The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is ramping up for a big month of events as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 17 for the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America.

The annual NASCAR Foundation Track Walk on the morning of the NASCAR Banking 500, Saturday, Oct. 17, will go pink this year in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. During the walk, fans will have the opportunity to walk alongside NASCAR personalities around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.


In addition, Speedway Children's Charities will have a Ride of a Lifetime online auction in conjunction with the NASCAR Banking 500. The auction will give fans the opportunity to bid on various packages surrounding the NASCAR Banking 500, including the chance to ride along with their favorite NASCAR driver during the parade lap after driver introductions. The online auction starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 and will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 11.


Speedway Children's Charities has also planned a poker run, presented by Autotrader.com, on Saturday, Oct. 10, and the Fifth Annual Succession Golf Tournament at Pine Island Country Club on Monday, Oct. 19.


Please see detailed descriptions for each event below:

Sept. 27 - Oct. 11:
Speedway Children's Charities Ride of a Lifetime Lucky bidders will get to ride around the track during driver introductions at the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America on Saturday, Oct. 17 by participating in the Speedway Children's Charities Ride of a Lifetime online auction. Prior to the parade lap, each winner and a guest will receive a cold pit tour and the opportunity to take photos in their driver's pit stall. Other items up for bid are the Speedway Children's Charities/Charlotte Motor Speedway Experience Packages which include pace car rides, Victory Circle passes, pre-race passes and more. The Speedway Children's Charities Ride of a Lifetime Auction begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 and concludes Oct.11. For more information or to place your bid, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.

Oct. 10:
Speedway Children's Charities Poker Run presented by Autotrader.com Take the day and enjoy some of racing's most famous shops during the Speedway Children's Charities Poker Run presented by Autotrader.com on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Poker Run starts at Town and Country Ford in Charlotte at 10 a.m. with breakfast, and is followed by stops at Michael Waltrip Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. Participants will finish the day with a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway and dinner at Town and Country Ford.

The cost is $25 per person. For more information please call 704-455-4396 or visit www.speedwaycharities.org to register.

Oct. 17:
Go Pink at the NASCAR Foundation Track Walk Experience Charlotte Motor Speedway like you never have before by participating in the NASCAR Foundation's Annual Track Walk prior to the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America on Saturday, Oct. 17. Race fans can walk around the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway with NASCAR personalities and race special guests across the start/finish line while supporting three charitable organizations. The track walk begins at 10 a.m. and proceeds will benefit The NASCAR Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. This year the walk will go pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Event participants will enjoy a kick-off celebration prior to entering the track. Get your group together today and get on track for charity! For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.

Oct. 19:
Fifth Annual Succession Golf Tournament
The Fifth Annual Succession Golf Tournament at Pine Island Country Club, sponsored by Dentistry of the Carolinas, returns to raise money for Speedway Children's Charities and the Avenir Foundation on Monday, Oct. 19. Don't miss this opportunity to show off your golfing skills while supporting a great cause. The deadline to reserve a spot for your team is Monday, Oct. 12. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. on tournament day with a noon shotgun start. Email to register your team. For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.