A picture-perfect autumn in the Granite State proved to be the ideal setting for not only a fantastic weekend of racing on the track, but a rewarding one off of it, too. The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities had its biggest race weekend in history and volunteers helped generate more than $363,000, which will benefit children and nonprofit groups across New England.

The Sept. 23-25 NASCAR weekend helped provide $186,000 to volunteer groups, while the New Hampshire Chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities raised more than $177,000.

That brings the grand total between the summer New Hampshire 301 and autumn Bad Boy Off Road 300 weekends to more than $611,000.

"I'm not sure I can express the gratitude I have to our wonderful race fans and volunteers for everything they give during our race weekends throughout the year," said Cheryl LaPrade, director of SCC's NH Chapter. "We are eternally grateful by the continued support that we receive each year. The opportunity to make a difference in so many children's lives is immeasurable."

The Speedway Children's Charities' Laps for Charity, Clay Shoot, Dinner with Tony Stewart, Wicked Good Live Auction, Red Bucket Brigade, Camper Appreciation Party, helicopter rides, and miscellaneous donations helped the SCC raise more than $165,000 for local children's charities and groups. That number jumped to more than $177,000 thanks to a $12,500 donation from Bad Boy Off Road 300 pole winner Carl Edwards, helping make it the biggest fundraising weekend in history for the SCC's New Hampshire Chapter.

All told, the New Hampshire Chapter of SCC raised more than $315,000 between the July and September NASCAR weekends.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is always provided with the immense help from fundraising groups that assist with everything from parking to landscaping to cleaning to ushering. In turn, the speedway donates money to each group, which goes toward the nonprofit organization of which they represent.

A total of 58 volunteer organizations were represented during the most recent NASCAR weekend, and due to the hard work and dedication of those volunteers more than $184,000 in revenue was generated.

All told, volunteer groups raised nearly $300,000 between the July and September NASCAR weekends.

The annual check distribution from the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H.