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Wannabe Racers Get Behind the Wheel for Charity

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of drivers hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, all in the name of charity.

Sunday, the site was host to the second annual Laps for Charity, which benefits the Speedway Children's Charity. The organization donates more that $100,000 each year to local children in need -- some battling cancer, others have learning disabilities or come from broken homes.

Racing fanatics got a chance to drive as fast as 75 miles per hour, for a $30 donation. Drivers say the money was well spent.

"It's like an adrenaline feeling when you're in the car," said Metro Officer Sheri Aldrich. "To be able to go out there and know that while I'm putting the pedal down and shifting it up into fourth and fifth [gear] that I'm giving these children a chance to see a dream of theirs."

Last year, a total of 700 cars raced around the track, raising $20,000. This year, organizers say they hope to raise $25,000.