Friday, December 23, 2011

$2.5 Million Donated by Speedway Children's Charities in 2011

Nearly one million children benefited from the fundraising efforts of
the eight chapters of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) this year,
with more than $2.5 million donated to 370 non-profit organizations
nationwide for the purpose of helping children in need.

"It is truly a blessing that we were able to help so many children
this year with the money raised," said O. Bruton Smith, founder and
chairman of Speedway Children's Charities. "It is our goal to help as
many children as possible live healthy, happy lives and I am proud of
what everyone at Speedway Children's Charities has accomplished this

A chapter of SCC is located at each of the Speedway Motorsports Inc.,
(SMI) tracks including Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway,
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

With the help of volunteers and the support of sponsors, SCC raised
the money through various fundraising activities such as track walks,
auctions, raffles, holiday light displays, annual galas and more.
Individual and corporate donations were also made throughout the year.
In 2011, SCC also partnered with Feed the Children to provide boxes of
food to deserving families in communities surrounding the individual
SCC chapters.

Since its inception in 1982, SCC has awarded in excess of $35.9
million to non-profit organizations across the country, helping more
than 11.3 million children. The children who have been helped over the
last 29 years would fill the stands of the eight SMI tracks more than
nine times.

"We have been able to help an amazing number of children this year and
over the past 29 years," said Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas
Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "It is
wonderful to see how much Speedway Children's Charities has grown
since its beginning and as we continue to provide assistance, in many
ways, to children in need across the country, I can never thank those
enough who have helped us throughout the years."

SCC was founded by Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports
Inc. and Sonic Automotive, as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton
Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age. The first chapter
was opened at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the same location where the
national offices are today.

For more information on SCC or to see how to volunteer or make a

About Speedway Children's Charities

The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the
ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in
educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them
lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit
organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of
children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no
matter what obstacle they are facing. For more information visit