RACIN' THE BASES RAISES $50,000 FOR VICTORY JUNCTION GANG CAMP

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Officials from Chicagoland Speedway announced today that the inaugural ?Racin? the Bases? charity softball game raised approximately $50,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

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?The camp has really taken off the past few weeks. We?ve seen a lot of kids already but we still need the funds to keep the camp moving forward,? said NEXTEL Cup Series driver and Victory Junction Gang Camp co-founder Kyle Petty. ?Anytime having an event such as ?Racin? the Bases,? something all the fans and drivers can be a part of, that?s big. We are really grateful to the race fans, Chicagoland Speedway and the Joliet JackHammers for letting us come out, have fun and raise funds for the camp.?

Several drivers from the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series, as well as Chicago media and NBC?s NASCAR Broadcast team, took part in the July 8 ?Racin? the Bases? celebrity softball game. Proceeds from ?Racin? the Bases? were raised primarily through ticket sales, commemorative T-shirt sales, auction items and corporate sponsorship.

?Thank you to all the race fans, sponsors and participants who made ?Racin? the Bases? a tremendous success,? said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. ?We look forward to the 2005 game and continuing to work with the Victory Junction Gang Camp and supporting the vital work they do.?

?Racin? the Bases? took place at Silver Cross Field which is located three miles north of Chicagoland Speedway in downtown Joliet and is home to the Joliet JackHammers. The state-of-the-art ballpark opened in 2002 and has a seating capacity of 4,616, but Silver Cross Field can hold more than 7,000 fans including the General Admission areas (grassy hills). Baseball America recently ranked Silver Cross Field as the second best of the 66 ballparks in the independent classification of professional baseball.

Victory Junction Gang Camp: Kyle Petty and wife Pattie Huffman Petty founded The Victory Junction Gang Camp in 2001 in honor of their late son, Adam. Located in Randleman, North Carolina and scheduled to open in June of 2004, Victory Junction Gang Camp will be the seventh in the network of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded for kids by Paul Newman. The camp will be a place where children with chronic and life-threatening illness and their families can retreat to rejuvenate their minds, bodies and spirits. For more information on Victory Junction Gang Camp visit their website at www.victoryjunction.org.

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