The month of May for Speedway Children's Charities and Charlotte Motor Speedway can be described in three words… Hot, Fast and Fun! We successfully executed the plans for the "10 Days of Thunder" with great effort on every level. Everyone involved in Speedway Children's Charities came ready for the biggest weekend in NASCAR's 36 race season.

Speedway Children's Charities was able to raise money for the children of Charlotte by auctioning off prestigious prizes over the "10 Days of Thunder." Many lucky NASCAR fans had the chance to bid on the "Ride of a Lifetime" auction, where they could win the chance to ride with their favorite NASCAR driver during the parade laps before the Coca-Cola 600. Some other prizes included a Meet and Greet with ZZ Top before the pre-race concert, the chance to meet and follow NASCAR on FOX reporter Jamie Little, or the chance to be in Victory Lane with the winners of the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

The support for the charity kept coming in as fans had the chance to bid on prizes during our silent auction before the Sprint All-Star Race. The auction had numerous items which included autographed memorabilia from different NASCAR drivers, and a couple of acoustic guitars signed by Wynonna Judd and Terry Bradshaw.

Our 35th Annual Speedway Children's Charities Gala also had a hand in the success. The charity was able to auction off more autographed memorabilia from different drivers and pro athletes, some signed guitars from ZZ Top and The Band Perry, a signed shotgun from the people of Duck Commander and other prestigious prizes.

At Speedway Children's Charities, we would like to thank everyone involved who helped make these events possible in helping the children of Charlotte. With a strong month of May here at Speedway Children's Charities, we look forward to even more success for the rest of the summer.

-Brandon Read, Summer Intern 2015