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Chances to help racing in

August 16th, 2012 9:35 am by Sue Guinn Legg

With tens of thousands of race fans on hand for next week’s NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway, there’s a long roster of opportunities for race-themed fun and fundraising to help a host of nonprofit charitable organizations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and beyond.
Registration for the lineup of events that will help the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities help hundreds of youth service agencies in the local region and to give seriously ill children everywhere an opportunity to attend camp at the Petty racing family’s Victory Junction Camp in Randleman, N.C., is already under way. Bidding in SCC’s online auction of coveted BMS experiences will remain open through Monday. And at area Food City stores, sponsors of next Friday night’s Food City 250, Food City checkout associates will be collecting donations through Saturday to help NASCAR king Richard Petty and Paralyzed Veterans of America help paralyzed veterans in the local region.
To help Petty and PVA build better futures for area veterans who have been seriously injured, Food City’s checkout associates are inviting shoppers to a choose a $1, $3 or $5 “Mission Able” donation slip to add to their grocery tab. The promotion will continue through Saturday and the proceeds will be presented to PVA by Petty at Friday night’s race. One hundred percent of all donations raised will be used to help veterans in the local area live healthier lives, secure their military benefits and advance their education, job training and employment opportunities.
For Speedway Children’s Charities and the local youth service programs it assists, bidding in SCC’s online benefit auction will remain open through Monday at bristol.speedwaycharities.org. Prizes up for grabs include a “Ride of a Lifetime” opportunity to lap the track with a NASCAR superstar during driver introductions at the Sprint Cup series IRWIN Tools 500 night race on Saturday; a high-speed, five-lap “Race Car Ride with Brad Keselowski,” winner of last year’s August night race at Bristol; a pair of “All Access” pit passes for both Friday and Saturday’s racing and other coveted BMS experiences.
SCC’s 14th annual golf tournament will be played Monday, beginning at noon at Tri-Cities Golf Course in Blountville. The entry fee is $150 per player and includes cart and green fees and chances to win a $5,000 Hole in One Challenge and other prizes.
On Tuesday, Nationwide Series drivers Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Joey Coulter will be the featured competitors in a Shooting with the Stars pistol shooting tournament at Shooter’s Edge Indoor Range and Training Center in Piney Flats. The tournament entry fee is $100 and includes dinner, training, use of a .22-caliber handgun, ammunition and 15 themed targets. The tournament will begin at 4 p.m.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along for Victory Junction Gang Camp scholarships and SCC’s Track Laps for Kids and a live BMS Memorabilia Auction will take place Thursday at the track.
SCC’s Track Laps for Kids will run from 8:30 to 10:30 next Thursday morning. Licensed adult drivers and their children may take their own vehicles five laps around the “Worlds Fastest Half-Mile,” following the Irwin Tools Night Race pace car. The cost is $35 per vehicle.
The Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along will run from 6:30 to 9:30 during next Thursday evening’s Family Race Night at Bristol. Race fans can suit up and climb aboard for three high-speed laps around the recently re-elevated high banks at BMS. The cost is $159 per rider. Participants must be a minimum of 14 years old or stand at least 4 feet tall and weigh at least 80 pounds. To pre-register call 800-237-3889 or visit www.drivepetty.com.
For information about SCC’s live BMS memorabilia auction on Thursday or to register for any of next week’s SCC events, visit www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org or contact Betsy Holleman at 989-6975 or betsy@bristolmotorspeedway.com.

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