LVMS drivers to help young kidney disease victim


LAS VEGAS– The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will extend a hand to a nine-year-old kidney transplant candidate Saturday night during the MJ Dean Construction Modified Open Comp.

Ashley Howard, daughter of Jay and Beverly Howard, is waiting for a kidney transplant. Jay is a crewmember on Fabian Bray’s No. 29 Grand American Modified team. Howard’s condition was diagnosed at age three. The end-stage renal disease has caused Howard to be on peritoneal dialysis for 10 hours daily. Ashley is awaiting a Type O kidney donor. A match was made earlier this year, which would have allowed the transplant to have taken place in November, but recently was rejected due to the donor developing kidney stones.

The Howard family will need financial assistance during the transplantation that will take place at Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. The family will live in California for approximately a month. The Ronald McDonald House, which would ordinarily offer assistance, is partially closed for remodeling and expansion. The family has set up a savings account for Ashley: Wells Fargo account number 5998917164. For more information on Ashley and possible donor matches please contact Jay Howard at

“ The race community is warm hearted,” said Howard’s father.“ People are kind in Las Vegas and reach out. We can give more of our attention to Ashley instead of the financial aspect.”

Modified drivers are scheduled to“ pass the helmet” after qualifying races at 7:20 p.m. Howard will be on hand Saturday night for the benefit.

The Make a Wish Foundation granted Howard’s wish Monday at Boulder Station. The young girl was given a limo ride to her Make a Wish party to receive a Gateway laptop computer along with a desk station for her room.

According to the United Network of Organ Sharing 49, 923 people are waiting for a kidney transplant.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. and racing begins at 7:00 p.m.

General Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/military personnel and $3 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. Admission to the Stockyard is $30 per vehicle with a maximum of four people (each additional person is $8). The Family Four Pack (two adults and two children) is available for $20.

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Series Charity , Stock car
Drivers Jay Howard