Tony Stewart Foundation Challenges Knoxville Nationals Fans

What has become a must-see charity event during the annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store at Knoxville Raceway is back again for 2018. On Thursday, August 9 the Tony Stewart Foundation will present the sixth annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacuular at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa.

The one-of-a-kind Karting event gives race fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race head-to-head with Tony Stewart an Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racer Kyle Larson. In addition, USAC racers Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom along with four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi and his sons Dominic and Giovanni will be part of the talent laden roster.

The Tony Stewart Foundation has again taken the wheel of this year’s WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular, raising funds that directly benefit chronically ill and physically disabled children, animals that are endangered or at-risk, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing through the Grants Program that has distributed more than $7.1M nationally.

Those interested in helping the Tony Stewart Foundation’s mission will battle Stewart and Larson alongside fellow participants keen to claim the WELD Racing Trophy. The entry fee is $400 per competitor with the total number of entrants limited to 50. Participants will receive an event T-shirt and goodie bag containing WELD Racing merchandise and items autographed by Stewart. Fans can register to compete by visiting https://TonyStewartFoundation.org/ and click the Karting tab. Spectators are welcomed with the action starting around 4:00 pm CDT.

“My foundation is absolutely elevating programs and bringing well-deserved attention to outstanding charity partners,” Stewart said. “My racing career has been and continues to be very successful. The foundation offers me the opportunity to transfer success into significance.”

A second Grant Program initiative during the Knoxville Nationals called Flip It For Good is asking for fans of all ages to participate. The Tony Stewart Foundation and Knoxville Raceway are teaming up in an effort to establish a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of heads or tails. The current record was set in July 2016 by 561 fans at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The event will take place on Aug. 10 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. CDT in the FVP Tent under the main grandstands at Knoxville Raceway.

“Our Flip It For Good competition is for anyone to play,” Stewart said. “Players choose their side, I flip the coin, someone spots me, and we start eliminating players until there’s only one standing. The challenge is to be the last one standing. It’s fun, it’s fast and for a great cause.”

While only 562 participants are needed to break the record, Stewart has issued Knoxville Nationals fans the challenge of bringing 800 players to this round of Flip It For Good. The $10 entry donation includes a commemorative bandana, a player’s wristband for the official count and bragging rights plus a grand prize package for the winner. Participants can register onsite at Knoxville Raceway, or online prior to Aug. 10 by visiting https://www.tonystewartfoundation.org/flip-it-for-good.

For more information regarding the Tony Stewart Foundation, visit https://www.tonystewartfoundation.org.

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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