The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will hold its fifth annual NASCAR Driver Auction on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Sam's Town Live! at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

Many NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series drivers are expected to again participate in the auction which affords race fans the opportunity to bid for a chance to meet their favorite racers during pre-race driver introductions. The winning bidders on NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will ride along with them in an open convertible during the pre-race parade lap prior to the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 2. Winning bidders on NASCAR Busch Series competitors will have the opportunity to meet their drivers in the pit area prior to the start of the Sam¿s Town 300 on Saturday, March 1. The silent auction will feature NASCAR memorabilia and autographed collectibles.

The evening also will include a concert by country music star Chris Chitsey, an appearance by the USAF Thunderbirds and a silent auction.

The auction has become a popular part of Las Vegas' NASCAR weekend and last year raised $89,000 for needy children of southern Nevada.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with Chris Chitsey's concert scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and are currently available online at www.tickets.com. Upon availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Sam¿s Town Live! box office the day of the auction.

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 possibl

On Dec.3, 2002, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed $228,000 to 31 local causes which directly impact the lives of children in the Las Vegas and southern Nevada region.