Charlotte Motor Speedway is among the race tracks participating in the NASCAR Foundation's inaugural Blood and Marrow Drive. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, and will be held in conjunction with opening day of the Food Lion AutoFair.

The NASCAR Foundation, in partnership with the Hendrick Marrow Program and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, is spearheading the nationwide event which will collect blood for the American Red Cross and give individuals the opportunity to join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

Each participant at Charlotte Motor Speedway will receive a ticket to the Sept. 14-17 Food Lion Auto Fair and a ticket to Bojangles' Pole Night, featuring NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying for the Bank of America 500, on Thursday night, Oct. 12.

The Blood and Marrow Drive will be held on the fifth floor of Smith Tower, located in front of Charlotte Motor Speedway at the intersection of Highway 29 and Speedway Blvd. Donors should enter through the speedway's main entrance and park on either side of the Avenue of Flags. The drive will run from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit www.nascar.com/foundation to learn more or to register for the Blood and Marrow Drive. Details can also be obtained by contacting the Charlotte Motor Speedway marketing and public relations department at (704) 455-3209.

Food Lion AutoFair, which runs Sept. 14-17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, is the nation's largest automotive extravaganza. The event includes a car show featuring various makes and models from some 50 clubs; more than 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia; and a collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack. A car corral, which completely circles the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway, features nearly 1,500 vehicles of all makes and models available for sale or trade.

Information about Food Lion AutoFair can be obtained by contacting the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704- 455-3205 or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.