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NASCAR Craftsmen Series Hosts Charity Poker Event

Speedway Children's Charities Las Vegas Chapter to Win Big


Poker has been used as a way to raise funds for various charitable organizations across the country, but nowhere more so than Las Vegas. This is why it seems somewhat appropriate that Sin City play host to the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series and its charity poker tournament.

The Craftsman Truck Series Tough Poker Tournament will be held Wednesday September 20, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at the South Coast Hotel & Casino. The proprietors of the South Coast have guaranteed a minimum donation of $10,000 to the Las Vegas chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.

Poker and truck racing fans will be converging on Las Vegas for the Smith's Las Vegas 350 and the charity event organizers are hoping for a strong turnout from race fans. To entice fans to join the worthy action, several drivers are scheduled to participate in the tournament.

Hometown hero Brendan Gaughn (No. 77 Dodge), Rick Crawford (No. 14 Ford), Ron Hornaday (No. 33 Chevrolet), Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota), Jack Sprauge (No. 60 Toyota), and defending Las Vegas Motor Speedway race winner and the current NASCAR Craftsmen Series points leader Todd Bodine (No. 30 Toyota) will all partake in the poker action, as well as members of the crews, crew chiefs, and racing television show hosts Rick Allen and Phil Parsons (SPEED).

According to Gaughn, Las Vegas is the perfect spot for the race and the charity poker tournament. "I'm more than ready to welcome our guests to Las Vegas, both on the track and at the poker table. Everyone knows I'm very comfortable in my home town and I just hope no one gets disappointed when I show them how it's done here. But the real winners in the Craftsman Truck Series Tough Poker Tournament will be those that the local Speedway Children's Charity will help with their efforts, and we know everyone will feel great about that," Gaughn said.