Edwin Workman and Todd Little, the Hickory sanitation workers who returned $5,100 they discovered in a bag of discarded clothing while working their route, will be rewarded with VIP experiences during the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Saturday night, May 21, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After discovering the money- 51 $100 bills' the men returned the money to the house where they had picked up the bag.

H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, was so impressed with the men's honesty he decided to reward them.

"What these two men did was absolutely wonderful," Wheeler said. "I've always admired people who are honest and Edwin and Todd are a great example of honest, hard-working people."

Wheeler phoned the men Monday with an invitation to attend the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Saturday night, May 21. Each man will receive two VIP tickets, a reserved parking space and a pre-race pit tour. Wheeler also told the men he plans to introduce them during pre-race ceremonies.

"NASCAR is a working mans' sport and you guys are honest, hard-working people," Wheeler told Workman and Little during their conversation. "I've been a working man all of my life so I can identify with you. Trust me; the crowd will go crazy when we introduce you guys."

"When Mr. Wheeler called, I knew his voice before he introduced himself," said Little. "All he had to do was say "hi" and I knew who it was."

Wheeler asked Workman and Little how the owner of the money reacted when they returned it.

"She was pretty much speechless, kind of like we are right now," Little explained. "This whole experience has just been unreal. We did what anyone should do and we became celebrities."

Tickets for the May 21 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, NASCAR's annual all-star race, start at just $33 and are available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.