The New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway have partnered to launch a 'Hero in Your Life' essay contest for children.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can write an essay of up to 250 words on their hero. Teachers can assist their students.

The contest starts Tuesday and the deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 13, at noon. The winning entry will be chosen at the New Hampshire Lottery headquarters in Concord.

Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, said a hero can be anyone from a family member to a teacher to a member of the community that has impacted the student's life in a meaningful way.

Both the winner and the 'hero' will each receive four tickets to the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 22. The winner will get to travel to the Speedway in a limo alongside his or her hero. The winning school will receive $2,500 and the winning class a prize of $500.

Each member of the winning class will also receive two tickets to the race. There also will be 10 runner-up prizes of $250 awarded.