Kansas Speedway to Host “Spirit of the Heartland 100”

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 31, 2007) – Kansas Speedway will hold its first annual “Spirit of the Heartland 100” blood and bone marrow drive on September 11, in conjunction with the Community Blood Center and the National Marrow Donor Program.

From 7 AM – 7 PM in the Kansas Speedway media center, donors will be able to donate blood and sign up to be potential bone marrow donors. Donors can sign up for a time by logging onto www.esavealifenow.org and using the sponsor code kansasspeedway. Walk up donors are welcome and will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

After crossing the start/finish line (checking in and receiving their credential), donors will then proceed to their first pit stop – filling out a brief history and donating blood; pit stop #2 is either breakfast pastries or lunch. For stop #3, donors will have the opportunity to take pace laps around Kansas Speedway. The final pit stop of the day will be receiving a “Spirit of the Heartland 100” t-shirt (while supplies last) and goody bag from Kansas Speedway sponsors and the NASCAR Foundation.

In addition, donors will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle for prizes, including tickets to a Kansas Speedway race, an autographed Jamie McMurray die cast, and autographed photos from Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, a panoramic photo of Kansas Speedway, ride-a-longs from Richard Petty Driving Experience and the Racing Experience. Victory Lane will also be open for donors to take photos.

The NASCAR community, through the NASCAR Foundation, Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Hendrick Marrow Program, has stepped up to participate in blood and bone marrow drives across the country, with every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series track holding their own blood and marrow drive.

NASCAR Foundation lapel pins will also be on sale for $5. The proceeds from the pins will be split between the NASCAR Foundation and local charities chosen by Kansas Speedway.


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