Race fans attending the Bank of America 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 13, can personally meet "The Beast of the Southeast."

Prior to the showdown between "The Beast" and the world's best stock car drivers, fans may walk around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway as part of The NASCAR Foundation's Track Walk.

Presented by Bank of America and hosted by Speedway Children's Charities, the Track Walk starts at 10 a.m. and gives race fans the unique opportunity to walk the racing surface, experience the 24-degree banking in the turns and cross the start/finish line while also helping children.

Proceeds from the Track Walk benefit The NASCAR Foundation and the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, which supports organizations and foundations that provide medical, emotional and social services to children in need.

Track Walk participants can form teams when they register and may also set goals to raise additional money through an online fundraising campaign.

Walkers may register online at www.nascar.com/foundation or at Lowe's Motor Speedway starting Thursday, Oct. 11. The Track Walk registration booth will be located near the Avenue of Flags in front of Smith Tower and will be open from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Last-minute registration on the day of the event will take place near Gate 26 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Cost is $30 for adults while children under 14 walk for free with a paid adult. All participants receive an event T-shirt.

Additional information about the Track Walk can be obtained by calling (704) 348-9680 or by visiting www.nascar.com/foundation. Tickets for the Oct. 13 Bank of America NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online.