B.R.A.K.E.S., the teen safe driving organization founded by NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert and Speedway Children's Charities, will host its third annual benefit dinner on opening day of the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

The benefit dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., in The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event will include a live auction sponsored by IRWIN Tools and a silent auction.

"The benefit dinner is the biggest night of the year for us," said Herbert, B.R.A.K.E.S. founder and NHRA veteran. "Our supporters who come out that night are the ones that make it possible for us to host the driving school for free."

The featured keynote speaker is Steve Hamilton, of Barnardsville, N.C., whose 18-year-old daughter died in an automobile accident three years ago. Bob Frey, NHRA announcer, will be the emcee and auctioneer and comedian Killer Beaz will serve as the evening's entertainment.

"I can't think of a better way to launch the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway than to support this great cause," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway and president of Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter.

Funds raised at the benefit dinner will go toward the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School, which gives young drivers the dynamic experience of handling a vehicle in adverse driving conditions in a controlled environment. Professional driving instructors educate students on the proper way to handle skids, panic stops, accident avoidance and driving with distractions. Since the driving school began in 2008, B.R.A.K.E.S. has provided hands-on training to more than 1,600 teens from 13 different states.

Tickets and sponsorships for the B.R.A.K.E.S. and Speedway Children's Charities benefit dinner are still available. To register or obtain further information, please contact Sara Fensterer at (704) 732-8950 or visit http://www.putonthebrakes.org.

About B.R.A.K.E.S.
B.R.A.K.E.S., which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded by NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert in memory of his two sons who were killed in a car accident. By training and educating teenage drivers and their parents, the foundation aims to promote safe driving in an attempt to prevent injuries and save lives. To volunteer, obtain more information or donate, please visit www.putonthebrakes.org.