Guests of RCR's 40th Anniversary Celebration Contribute $170,000 to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

WELCOME, N.C. (October 27, 2009) -- Guests at Richard Childress Racing's 40th Anniversary Fan Day and dinner, held October 22 at the RCR facility, contributed $170,000 to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

An estimated 2,500 fans attended the day-long celebration that included tours of the RCR shops, autograph sessions and sponsor displays. One of the many highlights of the day was a panel discussion by original members of the Flying Aces pit crew which was hosted by Barney Hall, the legendary voice of the Motor Racing Network.

The dinner program was emceed by Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a long-time voice of MRN, who moderated a lively on-stage discussion between Richard Childress, NASCAR legends Junior Johnson, Bobby and Donnie Allison, NASCAR President Mike Helton, Hall and long-time RCR employee and SIRIUS XM Radio personality Danny "Chocolate" Myers. A live auction and concert by Phil Vassar closed out the evening's festivities.

"I would like to thank all of the fans, some from as far away as California and Canada, who came to the RCR facility to be a part of the 40th anniversary celebration and raised money for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma," said Childress. "I would also like to thank the many RCR sponsors that set up their displays and helped create a great day of activities. I really enjoyed getting to spend time with many old friends and fans, and sharing stories of the more than 40 years of RCR history."

During the evening festivities, Helton, who is also a NASCAR Foundation Board Member, presented Childress and the Childress Institute with a $100,000 grant from The NASCAR Foundation. The grant funding is separate from the $170,000 raised from the fan day celebration and dinner.

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