Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk Set for Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Speedway Children's Charities and The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. here at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Track Walk is a fun, family-friendly event that enables race fans to take a lap around the track while raising funds for two worthy causes. Proceeds from the walk will benefit Speedway Children's Charities, Charlotte Chapter, and The NASCAR Foundation.

Interested participants can register for the walk today and tomorrow at the registration booth located in front of the Smith Tower parking lot. Registration is $35. Children under age 14 can participate free with a paying adult, and all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt courtesy of Sprint Inc.


NASCAR National Champion Philip Morris Visits Charlotte Motor Speedway
Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va., made an appearance in the Time Warner Media Center this afternoon to talk about his second national title. Morris celebrated 14 wins and 23 top-five finishes out of 26 starts in claiming the 2008 title by two points over Brian Harris of Iowa. Morris also won the championship in 2006 by only two points. He is only the second driver to have won more than one Whelen championship.

Morris competes at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., where he won his sixth Late Model title. He also raced at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., and South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va.

"Motor Mile Speedway was my home track, and it is really a tough place to race," said Morris. "Dale Jr. has some development cars that race there. Joe Gibbs has some cars there. Going into the last race was a lot of pressure. It was a lot of fun racing there, too. Brian Harris is a great competitor. He got rained out the last weekend. All I can say is ‘God is good.'"

Morris noted also how hard it was to gain another national title. "It's tough because it's not like you are racing against someone else at the track," said Morris. "Even after you race on Saturday, you get online and watch what happened all over the nation. It tells you what kind of racing they are doing and how they are qualifying. It really was interesting. I did hit the wall the last race like I did two years ago, and I have the Bassett wheel to show for it. It was pretty interesting, but not as bad as two years ago. I still have all the guys helping me that I had two years ago. I wouldn't have it any other way. It has been a lot of fun for me to come here and see everything at the top level. It almost makes me want to go back and improve on some things we did this year, while at the same time, I realize there is so much at stake here. I see a lot of worried eyes here. It makes me appreciate what I do more. One of the great things about this national championship is NASCAR has some great things for us to do with the whole team. I am automatically qualified for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway @ Irwindale (Calif.) in January. That is going to be an awesome event."