Individual game tickets for the second annual Racin' the Bases Celebrity Softball Game, to be played on Thursday, July 7, 2005, go on sale to the general public beginning at 10:00 am (central time) on Saturday, May 7. General Admission Lawn Tickets are $10.00, while Reserved Seats and Box Seats are $15.00. To purchase tickets, log onto, call the Joliet JackHammers ticket department at 815-726-BALL (2255) or visit the box office at Silver Cross Field.

In addition to defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch, and Chicago Cub's legend and 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, Ryne Sandberg, several other players have confirmed participation in the charity softball game. Jennie Finch, member of the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal U.S.A. softball team, along with several of her Chicago Bandits professional softball team members, will also play in the game. NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty, Tim Fedewa, Stacy Compton, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin have also confirmed they will take part in the game. Additional drivers, media members and celebrities that are taking part in the game will be announced periodically.

The game, which will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, includes an autograph session with players, a silent auction and other exciting features. Gates open at 4:00 pm (central time), with the autograph session tentatively taking place from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The game will start at approximately 6:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. In 2004, the Racin' the Bases Celebrity Softball Game raised more than $50,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Racin' the Bases is part of Joliet's annual FanFest activities that kicks-off Chicagoland Speedway's NASCAR weekend. Located a couple 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.

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.

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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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