Racing wives auxiliary to be honored at MIS

Racing wives auxiliary to be honored at annual Boy Scout benefit dinner. BROOKLYN, Mich. --A long-standing Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR tradition just got bigger, as the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary will be honored at the...

Racing wives auxiliary to be honored at annual Boy Scout benefit dinner.

BROOKLYN, Mich. --A long-standing Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR tradition just got bigger, as the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary will be honored at the 2003 NASCAR/MIS Boy Scout Benefit to raise money for the Great Sauk Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The annual NASCAR/MIS Boy Scout Benefit dinner and auction will take place Friday, August 15, 2003, at Michigan International Speedway. Past events have combined to raise more than $900,000 for the Great Sauk Trail Council. The event will have another beneficiary this year as ten percent of the event's net proceeds will go to the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary.

Typically, several NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers attend the auction, which every year honors a dignitary. Past honorees include Richard Petty, Bill France Jr., Roger Penske and Darrell Waltrip.

"It's great to know that an organization such as the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary is there to support all of the heroes that have helped to shape MIS history," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We are thrilled to honor them and assist in raising dollars and awareness for them."

"Ken and I have attended the Boy Scout Dinner since its inception and have enjoyed each different honoree," said Ann Schrader, wife of Winston Cup star Ken Schrader. "This year is going to be especially great, with the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary being honored. Scouting, like NASCAR, is truly an American tradition. MIS is continuing its history of supporting organizations that provide assistance and leadership to the people of their local community and in the racing community. We are privileged to be part of this wonderful event."

Allen Bestwick, announcer for NBC/TNT NASCAR broadcasts, serves as master of ceremonies. The highlight of the evening is an auction of donated items with NASCAR racing legend and NBC color commentator Benny Parsons as the auctioneer.

This year's lucky guests will receive a special opportunity during the auction that evening. Guests will be able to bid for a ride with their favorite driver in a GMC Sierra during the pre-race driver introduction lap prior to the August 17, Michigan 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at MIS. Half of the proceeds for these particular auction items will benefit Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp, a youth camp being built in honor of their late son Adam.

For more information on how to purchase a table for the 2003 NASCAR/MIS Boy Scout Banquet, please call the Great Sauk Trail of the Boy Scouts of America at 734-971-7100.

Through the fundraiser, an endowment fund has also been established, and two $10,000 scholarships have been awarded every year since 1997. The first recipients of the scholarships graduated from their respective four-year universities this past year. Travis Annatoyn of Howell High School and Christopher Strahler of Chelsea High School received the 2002 scholarships from funds raised through last year's benefit. Annatoyn and Strahler now both attend the University of Michigan, with Annatoyn majoring in Literature, Science, and the Arts, while Strahler majors in Aerospace Engineering.

The Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary was established in 1965 and it's main mission is to provide financial support to Winston Cup drivers and crew members who suffer injury or tragedy as a result of participation in a Winston Cup event. To help accomplish the goal of financial support, the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary Trust was established. From the initial contribution of $1,039.00, the Auxiliary Trust Fund has grown to enable it to make substantial contributions to Winston Cup families in need.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Ken Schrader , Richard Petty , Benny Parsons , Roger Penske