May 31, 2005 - Chicagoland Speedway, Victory Junction Gang Camp, and the Joliet JackHammers are excited to announce an all-star lineup for the second annual Racin' the Bases Celebrity Softball Game, to be held on Thursday, July 7. All proceeds from the game will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Camp, which benefits children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, was founded by the Petty family in 2001 in honor of their late son, Adam.
NASCAR Nextel Cup driver and co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp, Kyle Petty, will be joined on the diamond by fellow NASCAR drivers and Chicago area celebrities, including 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Kurt Busch and his brother, rookie Kyle Busch. Chicago Cubs legend and 2005 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Ryne Sandberg, along with 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, who now plays for the Chicago Bandits professional softball team, are among the Chicago area celebrities confirmed to participate.
The line-up also includes NASCAR drivers, Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Racing Ford), Dave Blaney (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet), Tim Fedewa (No. 12 Supercuts Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), Stacey Compton (No. 59 Kingsford/Ball Park Franks Ford), Aaron Fike (No. 66 DuraFlame Ford), Michel Jourdain Jr. (No. 10 ppc Racing Ford Taurus); and additional members of the Chicago Bandits professional softball team.
The game will take place at Silver Cross Field, located three miles north of Chicagoland Speedway in downtown Joliet. Gates will open at 4:00pm, and the celebrities will be signing autographs from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. The game will start at approximately 6:00pm and conclude at 7:30pm.
Tickets are on sale now through the Joliet JackHammers box office. General admission lawn seats are $10.00, while reserved seats are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling (815) 726-BALL (2255) or visit www.jackhammerbaseball.com.
For more information on Victory Junction Gang Camp visit their website at www.victoryjunction.org. Additional drivers and celebrities will be announced once confirmed.