BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005) - The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities presented a record-tying $350,000 to 69 children's charitable agencies throughout the Mountain Empire during a Thursday evening ceremony at the Bruton Smith Building at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 69 agencies is a new record for the chapter and as it continues its endeavor to enrich the lives of regional youth the Bristol Chapter has now raised $2.4 million. A variety of events helped fuel the organization's most successful campaign ever with Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA, serving as the chief fundraiser. Also, the Speedway Children's Charities Golf Tournaments, held during August race week and also during the NHRA event in April, as well as the Eastman Motorsports Club Speedway Children's Charities Auction added significantly to the total. The proceed total also received a significant boost from the "Ride of a Lifetime" Speedway Children's Charities Auction in which high bidders won rides with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers during driver introductions for the Food City 500 and Sharpie 500 races at BMS. Claudia Byrd, chair of the Bristol chapter, and the Speedway Children's Charities trustees presented checks to the 69 agencies on the eve of the public opening of Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA. "I am absolutely thrilled that we're able to help so many agencies that do such wonderful work," said Byrd. "We were able to raise $350,000 and help a record number of groups. We've raised $2.4 million since we started eight years ago because so many people in this region support and visit Speedway In Lights, and because so many volunteers so very hard work to ensure the success of all of our events. "So many people make this possible: our Speedway In Lights visitors, our auction and golf tournament participants, all of our event volunteers and sponsors. These wonderful and caring people are the reason we're able to help so many children. Together, they all support these agencies that improve the lives of children throughout our region." The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds to qualified children's charities in the Tri-Cities and Southwest Virginia. Following the presentation of funds, recipients and members of the media received a preview of the 2005-06 edition of Speedway In Lights. The annual holiday light show runs nightly 6-10 p.m. through January 7. Tickets for cars are $7 Sunday through Thursday, and $10 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $12 Sunday through Thursday and $15 Friday and Saturday. Bus tickets are $50 Sunday through Thursday, and $65 Friday and Saturday. For more information on Speedway In Lights and Speedway Children's Charities please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or call 423/989-6900.