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Pocono Raceway to host charity poker event

June 06, 2012, Track Release,

LONG POND, Pa. -- Fans invited to participate Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Pocono Raceway will host the Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown, benefitting The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation, Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The event precedes the Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR on June 10 at "The Tricky Triangle," and will feature NASCAR drivers, celebrities and race fans.


The industry-wide initiative creates an opportunity for NASCAR fans, drivers, teams, tracks, sponsors and more to unite to improve the lives of those in need across the nation.

A limited number of playing spots are available. Fans can choose from three donation options: A $250 donation offers a pre-tournament, VIP meet-and-greet with drivers and celebrities on hand as well as entry to participate in the Poker Showdown; a $150 donation reserves a seat in the poker tournament; and, a $50 donation allows for fans to attend the event as spectators. The top-finishing fan will receive their choice of an all-expense paid trip to Mohegan Sun in Montville, Conn. or a VIP Pocono Raceway race weekend experience.

To register for the Pocono Celebrity Poker Showdown, fans can visit NASCAR.COM/Unites.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to team up with two charitable organizations," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway's president and CEO. "Race fans will have the chance to play against some of NASCAR's top drivers and personalities, with all proceeds benefiting the efforts of The NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation. We anticipate a great event and sincerely thank all involved, especially Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for all their support."

Jeff Burton will participate in the Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown and said "Both the NASCAR Foundation and Armed Forces Foundation do a lot of work to help their respective communities and in order to do that they depend greatly on the generosity of people who can contribute. It's great that Pocono Raceway is helping in this way with the poker tournament. It's just a fun way to raise money and draw attention to the work of the two groups."

"We're so pleased to partner with the Pocono Celebrity Charity Poker Showdown on this charitable event benefitting the NASCAR Foundation and the Armed Forces Foundation," said Bobby Soper, CEO, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "The spirit of racing is in our DNA and we look forward to a successful poker showdown."