February 12, 2010 – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Stratosphere Hotel, one of the most recognizable icons on the Las Vegas Strip and one of the most recognizable names in NASCAR® history join together to present the “Dale Earnhardt Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament.”

The Dale Earnhardt Foundation’s mission is to continue Dale’s legacy through charitable programs and grants that sustain his lifelong commitment to children, education and environmental/wildlife preservation.

NASCAR® fans can support the foundation on Thursday, February 25 in the Stratosphere Theater of the Stars Showroom at 4pm. Kerry Earnhardt, eldest son of NASCAR racing legend and seven time champion Dale Earnhardt, will host the tournament. Nationwide driver and TV personality Kenny Wallace will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Kirk Shelmerdine, a former crew chief of Dale Earnhardt’s race team, will attend the event. Other drivers scheduled to appear are Casey Mears, Matt Crafton, Regan Smith, Aric Almirola, Eric McClure, Todd Bodine, Mike Bliss, Scott Lagasse Jr, Andy Ponstein, Danny Efland, and many others including car owner Tommy Baldwin.

According to Teresa Earnhardt, “Dale would be honored to know that so many drivers and fans have come forward to participate in this exciting fundraising event that will serve to benefit his designated charitable programs.”

A $150 entry fee into the tournament will be donated to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation. Fans will not only have a chance to play poker, but they will also be able to meet their favorite drivers, collect autographs, and win cash or valuable driver merchandise. The Grand Prize winner will receive $2,500 in cash, Dale Earnhardt souvenir merchandise and a one year VIP account with iRacing.com, the premier online racing game. Additional prizes and silent auction items include autographed items from Kerry Earnhardt, Dale Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Hermie Sadler, Jeff Burton, Clint Boyer, Martin Truex, Jr, Marcos Ambrose, and David Reuttiman. Space is limited to the first 70 people who enter the tournament.

A special hotel room package is available that includes advance tickets to observe the tournament and get driver autographs for a $20 donation to the foundation on the hotel’s website StratosphereHotel.com. Additional tickets will be available for a $30 donation at the door. Space limited to the first 500 people.

“We are proud to partner with the foundation to continue the legacy of Dale Earnhardt and look forward to additional opportunities to work together in the future,” said Frank Riolo, CEO of American Casino & Entertainment Properties, parent company of Stratosphere Hotel.

The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is located at 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
For reservations or more information about the tournament, please call 702-380-7777
or visit StratosphereHotel.com.

For more information about the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, please visit their website at TheDaleEarnhardtFoundation.org.