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For the sixth straight year, The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) is offering fans the chance to win a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and all you need is $25.
Through the "Win Dale Jr.'s Ride" raffle, fans can purchase a $25 ticket beginning on April 1 at www.windalejrsride.com for the opportunity to take home Earnhardt Jr.'s own 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe 3LT in Sunrise Orange. TDJF will offer 8,888 tickets for the raffle with proceeds benefiting the more than 70 charities it supports.
"We are excited to be able to offer this again in 2016," said Earnhardt Jr. "It's a great opportunity for The Foundation to raise awareness for our mission, and the Corvette is such an iconic car. This program has grown so much the past few years and our fans have really made that happen by purchasing tickets to help us make this a win-win for everyone involved."
The winner will be notified on Monday, Oct. 3, and a date will be determined to have Earnhardt Jr. personally hand over the keys in a private meet-and-greet at JR Motorsports. TDJF will also cover all taxes associated with the Corvette.
"The Win Dale Jr.'s Ride raffle has been very successful for The Foundation over the years," said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, vice president of The Dale Jr. Foundation. "This event is popular among our fans and we're tremendously grateful for their support. The tickets have sold out for the past two years and the program has helped raised more than $1 million for The Foundation since 2011, which in turn has enabled us to help many people at the state and local level."
Defined as the perfect driving machine, every element of this year's Corvette makes it the quickest, most powerful, most refined Stingray ever made. Its aggressive exterior is complemented by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and Chevrolet MyLink radio with navigation.
A pair of additional winners from the raffle will also be selected to receive second and third-place prizes. Second place, and a guest, are entitled to be honorary pit crew members with JR Motorsports at the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series event of the winner's choice. This package includes pit and garage access, a hauler and pit box tour, a VIP gift bag and a travel allowance.
Third prize is pit and garage access and a travel allowance for two to the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series May event at Charlotte Motor Speedway plus a $200 shopping spree at the JR Nation Retail Store. In addition, TDJF will make a donation to a food bank in each of the three winners' hometowns in their honor. Due to restrictions on non-profit raffles, residents from the following states are excluded: Alabama (AL), Hawaii (HI), South Carolina (SC) and Utah (UT).
The "Smoke Show" is a premier driving school hosted by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart that has raised OVER $1 MILLION for children in need living in North Texas! Come spend a day-in-the-life of a NASCAR Cup Series driver with "Smoke" himself! Participants will be given the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a NASCAR driver during a typical race day, drive competitive laps in a stock car on Texas Motor Speedway and interact with Stewart throughout the event! All participants also will enjoy lunch and dinner that is highlighted by a Q&A and autograph session with Stewart as well as an auction of several unique items related to the NASCAR superstar. Speedway Children's Charities-Texas offers multiple pricing packages to participate in the "Smoke Show," beginning at $6,000. The event is limited to 30 participants. To purchase a spot for the "Smoke Show" or for additional information, please call the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas office at (817) 215-8421.
More info at texas.speedwaycharities.org
Richmond International Raceway will open its gates again in 2016 to drive FIVE laps around the ¾-mile oval in exchange for a $20 donation to Richmond International Raceway Cares - the track's Donor Advised Fund of the NASCAR Foundation that assists nonprofits throughout the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Fans can take their cars out onto America's Premier Short Track on:
Sunday, October 16 - 12:00 p.m.
More info at rir.com
The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) announced that its successful Driven to Give Gloves program will focus on four Patient Champions from Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) for its 2016 initiative. As it did last year in its debut, the program will feature the auctioning of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race-worn gloves four times during the 10-month NASCAR season.
"The Driven to Give Gloves program was very successful for The Foundation last year," said Earnhardt Jr. "I'm looking forward to doing it again with a little different format in 2016. We're teaming up with Nationwide Children's Hospital to represent four Patient Champions that we will have coming to Kentucky Speedway in July. Nationwide's commitment to our team and our Foundation is very gratifying and means a lot to everyone involved." The signature skeleton-themed design of Earnhardt Jr.'s Alpinestars gloves will feature a different color for each of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Champions to raise awareness and funds for the Hospital's clinical and research programs. Nationwide Children's is America's largest pediatric hospital and research center with all care provided regardless of a family's ability to pay.
"Nationwide Children's is grateful to The Dale Jr. Foundation and Nationwide for this innovative and exciting collaboration," Jim Digan, president of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, said. "This initiative provides an opportunity for our Patient Champions to share their personal stories and greatly supports the hospital's mission of helping kids everywhere."
Driven to Give Gloves will kick off in April with Earnhardt Jr. wearing gloves accented in blue to raise awareness and funds for Autism. The Patient Champion will be Aiden Vanwagner. In May, Earnhardt Jr.'s gloves will have lavender accents for Pediatric Cancer and highlight Patient Champion Grant Reed. (Complete list below).
In July, the glove color switches to gold for Hearing Impairment and fans will meet Patient Champion Tarissa Suchecki, and in November, they'll have a gray hue for Diabetes with featured Patient Champion Dalton Miller. At the end of each month, Earnhardt Jr. will sign the gloves for auction at TDJF's eBay store with all of the proceeds going to benefit care and research.
"Last year we brought out the Driven to Give Gloves program as an initiative to help spread the word about The Foundation and its mission," said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports and vice-president of TDJF. "It was very successful in doing that, and highlighting Patient Champions from Nationwide Children's Hospital sharpens our focus on helping children in need. This program also allows us to help further Nationwide Children's Hospital's pioneering work in pediatric medicine."
TDJF's mission is to give underprivileged individuals, with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals. Since 2007, TDJF has contributed to charities on local, regional and national levels through donations and nonmonetary aids. The Driven to Give Gloves program has raised more than $97,000. The complete list of glove colors to be worn by Earnhardt Jr. and the Patient Champions the TDJF will aid in 2016 is as follows:
· April - Blue Gloves (Autism) 8-year-old Aiden Vanwagner: Aiden was diagnosed with Autism at an early age but under the care of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aiden has received individualized and comprehensive interventions and is enjoying school in a mainstream classroom. Researchers at Nationwide Children's have many active research projects underway to determine causes and effective new treatments for autism. Auction ended May 3, 2016, go to eBay.com
· May - Lavender Gloves (Pediatric Cancer) 15-year-old Grant Reed: On May 7, 2012, Grant was diagnosed with Medullablastoma, a brain tumor in the back of the head near the brain stem. The tumor was removed three days later but through the removal he developed a syndrome that left him with severe complications and he was admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Nationwide Children's where he regained control of his speech and physical abilities. An avid NASCAR fan, Grant loves following this sport and his father has a history of working in the industry. Auction ends June 9, 2016, go to eBay.com
· July - Gold Gloves (Hearing Impairment) 11-year-old Tarissa Suchecki: Tarissa was born more than two months premature and suffered from complications of prematurity. She spent the first seven months of her life at Nationwide Children's. One of the complications was profound hearing loss. Despite many challenges, Tarissa has grown into a beautiful young lady who enjoys fourth grade and pageant competitions. Nationwide Children's is home to America's largest neonatal care network and research center. Auction ends Friday, August 5, 2016, go to eBay.com
· November - Gray Gloves (Diabetes) 11-year-old Dalton Miller: In December 2012, Dalton was diagnosed with Type I diabetes but that has not stopped him from being a very active young man. He works closely with his clinical team to manage his condition carefully letting him live a normal life. He is very aware of his illness and constant monitoring of his food and beverages has helped him learn his math skills.
Pollex, Truex, Jr. design "Never Give Up" bracelet for ovarian cancer: During a post-race interview following his June 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway, Martin Truex Jr. was asked by a member of the media how he was able to keep going forward after all the adversity that's confronted him over the past two seasons. Without hesitation Truex gave a succinct and heartfelt answer -- "Never Give Up." The "Never Give Up" saying has taken on a meaning of its own, touching Truex's social media followers and race fans throughout the country and the world. Due to the global reaction to the slogan, Truex and his girlfriend Sherry Pollex have designed a NEVER GIVE UP wristband to help raise awareness, advocacy and research funding for ovarian cancer through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in cooperation with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA). The cost of the NEVER GIVE UP wristband is $4 and can be ordered online by visiting www.martintruexjr.com. With September being National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the OCNA will also be selling the NEVER GIVE UP wristbands at its Teal Appeal display booth during the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series weekend at Darlington Raceway. The black and teal NEVER GIVE UP silicone wristbands carry a personal message from Martin and Sherry along with their signatures separated by a teal ribbon. The wristband will also include a card that lists the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The outside matte black finish of the wristband represents Truex's #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet and the inside teal finish represents the official ribbon color for ovarian cancer awareness.(Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation)(8-27-2015)
The Greg Biffle Foundation is happy to announce the release of the 2016 NASCAR Pets Calendar which is now available for sale on the foundation's website www.gregbifflefoundation.com. Proceeds from the calendar benefit the Greg Biffle Foundation which was founded in 2005 to create awareness and serve as an advocate to improve the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motor sports industry. "The NASCAR Pets Calendar is unique in that it shows drivers off the track with some very special family members - their pets - and it really resonates with our fans," said Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ford and founder of the Greg Biffle Foundation. "The calendar's success and the fan support allows us to help shelters across the country that need our help."
Greg is an avid animal lover and wanted to raise money to help animals and the idea for the calendar was born. This is the 10th edition of the calendar which is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Greg Biffle Foundation. The response to the 2006 edition made it the best-selling item on NASCAR.com.
The 2016 Calendar features NASCAR Drivers Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Casey Mears, Ty Dillon, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Miss Sprint Cups - Julianna White and Madison Martin pictured with their pets. The calendar also features members of the media including Krista Voda, Chris Myers, Jamie Little, Steve Richards and John Roberts.
Since its creation, the Greg Biffle Foundation has awarded grants to over 500 humane societies and animal shelters from coast to coast. Representing the best interests of the animals and using the full potential of each participant's involvement is the purpose for the Greg Biffle Foundation. Financial support for the foundation comes from a variety of sources including individual contributions along with the sale of NASCAR Pets calendars. The calendars are available on the Greg Biffle Foundation website www.gregbifflefoundation.com, NASCAR.com, and various NASCAR driver fan club websites.
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Canceled: Amid uncertainty about Langley Speedway's future, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, scheduled for the track April 21, has been canceled. Race coordinator Buck Reuss said Denny Hamlin Foundation management informed him Tuesday that the charity race will not be held at Langley or any track this season. "This is due to the situation at Langley Speedway," Reuss said. "I don't blame anyone operating the track, because I think (Victory Lane Motorsports owner) Bill Mullis and (Langley Speedway general manager) Chuck Hall have done more for the track than anyone since Joe Carver (Langley's promoter from the mid-1970s to early '80s). But the drivers needed to set their schedules by Jan. 5 at the latest."
Mullis has not been able to purchase the property on which the track sits from the California-based landowner because they disagree on the purchase price. Mullis has leased the track from the landowner the previous six seasons, but has said it would be more viable financially for him to operate the track by purchasing it. Minus a purchase agreement or lease, track management has not released a schedule for the 2016 season and, during the past week, has moved much of its property off of the premises. In addition, Langley Speedway management did not re-sign with NASCAR for three races run at the track annually: one in the K&N Pro Series East and two others in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series. Hall and Mullis, who could not be reached for comment, have not announced they are pulling out of Langley. "Negotiations are ongoing," Hall said Tuesday when asked about the future of Langley.
The Hamlin charity race was expected to be one of the biggest events in track history. Reuss said that in addition to Hamlin, he expected his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and 2003 Cup champ Matt Kenseth, to also be part of the Showdown field. But Reuss said that Denny Hamlin Foundation management feels it is impossible to organize the race now with the uncertainty that Langley Speedway will open. In addition to driver commitments, Reuss said most of the money raised comes from people associated with drivers other than Hamlin, and that those sponsors also needed to know race specifics by early January to commit their funds. Reuss said there would be logistical difficulties in organizing the race after early January, such as setting race rules and procedures and getting NASCAR licensing. He said that the race will resume again in 2017 and he hopes that it will be at Langley. Langley has never hosted the Short Track Showdown. Previous hosts were Southside Speedway, RIR and South Boston Speedway.(Daily Press)(1-14-2016)
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to be held at Langley Speedway in 2016: When Buck Reuss was asked why the Denny Hamlin Foundation is finally bringing the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to Langley Speedway on April 21, 2016, he got right to the point. "It's Langley's turn," said Reuss, Langley Speedway's pit road race announcer and the race coordinator of Hamlin's annual charity race. "I've been saying for years that the race should come to Langley. Langley is where Denny Hamlin won the 1997 Mini-Stock championship and raced Grand Stocks in 1998. This gives the fans in Hampton Roads a chance to see it and businesses all the way to Virginia Beach a chance to contribute to charities supported by the Denny Hamlin Foundation." The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is held each spring in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stop at Richmond International Raceway. It annually draws many of the top Cup drivers in a race against some of the best Late Model drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region." The race - held previously at Southside Speedway, RIR and South Boston Speedway - benefits a number of charities supported by Hamlin: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Kyle Petty Victory Junction Gang Camp, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the VCU Children's Hospital. Reuss says the race raises from $30,000-$100,000 annually for Hamlin's foundation.(Daily Press)(9-6-2015)
AND: As NASCAR's Whelen All-American Series only "pro-am" charity event, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown (DHSTS) starts a new chapter as it plans to move the celebrity Late Model race across the Commonwealth of Virginia to Langley Speedway (Hampton, Va.) for the ninth edition of the event in April 2016. Proceeds from the Showdown charity event benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.
Previously, the star-studded race, which pits NASCAR stars against local Late Model racers, has been hosted at three other historic Virginia racing facilities: Southside Speedway (2008-10), Richmond International Raceway (2011-13), and South Boston Speedway (2014-15). Race winners have included Hamlin, fellow NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, and local Late Model stars C.E. Falk and Matt Bowling. Virginia-native Timothy Peters, a regular on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, won the 2015 event last April at South Boston Speedway. "The Showdown is a great way to bring attention to these historic Virginia tracks where many NASCAR drivers cut their teeth in stock car racing, including myself," said event host Denny Hamlin, a native of Chesterton, Va. near Richmond. "Tracks like South Boston and Langley are the heart of the sport and draw a great crowd to our Showdown events."
Hamlin began his stock car racing career at Langley Speedway in 1997 and would go on to win not only his first stock car race in the tracks mini-stock series, but also capture the track's rookie-of-the-year honors and the track championship in his debut season. Langley Speedway is a 4/10-mile asphalt oval that hosts NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model stock cars, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Tour. In addition, Langley has hosted the NASCAR Drive 4 Diversity program for the past four years. These items, coupled with the facility celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2015, make this racing mecca a perfect host for the NASCAR Hometracks' one-of-a-kind event.
The date for the invite-only, non-points NASCAR-sanctioned event will be the Thursday night before the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Richmond International Raceway, which typically is mid-to-late April. The 2016 NASCAR schedule has not been released yet. The Showdown returns to South Boston Speedway in 2018, starting a planned, two-year rotation between South Boston and Langley as Showdown host tracks.
Past Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Winners: 2015 - Timothy Peters; 2014 - Matt Bowling; 2013 - Kyle Busch; 2012 - Tony Stewart; 2011 - Denny Hamlin; 2010 - C.E. Falk; 2009 - Kyle Busch; 2008 - Kyle Busch (DHF/Langley Speedway PR)(9-8-2015)
Jeff Hanson Wins The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: Picture this: a remarkable young artist whose talent sprang from the challenges of a childhood fight against cancer is the 2015 winner of The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide. Jeff Hanson, 22, from Overland Park, Kansas, emerged from an elite group of four finalists after two months of online fan voting on NASCAR.com. The voting ended Thursday night; the fifth annual award was presented on Friday night during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was established in honor of the foundation's chairwoman emeritus and founder Betty Jane France, for her longstanding charitable and community service efforts. Since its inception, the award has benefited more than 52,000 children nationally. Hanson will receive a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation for the charity he represents, the New York-based Children's Tumor Foundation, in addition to a 2016 vehicle from Official Car Sponsor, Ford.
"Jeff Hanson's story is inspiring and his accomplishments are impressive," said France, who presented the award Friday night. "This is a resilient and immensely talented young man we have become proud to know - and even more proud to have as our fifth annual award winner."
"Nationwide would like to congratulate Jeff for winning the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award," said Terrance Williams, chief marketing officer for Nationwide. "Jeff's impact has been an inspiration to us all and we look forward to seeing him continuing his amazing work."
Hanson was only six years old when he was diagnosed with optic glioma, a tumor that was attacking his optic nerve. The tumor was caused by the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis (NF). After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he was legally blind at the age of 12. During chemotherapy treatments in 2005, Hanson began painting with bright colors suited for someone with limited vision. In 2006 he turned his paintings into a fundraising platform for the Children's Tumor Foundation, selling them from his family's driveway. He raised $15,000 that summer - and then, continued to paint. His paintings have now raised more than $250,000 for the Children's Tumor Foundation and more than $1.3 million for charities worldwide. "What this means to me ... is I'm thrilled, I'm honored," Hanson said. "It means so much to me, that I can help the Children's Tumor Foundation with a $100,000 donation. Being recognized by such a well-known name as NASCAR is a win for the Children's Tumor Foundation and for neurofibromatosis, helping to raise awareness of a disorder that affects one in every 3,000 people. The money that we receive from The NASCAR Foundation will be used to launch an exciting new research program aimed at improving the lives of people like me who live with NF and help us get a little closer to finding a cure."
This year's award finalists also included Charlotte, North Carolina's Bob Bowler of Special Olympics North Carolina; Sellersburg, Indiana's Stephanie Decker of the Stephanie Decker Foundation; and Dunedin Florida's Carl Flatley of the Sepsis Alliance. All three will receive $25,000 donations from The NASCAR Foundation for their respective causes. "As always, we consider all of our finalists to be winners in their own right," France said. "All four have first-rate credentials, resulting in extremely close competition this year. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: NASCARfoundation.org. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on www.Facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.(NASCAR Foundation)(12-6-2015)
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