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The NASCAR Foundation’s fourth annual blood drive presented by Nationwide Insurance is set Friday, Sept. 11 at the Nashville Superspeedway between the hours of 12 Noon and 6 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Infield Media Center.

The first 150 presenting participants will be able to take their own vehicle around the track behind the NSS pace car. They will also receive a 3M gift bag and may register to win a Nashville Superspeedway 2010 race package as well as O’Charley’s gift cards. 

Each year the blood drive mobilizes some of NASCAR’s biggest entities - drivers, sponsors, teams and tracks - in an effort to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day. 

The national effort, spearheaded by The NASCAR Foundation, aims to help maintain safe blood supply levels and lessen the blood shortages that often occur during the summer months and around holidays.

In 2008, 29 tracks participated in the national drive. The NASCAR Foundation’s overall drive collected 4,261 pints of blood, potentially saving more than 12,000 lives.

To learn more visit www.nashvillesuperspeedway.com or www.nascar.com/foundation.

Donors should make an appointment online at www.givelife.org. Donors must be in general good health, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form).  Regular donors should bring their donor card or photo ID and allow approximately 60 minutes for the entire blood donation process.   
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