Chicagoland Speedway, the Joliet JackHammers and the Victory Junction Gang Camp announced today the second annual Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at the Joliet JackHammer’s Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

In 2004, the Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game raised approximately $50,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. “The 2004 Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game was a huge success,” said Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Georgia-Pacific Dodge in the NEXTEL Cup Series and co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp. “I’m honored to take part in the game again this year and am very appreciative of everyone’s desire to assist us in our effort to provide a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illness to enjoy.”

Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch, as well as Chicago Cub’s legend and 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, Ryne Sandberg, are the first to confirm participation in the game. Additional drivers, media members and celebrities that are taking part in the game will be announced soon. The game will also include an autograph session with players, a silent auction and other exciting features.

"I wasn't really sure what to expect since last year was the inaugural game, but I was amazed at the turnout we had and the great ballpark they have,” said Busch. “Our team ended up winning 24-10, but more importantly, we raised over $50,000 for Victory Junction Gang Camp. This year, to top it off, I'll be playing ball with Ryne Sandberg who was my baseball idol when I was growing up."

The charity softball game will take place at Silver Cross Field, home of 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.

Racin’ the Bases is part of Joliet’s annual FanFest activities that kicks-off Chicagoland Speedway’s NASCAR weekend. Located several miles from Chicagoland Speedway, FanFest will also include concerts, driver appearances, NASCAR show cars, merchandise trailers, the Chicagoland Speedway Pace Car, a classic car cruise, food, drink and much more.

Individual game tickets for Racin’ the Bases Celebrity Softball Game go on sale at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, May 7. General Admission Lawn Tickets are $10.00, while Reserved Seats and Box Seats are $15.00. To purchase tickets, please call the Joliet JackHammers ticket department at 815-726-BALL (2255) or visit

Victory Junction Gang Camp: Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, Victory Junction is a year-round, multi-disease camp serving children from the Carolinas and Virginia. The camp provides sessions to children ages seven to fifteen with life-threatening illnesses. The Victory Junction Gang Camp has a racing theme that allows campers to begin their experience by entering the camp through a tunnel and crossing a starting line into the world of racing. Victory Junction’s 75-acre site has more than 36 buildings, including a dining hall, gym, pool, theater, therapeutic equestrian center, arts and crafts center, race shop, and 16 camper cabins. The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, opened on June 20, 2004 and is free to children and their families. For more information, visit

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