NASCAR stars to greet fans at Stocks-For-Tots benefit in Mooresville

Bobby and Donnie Allison, Dale Jarrett, Harry Gant, Ryan Newman and numerous other past and present stars of NASCAR will greet fans at the 2014 Stocks-For-Tots benefit, hosted by NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville’s Talbert Pointe Business Park on Tuesday.

Stocks-For-Tots was created 25 years ago by the Mooresville-based North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame as a way to bring together stock-car racing and its fans, while helping Iredell County-based Stop Child Abuse Now in raising awareness of and preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

Since 1989, the event has raised more than $1 million and collected more than 50,000 toys.

Also on hand Tuesday will be the “First Lady of Drag Racing,” Shirley Muldowney, and drivers as Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Kerry Earnhardt, Ron Hornaday Jr., Morgan Shepherd and Mike Bliss.

NASCAR Hall-of-Famers scheduled to attend include Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Leonard Wood and Rex White.

Rolex 24 race winner Elliot Forbes Robinson is scheduled to attend, along with Max Papis, the former Formula One, Road Racing, Cart and IndyCar racing standout. World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver Cody Darrah from NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahn’s team also plans to attend.

NHRA drag racers will be represented by Doug Herbert, Greg Anderson and Jason Line. NASCAR TV broadcasters Mike Joy, Larry MacReynolds, Ray Dunlap will attend, as will Charlotte Motor Speedway’s mascot Lug Nut.

Fans can look forward to several celebrity autograph sessions, a silent auction, a visit by Santa and a chance to take a picture in the 1966 Batmobile replica.

Fans can buy items from the Stocks-For-Tots memorabilia store, including autographed sheet metal, wheels and crew shirts donated by NASCAR teams.