Richard Petty Motorsports news 2009-08-17

Stanley Commits $1.5 Million Dollars to Children's Miracle Network for Petty Bristol Victories $1 Million for Sadler in Aug. 22 Sprint Cup Race and $500,000 for Kahne in Aug. 21 Nationwide Race STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2009) -- Richard...

Stanley Commits $1.5 Million Dollars to Children's Miracle Network for Petty Bristol Victories

$1 Million for Sadler in Aug. 22 Sprint Cup Race and $500,000 for Kahne in Aug. 21 Nationwide Race

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2009) -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 Stanley Dodge now have a million more reasons to win the Aug. 22 race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Primary sponsor Stanley will make a $1 million donation to Children's Miracle Network if Sadler wins the 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the half-mile, high-banked track.

But that's not all.

Stanley will donate $500,000 to Children's Miracle Network if Kasey Kahne wins Friday night's race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The incentives are part of the "Racing for a Miracle" program created by Stanley, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network. "Racing for a Miracle" is a multi-dimensional program that benefits sick and injured kids by raising funds for the hospitals that provide their care.

In addition to the race, Sadler is encouraging Ace Hardware patrons to visit one of the country's 1,100 participating Ace Hardware stores during the month of August to buy a $1 "Racing for a Miracle" icon. All donations benefit a local Children's Miracle Network hospital.

"Stanley, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network are not afraid to add a little pressure to an already intense race!" said Sadler, who has won at Bristol in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. "It's a little bit of pressure and a whole lot of incentive. Winning at Bristol is always special, but to potentially give $1 million to such a worthy cause takes it to a whole new level."

Kahne couldn't agree more with his teammate.

"I have always made doing something for kids a priority," said Kahne who won the 250-mile race in 2007. "I'm honored that Stanley would step up and do something this bold to help kids who really do need our help right now."

Kendrick Cohen, a 12-year-old patient at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., will attend the Aug. 22 race as part of a helmet design contest that he won. Elliott Sadler will present Cohen the helmet he designed and a second helmet will be auctioned off later in the season with donations benefiting Children's Miracle Network.

Ace Hardware has been a corporate partner of Children's Miracle Network since 1991 and has raised $40 million for local children's hospitals. These much-needed funds given to Children's Miracle Network hospitals may be used to pay for life-saving equipment, charity care and breakthrough research.

-credit: rpm

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports