Edwards, Bowyer to compete in support of Victory Junction in Kansas

DOVER, Del. | NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer will contest a race within a race when they compete in next Sunday’s Price Chopper 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Sprint announced on Saturday a Stateline Challenge between Edwards, of Columbia, and Bowyer, of Emporia. Sprint will present a check for $100,000 to Victory Junction Midwest in the name of the driver who finishes higher in the race. A $25,000 donation will be made in honor of the other driver.

All proceeds from the race will help fund construction efforts for Victory Junction, a year-round camp for chronically ill children. The $35 million facility will be built on 71 acres in Wyandotte County. Both Edwards and Bowyer have run successfully at Kansas Speedway. Edwards finished second to Jimmie Johnson in last year’s Cup race and won the 2004 trucks series race. Bowyer finished second in a controversial finish in the 2007 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway and was 12th last year.

“A win at Kansas Speedway, my home track, would be a huge victory for me,” said Edwards. “I used to drive by it on Interstate 70 and dream about racing there. That first trucks win was one of the highlights of my racing career. Kansas is special because of the fans and the location being so close to home.”

Edwards enters today’s race in Dover 11th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Bowyer, who finished in the top five of the Chase the last two years, did not qualify for the 12-driver Chase this year but is still 15th in points.

“I’ve been pretty fortunate to have run well at Kansas Speedway over the last few years,” Bowyer said. “Winning there would be incredible. I think every driver would like to win the Daytona 500 because of how big that race is and all the prestige that’s behind it, but a win at Kansas, for me, would be right up there, almost on the same level.”

Victory Junction hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking last May and is in the midst of fundraising before beginning construction next year on the project. The facility is free to children ages 6 to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The original camp was founded in Randleman, N.C., by NASCAR’s Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, who was killed in a racing accident in 2000, and the Pettys chose Wyandotte County for the second camp.

As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of donors.

“We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of Sprint in our efforts to offer medically safe, life-changing experiences to kids with chronic illnesses who live throughout the Midwest,” said Mike Lepore, president of Victory Junction Camp. “Our thanks also go out to Clint and Carl for their longstanding and consistent support of Victory Junction.”