The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be transformed into a child’s “dreamland” for the fifth annual candy toss Saturday night.
Keith Danser, pilot of the No. 95.5 KWNR/ Albertsons-sponsored Charger, has dedicated his time and efforts along with his sponsors for the past five years to host the candy toss. Albertsons has donated 200 pounds of candy to be tossed by Charger drivers to kids before their first main event.
New Country KWNR 95.5 will give away 600 goody bags including Frisbees, bubbles, Hot Wheels, Mardi Gras beads, squirt guns and other goodies. Along with the goody bags, children will receive a raffle ticket for prizes including four bicycles, two color televisions, three barbecues and a YERF-Dog go-kart.
“The candy toss is for the kids,” Danser said. “ They’re always here for us, so this is something for them. We enjoy seeing the kids smile.”
In addition to the candy toss, winning tickets for the Speedway Children’s Charities raffle will be drawn. Danser, Albertsons and LVMS have sold the $5 tickets since July 3 and have raised over $2,500. Tickets may be purchased up until the drawing slated for 8:30 p.m. Prizes include a Dale Earnhardt Oreo No. 3 pedal car, houseboat accommodations on Lake Mead, KWNR concert tickets, Orleans 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tickets and a Bullring Family Four Pack. All proceeds go to Speedway Children’s Charities’ Las Vegas chapter.
Las Vegas valley children’s organizations have been invited to the Bullring for the special night including the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas, Lone Mountain Little League Red Rock Racers baseball team and students of O’Callaghan Middle School.
Saturday marks the 12th NASCAR Weekly Racing Series event of the season.
The Series includes NASCAR Late Models (40 laps), Grand American Modifieds (30 laps), Hitchin’ Post/Exiss Legends Cars (30 laps), a Thunder Roadster exhibition (8 laps) and twin 25-lap main events for Chargers. The program will conclude with a fireworks display by Montana Display Fireworks and Moapa Tribal Enterprises.
Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m. Spectator gates open at 5. Racing begins at 6:30. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/military personnel $3 for children 6-12. Children five and under are free. Admission to the Stockyard is $30 per car (maximum four people, each additional person is $8). The Family Four Pack is $20 for two adults and two children.