NASCAR Foundation news 2008-10-09

THE NASCAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $450,000 DONATION TO VICTORY JUNCTION GANG NASCAR Day Annual Fundraiser Has Raised More Than $1.5 Million For Victory Junction CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2008) -- Representatives for The NASCAR Foundation presented...

THE NASCAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $450,000 DONATION TO VICTORY JUNCTION GANG
NASCAR Day Annual Fundraiser Has Raised More Than $1.5 Million For Victory Junction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2008) -- Representatives for The NASCAR Foundation presented Victory Junction Gang with a $450,000 check today from funds raised through the NASCAR Day 2008 celebration. Mike Helton, NASCAR president and The NASCAR Foundation board member, and Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications and The NASCAR Foundation board member, made the presentation to camp founder Kyle Petty and Victory Junction camper Collin McCord at the camp in Randleman, N.C., prior to a service project carried out by members of The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network.

"It's incredible what Kyle and Pattie Petty have been able to create with Victory Junction Gang," said Helton. "The NASCAR Foundation is proud to have a long history of supporting this organization that makes such a huge impact in the lives of children every day."

NASCAR Day recognizes the NASCAR spirit and has raised more than $5 million to help those who need it most in an event as unique as the sport itself. Celebrated annually on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is an opportunity for fans, corporations, schools and organizations across the country to donate $5 to The NASCAR Foundation. The funds raised go to support a wide variety of causes supported by The NASCAR Foundation Family of Charities.

Since its launch in 2006, The NASCAR Foundation's total contributions to Victory Junction Gang have topped $1.5 million, helping to send more than 600 kids to camp.

"Since Victory Junction's inception, NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation have been key pillars to our success," said Petty. "As a beneficiary of The NASCAR Foundation's giving spirit and dedication to children, Victory Junction has served more than 500 children and been privileged to benefit from the national exposure and partnership opportunities they provide."

Several members of The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network also attended camp for a service project. Volunteers worked with the grounds crew from Victory Junction to spread mulch across the facility to help prepare for the next round of campers. They also were treated to a tour and lunch at the "Fuel Stop."

It is not too late to contribute to NASCAR Day. Visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/nascarday to learn how.

About The NASCAR Foundation

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.

About Victory Junction Gang Camp

Victory Junction Gang is a year-round camping environment for children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, Kan. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 22 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

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Series Charity , NASCAR
Drivers Kyle Petty , Mike Helton , Jim Hunter