TONY STEWART 'SMOKE SHOW' RAISES OVER $200,000 FOR SPEEDWAY CHILDREN'S CHARITIES-TEXAS CHAPTER
FORT WORTH, Texas (August 18, 2010) -- The Tony Stewart "Smoke Show" fantasy camp, held Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway, raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter for the third consecutive year.
The "Smoke Show," a driving school extravaganza hosted by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, raised a one-day total of $202,000 to push the program's three-year charitable donations for SCC-Texas to $676,000. The "Smoke Show" remains the highest-grossing, single-day event for the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter.
The "Smoke Show" was boosted by its annual auction for the fantasy campers that raised $74,000 of the overall total. The highest-selling item was the pair of custom "Smoke Show" revolvers designed and manufactured by Turnbull Mfg., which were secured with a winning bid of $35,000.
"The success of the 'Smoke Show' is testimony that our approach of combining people's love of motorsports and their philanthropic spirit bent on helping children works," SCC-Texas Chapter Executive Director Jaime Carlin said. "When you add Tony's popularity and his gracious gift of his time, the real winners are the children of North Texas."
The "Smoke Show" attracted 25 participants for this year's edition of the ultimate motorsports fantasy camp hosted by Stewart. The fastest lap was posted by Kelly Reed, of Erath, La., at 148.350 miles per hour (36.4 seconds) on Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval.
The "Smoke Show" provides campers the opportunity to drive actual NASCAR-engineered stock cars on TMS' oval, but also immerse themselves into the entire race-day experience of a NASCAR driver.
The guests arrive to a professional-style locker room with their personalized firesuits hanging in their locker featuring their names above. They participate in pre- and post-race festivities sandwiched around their driving experience as they partake in pre-race introductions, parade laps and National Anthem to the traditional TMS Victory Lane celebration with the winner's trophy, six shooters and cowboy hat. The driving portion consists of two 10-lap sessions as well as a thrilling three-lap, two-seater ride with Stewart.
The event concludes with its annual dinner and auction, which also includes a Q&A and autograph session with Stewart, and this year it was held in conjunction with Texas Motor Speedway's 2011 schedule announcement Tuesday evening at the House of Blues in Dallas. The dinner and auction were held in a private room at the House of Blues and then the campers were treated to VIP seats for the schedule announcements and a special concert by the Goo Goo Dolls.
For more information on the "Smoke Show," please contact Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter at (817) 215-8564 or visit www.scctexas.org. Speedway Children's Charities also plays host to a wide range of events and promotions geared around race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway to generate charitable funds for the coming year. Since the chapter's inception in 1997, more than $6.7 million in funding has been distributed, including a record $1 million in grants the previous two years, programs for children of North Texas.