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Speedway Children's Charities holds NASCAR fundraiser

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

NASCAR week is in full swing, and that means fans are getting a chance to get up-close and personal with the drivers.

That was the case at Sam's Town Thursday night, where fan favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. held a Q-and-A session.

This event, like so many other driver appearances this week, was free to the public.

But it also raised money for Speedway Children's Charities.

Rides with drivers for pre-race introductions were auctioned off, and Earnhardt pulled down the highest bid of $7,000.

The best part, the money stays right here in southern Nevada.

"Speedway Children's Charities raises money all year round, and in December we award grants to other children's organizations in our valley to meet their needs, whether it's emotional, educational, financial, whether they need shoes or backpacks or afterschool programs or sending kids with cancer to summer camps," said Paulette Anderson, local director of the charity.

This is the biggest fundraising event for Speedway Children's Charities.

Last year they gave away almost $200,000, and they expect to exceed that in 2013.

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