Brian Thiel Las Vegas news 2009-10-26

Brian Thiel to Showcase Speedway Children's Charity Theme in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. -- NHRA Drag Racer Brian Thiel and his competitive Top Alcohol Funny Car team will showcase Bruton Smith's Speedway Children's Charity at the upcoming NHRA...

Brian Thiel to Showcase Speedway Children's Charity Theme in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. -- NHRA Drag Racer Brian Thiel and his competitive Top Alcohol Funny Car team will showcase Bruton Smith's Speedway Children's Charity at the upcoming NHRA Las Vegas Nationals to be held on "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway contested October 29th- November 1st.

The body of Thiel's 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car will feature a specially designed paint scheme created by graphic artist Eddie Hollon as a part of a historic promotion to raise awareness for Bruton Smith's SMI Corporations' charity. The event marks the first time a race car in drag racing has competed on track flying the colors of the Speedway Children's Charity.

Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $314,000 to 67 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.

For Thiel, a rice farmer by trade from Pleasant Grove, Calif., the decision to support this organization came down to a simple thought. "It's all about the kids," noted Thiel. "When I found out how many children this foundation has helped out over the years, I had to be involved. We hope everybody who see's this car will find it in their heart to support them too. It's a real honor to be apart of this deal and I'm all in."

The car will make its public debut at the S.C.C.'s Sixth Annual Cards for Kids Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament poker tournament to be held Wednesday October 28th, 2009 at the Cannery Hotel and Casino. NHRA drivers Brandon Bernstein, Cory McClenathan, Gary Densham, Shawn Langdon, Morgan Lucas, "Fast Jack" Beckman, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and many more will be on hand for an evening of high stakes and bragging rights.

Fans will have the opportunity to see how long they can outplay and outlast their favorite NHRA drivers at this annual charity event. Entry fee (buy-in) is $250 and players will receive $1,000 in tournament chips. Players also will receive complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening.

-credit: brPR

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Gary Densham , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Brian Thiel