To commemorate NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Week activities and celebrate NASCAR Day on Friday, May 18, Speedway Children's Charities has partnered with Texas Land and Cattle restaurant and Kat Country 96.9 (WKKT) for an "early-bird" dinner and pre-race party event at the restaurant's Speedway Blvd. location.

Between the hours of 2-6 p.m., race fans heading to Lowe's Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge can stop by the newly-opened restaurant for a $10 dinner special. The menu includes smoked sirloin, smoked BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, ranch house beans, Caesar's salad and bottled water, ice tea or soda. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Charlotte chapter of the Speedway Children's Charities.

Kat Country on-air morning personality Paul Schadt will be on hand for a live remote from 3 to 5 p.m. Schadt is also the popular host of the nationally-syndicated ZMAX Racing Country program.

The event features the popular All Star and Coca-Cola 600 driver auction starting at 4 pm. The winning bidder will do a "meet and greet" photo opportunity with their driver while the top bidders for the Coca-Cola 600 race will ride with their driver, in a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, during the pre-race driver parade lap. Fans will also be able to purchase an official NASCAR Day Pin ($5) and enter "Wear & Win" giveaways or bid on NASCAR memorabilia. Local band Sweatin Bullets will perform throughout the afternoon.

Texas Land & Cattle is located right off I-85 Northbound (Exit 49). Turn right on Speedway Blvd and then the first right. Proceed straight to the restaurant, located at 7779 Lyles Lane (Tel: 704-510-0021). The event is open free to the public.  For more information please contact Amanda Hollingsworth at 704-532-3318 or

Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children.  From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, they best affect children's lives by supporting organizations that worked tirelessly to see that children's needs are met and that no child is left behind regardless of illness, social environment or disability.