The Charlotte Checkers will host their third annual Race Night on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. when they face the South Carolina Stingrays.

During the night, Checkers players will don special Race Night jerseys. Each player will have a special number that corresponds with a professional race driver's number. Also, each driver will sign the Checkers jersey that has their corresponding number. The jerseys will then be auctioned off live after the game. Proceeds from the event will be given to Speedway Children Charities and then distributed to Victory Junction Gang Camp, Hendrick Marrow Program and B.R.A.K.E.S. In addition, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., several drivers will be available for autographs in the main concourse.

The event will also feature an opportunity to join National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Fans will be provided the opportunity to participate in a quick and easy process that will add them to the Registry which ultimately positions them to save the life of a leukemia or blood disease patient. The station will be on the main concourse and is open to everyone 18 to 60 years of age who meets eligibility requirements.

Other festivities include a raffle for Chubby's Suzuki 750, the four-wheeler he rides on the ice during intermissions. Fans can purchase tickets in the main lobby at any Checkers home game leading up to and including Race Night. Tickets are one for $10, three for $20 and twenty for $100.

"The Charlotte Checkers, and Speedway Children's Charities have been so gracious to Victory Junction by allowing us to once again be a recipient for this event," said Pattie Petty, chairman and chief executive officer of Victory Junction. "These organizations continue to bless us with their support and focus on improving the lives of children in need within the community."

"We are proud to be a part of Charlotte Checker's Race Night again in 2009 with Speedway Children's Charities, B. R. A. K. E. S. and the Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "This is an opportunity to partner with some terrific organizations and generate awareness about the need for committed members on the NMDP Registry in the greater Charlotte community. I am especially grateful to for their continued support of this wonderful event."

"I've been involved with Checkers Race Night for a few years now and it is always so much fun; it's just a fun, family event," said NHRA Top Fuel drag racer and Cornelius resident Doug Herbert. "I'm thrilled that B.R.A.K.E.S. is receiving part of the proceeds, it makes this year's Race Night even more special for me. I'm so thankful to the Checkers, and Speedway Children's Charities for making B.R.A.K.E.S. part of this event. I'm looking forward to seeing all the race fans out at the ice rink in a few weeks!"

"NASCAR is a contact sport just like hockey, and for fans to have the chance to come in contact with drivers and hockey players is a great opportunity," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Checkers Race Night will be a special event that Speedway Children's Charities is proud to be a part of."

The Checkers are in their 16th season of play as a member of the ECHL. The next home game will take place on Jan. 9 against the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:00 p.m. start. In the team's 15-year history, the Checkers have made the playoffs 11 times including four consecutive playoff appearances to date. The Checkers are playing their fourth season at Time Warner Cable Arena. Season tickets are on sale now with full-season packages starting at just $396. For season ticket information, please call 704-342-4-ICE or visit

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