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Giving Back

Sound & Speed - NASCAR And Country Music Come Together For Charity
By Jolene Downs - CSO Contributing Journalist

Listening to country music and watching your favorite drivers on the NASCAR track are as American as apple pie and ice cream.  And no one steps up to the plate faster to help those in need than the speed demons of the race track and the stars of Country Music.  So it doesn't come as a surprise that Nashville is where these two favorite past-times collide for a wild weekend of fun for fans January 12 & 13.. There are 20 artists and 17 drivers confirmed to participate in this event and over 20 NEXTEL Cup Series cars scheduled to be on display as well.  For a complete list of participants and the cars that will be there, visit http://www.soundandspeed2007.com.  

Sound & Speed, presented by SunTrust, is a two day event that brings people in from all over the country.  On Friday, fans can attend the Gears and Guitars Auction which features lots of racing and music memorabilia.  While bidding for fun stuff and helping out a good cause they enjoy food, drinks, a live performance by a country artist and a visit from a NASCAR driver.  They can follow up their afternoon of fun by enjoying the Honky Tonk Pit Stop, cruising the clubs and bars in downtown Nashville.  There will be live music, specials and fun for all.  

Saturday morning kicks off with a solid day of fun around town.  Among the offerings is a Q & A session with groups of 
artists and drivers.  You can catch a glimpse into their lives in an up close and personal way.  There will be a Sponsor show with interactive displays. Fans may be lucky enough to get an autograph from a driver or artist during one of the autograph sessions. Some of the legends of NASCAR and music will team up for hour long 'story-telling' sessions.  
All these sessions are geared for an up close fan experience.

The event finishes off with a Saturday night headliner concert featuring great music from Rodney Atkins, Josh Turner, Jo Dee Messina and special guest John Anderson.  All of this for two great charities.  

Victory Junction Gang Camp was founded by Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their son.  It is a camp geared specifically for the needs of children who are chronically ill or have life-threatening illnesses.  It gives them the opportunity to experience the joys of camping in a safe atmosphere.  Visit www.victoryjunction.org for more information on how this organization is able to give children back their childhood for the short time they are at camp.

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation which is a not for profit, educational organization.  It does more than just allow the fans to see memorabilia from their favorite artists.  Through that memorabilia, the evolving history of country music is preserved and shared all over the world in many different formats.  It is an unrivaled source of educational information about anything relating to country music.  For more information on the Hall of Fame & Museum visit www.countrymusichalloffame.com.


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