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Special Victory Junction Gang paint scheme to run at upcoming Charlotte NASCAR RACE. Bill Elliott to pilot No. 83 entry and serve as Grand Marshal of Ride to the Victory IV CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October X, 2006) -- There's a new car on the track ...

Special Victory Junction Gang paint scheme to run at upcoming Charlotte NASCAR RACE.

Bill Elliott to pilot No. 83 entry and serve as Grand Marshal of Ride to the Victory IV

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October X, 2006) -- There's a new car on the track and NASCAR legend Bill Elliott is behind the wheel. Elliott will be driving the Victory Junction Gang No. 83 Dodge at the Bank of America 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway from October 12-14. Running the No. 83 entry is Team Red Bull, which is entering its first of three 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in preparation for the 2007 season. In addition to Elliott's on-track driving duties, he'll serve as the Grand Marshall at this year's Ride to Victory IV, which takes place on Sunday, October 15.

"There's no better way to raise awareness and funds for the Victory Junction Gang than through two of my passions -- racing and riding," said Elliott, who will be make his 754th start. Team Red Bull, together with Elliott, plans to donate the team's Charlotte race winnings and the No. 83 car and Elliott's driver suit for auction. The auction will take place in November and Information can be found at www.nascar.com/foundation.

On Sunday, October 15, the day following the Charlotte night race, Elliott leads the fourth annual Ride to Victory charity motorcycle ride that also benefits the Victory Junction Gang. The ride originates in Gastonia, NC, makes a pit stop in Mooresville for a tour of Team Red Bull race shop, then crosses the finish line at Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC. The ride will cover just over 100 miles and the event is $85 per person. All proceeds will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp. Fans that will be coming in for the weekend are invited and encouraged to bring their bikes and join the Ride to Victory IV. Registration for the ride can be done online at www.kylepettycharityride.com .

"The Ride to Victory IV will be a great ending to what will be a great NASCAR racing weekend," said Mark Dyer, NASCAR Vice President of Licensing. "Each year the Ride to Victory grows, and we are hoping for an even more successful ride this year."

"The Ride to Victory has been a great and fun way for participants to get involved and make it possible for some very special kids to attend our camp," said Kyle Petty, co-founder of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, along with his wife, Pattie. "This is our fourth year for the Ride, and the whole racing community, from fans to drivers and crew members, have embraced it, and have really enjoyed the event."

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

The mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15. Each summer, children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, and a host of others, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts and others, as well as NASCAR related program areas.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundation. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

-credit: www.VictoryJunction.org

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Series Charity , NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Kyle Petty