"I can?t believe it; I never win anything," said Bolingbrook, Illinois resident Kelly Spung after she received her congratulatory phone call notifying her she won the 2003 Tropicana 400 autographed helmet raffle.

Spung, who purchased only one $5.00 raffle ticket, was one of over 1,800 race fans who entered the raffle to benefit Chicagoland Speedway?s official charities - the Mike Guglielmucci Sr. Racer's Benevolent Fund and the George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, Illinois.

"I figured I wouldn?t win, but the charities were a good enough reason for me to buy a raffle ticket," said the Northern Illinois University student. Although not knowing it at the time, Spung was one of the first to purchase a raffle ticket for the helmet. For Spung, winning the autographed helmet was even more meaningful because her favorite driver, Ryan Newman, won this year?s Tropicana 400.

The helmet was designed specifically for Chicagoland Speedway?s 2003 Tropicana 400 raffle and was autographed by the NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers who participated in the 2003 Tropicana 400.

?The proceeds from this raffle make it possible for the vital work of the Boys and Girls Club with the youth in Joliet to continue, as well as assist the Mike Guglielmucci Sr. Racer's Benevolent Fund in helping racers that have been injured in auto racing-related accidents,? said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. Alexander concluded, "We?d also like to thank all the drivers who took time out of their busy race weekend schedule to sign the helmet and the many race fans who purchased a ticket. This is another example that the stars of NASCAR truly care about more than just winning a race. They were very accommodating to help make this raffle a success.?

The George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club: The George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, Illinois was established in 1953. Since that time, the Club has served as a home-away-from-home for thousands of at risk youth in the greater Joliet area. At present, the Boys & Girls Club has a membership of approximately 1,500 youngsters between the ages of six and 18. The Boys and Girls Club of America is one of the few private national youth organizations in the country today with the experience, capability and commitment to serve our nation's highest risk, hardest to reach boys and girls. For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, call Steve Corrao at (815) 723-3434.

The Mike Guglielmucci Sr. Racers Benevolent Fund: It was created eight years ago to honor the memory of Mike Guglielmucci Sr. and to benefit racers that were injured in auto racing-related accidents. The fund has grown over the years to include scholarships to 12 students enrolled in the Automotive Program at Joliet Junior College and monetary donations to local high schools to improve their automotive programs and shops. For more information about the Mike Guglielmucci Sr. Racers Benevolent Fund, call Mike Guglielmucci Jr. at (815) 467-2058.

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