Drivers unite for Las Vegas by partnering with Zippo’s

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

CONCORD, N.C— As the city of Las Vegas recovers from the tragedy that happened at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay, NASCAR drivers Brendan Gaughan, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Spencer Gallagher, and Noah Gragson, and Jamie Little from NASCAR on FOX are launching the initiative to help raise funds for those affected by the tragedy.

Individuals will be able to purchase t-shirts and stickers. All proceeds from the t-shirts and stickers will be automatically donated to the Direct Impact Fund hosted by Las Vegas company, Zappo’s. Zappo’s will also match 100 percent of all donations raised up to $1 million.

“I’ve always considered myself lucky to be born and raised in what I tell everyone is the greatest city on Earth. Seeing the outpouring of love and charity from all over the world helps restore my faith in humanity,” said Brendan Gaughan. “With so many NASCAR drivers from Las Vegas, I feel like it’s the least we can do to ask our racing community to band together in helping those who have been affected by this tragedy. Thank you to all those who have already helped. I have never been more proud to say that I am #VegasStrong.”

NASCAR sponsors Allegiant Airlines and South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa have already been helping the victims. Allegiant Air has offered free flights for families needing to travel to the Vegas area to be with their loved ones. South Point, alongside many other hotels in the area, are offering free hotel accommodations for those assisting their loved ones.

Fellow drivers have asked the Las Vegas natives what they can do to help those affected by the tragedy. In light of the tragedy, NASCAR announced in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s meeting, that the France and Smith families, drivers, and teams will be donating $250,000 to the victims.

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