Matt Kenseth left New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the win in the SYLVANIA 300, but he wasn't the only one celebrating another win at the Magic Mile. A total of $305,620 was generated over the three-day race weekend for local non-profit organizations and the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.
That brings the grand total to over $595,000 between the July Camping World RV Sales 301 and September SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends.
"You can't replace the commitment and dedication of our volunteers," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We lean on so many different people and organizations when it comes to race weekend, and there's no way that the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England runs as smoothly as it does unless everyone works together."
A total of 80 organizations were represented at the speedway, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of those volunteers, over $201,000 in revenue was generated.
During each major event weekend, the Magic Mile leans on teams of enthusiastic fundraising organizations to assist, including helping with parking, cleaning, ushering and much more. In return, the speedway donates money to each group that goes toward the non-profit organization their representing.
September volunteers included members of Pease Air Force Base and Hanscom Air Force Base; colleges from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont; Miss Rockingham and Miss Lakes Region Scholarship Programs; Lions Club, Order of the Eastern Star (Masons), Knights of Columbus, ROTC, Granite State Flight 53 - Order of the Dandelions, town recreation groups, cheer and dance troupes, roller derby and local women's organized hockey teams.
Checks ranged from $269 to over $8,880 for each group.
The SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend also proved successful for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Thanks to such events as the Laps for Charity, Speedway 5K, SYLVANIA Lobster Fest, Memorabilia Auction, Ride of a Lifetime and the Red Bucket Brigade, the SCC raised over $104,000 for local children's charities and groups.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the SCC will make a donation to local non-profit organizations as part of its fourth annual grant distribution presentation in December.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate during event weekends. For more information on becoming a NHMS volunteer please visit http://www.nhms.com/speedway/fundraising/.