Speedway Children's Charities' Atlanta chapter has several events planned as NASCAR returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 26-March 1.

Among them is the opportunity to place an online bid for the rare opportunity to ride with NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon at his final race at Atlanta Motor Speedway prior to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Bids may be placed at www.sccauctions.com 

The weekend's events kick off with a bang Friday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m., as Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, a Unadilla, Georgia native, hosts the annual NRA David Ragan Shootout at the Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort in Griffin, Georgia, just minutes from Atlanta Motor Speedway. The cost per entry is $150, and all proceeds benefit Atlanta area youth. Registration is open to the public and available now at speedwaycharities.org/events.

During Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Camping World Truck Series race and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, the charity's Red Bucket Brigade will be back in action. After each race's first yellow caution flag, volunteers will visit the grandstand seats, collecting donations in the familiar red buckets. This year, donations will also help benefit children of fallen and injured soldiers through partner and race sponsor Folds of Honor.

Also taking place Saturday is the SCC Auction House. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. fans can stop by the Speedway Children's Charities trailer in Bruton Smith Park to view autographed items and other racing memorabilia up for bid. There will also be an online auction happening at the same time, hosted at www.SCCauctions.com for fans planning to be inside the track.

On Sunday, the ever-popular Track Trek returns to the AMS pre-race festivities, as donors will have the opportunity to complete the first lap of race day on the famed 1.5-mile oval. For just $10, participants have the opportunity to walk on the actual AMS asphalt just hours before the green flag flies. Track Trek begins promptly at 10 a.m., and registration is available at Gate 15 beginning at 9:15 a.m. Proceeds benefit children in need throughout Georgia.

"Race weekend is a great opportunity for Speedway Children's Charities to engage with our fans and offer them some amazing experiences and opportunities," said Scott Fillmore, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities, Atlanta. "The best part is that if you are a winning bidder, not only can you get the chance to ride in the parade lap with Jeff Gordon, but you are also at the same time helping kids in need throughout Georgia with your donation."

Speedway Children's Charities, established in Atlanta in 1994, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of children throughout Georgia.

To learn more about Speedway Children's Charities and how to get involved, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org/atlanta or write to scc@atlantamotorspeedway.com.