturday, March 5, and concludes with the annual Track Walk on the superspeedway on Sunday, March 6, prior to the Kobalt 400. Each event is unique and a fun way for fans to get an up close and personal experience they will remember forever.

"NASCAR Weekend is always big for Speedway Children's Charities, and it's great to be able to offer so many fan-friendly events during race week," Las Vegas SCC Chapter Director Paulette Anderson said. "There aren't many sporting events where fans have the chance to either walk or ride on the actual field of play, but thanks to LVMS and Richard Petty Driving Experience, we are able to offer that to our fans. The Driver Auction is also a ton of fun and is one of our most successful fundraisers all year, and we can't wait to enjoy all of our events with fans during race week."

The Driver and Memorabilia Auction takes place at 6 p.m. Pacific Time at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, and fans there can bid on all sorts of racing memorabilia. Fans can also bid online and can cast bids for the chance to participate in parade laps with NASCAR superstars that take place on the superspeedway before the Kobalt 400.

The RPDE rides give fans the opportunity to ride along with trained instructors as they circle the 1.5-mile track following the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday. A portion of the $159 ride-along fee will be donated to the Las Vegas SCC Chapter.

Hundreds of fans have enjoyed a nice leisurely walk around the track during the SCC Track Walk, which takes place on Sunday from 9-10 a.m. before the Kobalt 400. Fans can sign up for $25 before Feb. 29, or purchase wristbands trackside for $35, and children 16 and under are free with a paid adult.

Track Walk participants must pick up their wristbands and t-shirts and sign waivers at the SCC tent located behind the LVMS Gift Shop before 8 a.m. on Sunday, and each person who registers will receive an event t-shirt sponsored by the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa. Participants can also pick up their wristbands between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and on Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LVMS' 2016 NASCAR Weekend begins Thursday, March 3, with a free practice session that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Time, and Stratosphere Pole Day follows on Friday, March 4, with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying beginning at 4:45 p.m. The Xfinity Series' Boyd Gaming 300 takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, and the weekend's crescendo comes on Sunday, March 6, in the form of the Kobalt 400 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information on any SCC event, contact Paulette Anderson at 702-632-8242.