In conjunction with NASCAR and the Joliet Jackhammers, Chicagoland Speedway raised $58,000 at the second annual “Racin’ the Bases” charity softball game last Thursday, surpassing last year’s total of $50,000. Proceeds from the event — which were raised from ticket sales, commemorative T-shirt sales, auction items and corporate sponsorship — benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp.

“It’s amazing what Chicagoland, the city of Joliet, the Joilet JackHammers and all the drivers have been able to do with this event the past couple years,” Petty said. “The support we get from the fans is tremendous, and it’s huge for Victory Junction Gang Camp. Guys like Kurt and Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Dave Blaney, Tim Fedewa and all the guys that give their time really make this a great event. We’re really grateful for the ‘Racin’ the Bases’ event and how much it has raised for the camp.”

Legendary Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame inductee Ryne Sandberg and Olympic gold medalist softball player Jennie Finch joined in the festivities, which included a pre-game autograph session and the celebrity softball contest. The event attracted more than 5,000 people to Silver Cross Field, home of the Joliet Jackhammers.

“We want to thank all the race fans, sponsors and participants who made ‘Racin’ the Bases’ such a terrific success,” said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. “We realize how many kids value and appreciate the tremendous experience they have at Victory Junction Gang Camp, and we will continue to support the camp and the vital work they do there.”

Victory Junction Gang Camp: Kyle Petty and wife Pattie Huffman Petty founded Victory Junction Gang Camp in 2001 in honor of their late son, Adam. Located in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction Gang Camp is the seventh in the network of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded for kids by Paul Newman. The camp provides 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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