Las Vegas native Kayla Sewell has turned her love of drag racing at The Strip of Las Vegas Motor Speedway into an all out effort to help combat hunger in the Las Vegas Valley.

Sewell, who won two championships at The Strip in 2006, has been working with Feed the Children on her first individual fundraising event which will be Aug. 11. The event will be held at The Strip at LVMS during the Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series race and all proceeds will benefit the Las Vegas and Henderson chapters of Feed the Children.

Over the past month, Sewell has dedicated time each day contacting local businesses for monetary donations to support her cause. Her goal is to collect one truckload of food containing 400 boxes of non-perishable food items, 400 boxes of personal hygiene kits and two bulk pallets of snacks, which will feed 400 families of four for approximately one week.

Businesses that pledge $20 per round during the event will be listed on the trunk lid of her 1972 Chevrolet Nova. Businesses that pledge $100 or more per round will enjoy a larger and more visible area for their business logo on the each side of the race car.

Sewell has been drag racing since she was six years old. She is enrolled at UNLV and hopes to one day become a math teacher.

"Since I've been working with Feed the Children it has opened my eyes and given more purpose to my racing," Sewell said. "I am not just racing for myself anymore. I am racing to feed the children."

For more information or donations contact Kayla at or visit www.racing4hunger.org.

For more information on The Strip at LVMS, please call The Strip's office at (702) 632-8213 or visit www.LVMS.com

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