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HR&R 06 Release



MIAMI (October 30, 2006) , The 5th Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels", charity fishing tournament, scheduled for Saturday November 18th at 8:30 a.m., offers what many would consider a perfect trifecta for fun: fishing for trophy bass alongside NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers and other racing celebrities with the chance to win The Miccosukee Million.

The fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis and the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatricsâ, at Homestead Hospital will be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway's infield lake as part of the Ford Championship Weekend and Florida's first Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week.

"With the help of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, and our celebrity participants, this event provides a really special opportunity for racing fans and fishing enthusiasts to have a great time while raising money for some great causes," said Darrell Gwynn, President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) and event founder. "We are really excited to tie this year's event with Florida's Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and hope that events such as this one will help raise awareness of how to prevent paralysis and efforts to find a cure."

Hot Rods & Reels" will take place on the Speedway's 18-acre infield lake, which is 60 feet deep and stocked with trophy-size peacock bass and largemouth bass. Because of its unique location and outstanding fishing, the lake has been featured on ESPN's "Great Outdoors" and in the Miami Herald.

"The Miccosukee Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament has become one of the premier events during Ford Championship Weekend," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We are honored to host everyone from The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Speediatrics, drivers, and participants at our world famous infield lake at Homestead-Miami Speedway."

The Hot Rods & Reels tournament rules are simple: The boat with the heaviest combined largemouth bass or peacock bass weight wins the tournament. However, the individual who reels in the heaviest fish in the tournament has the chance to select from one of 250 envelopes, one of which contains the $1 million grand prize. An official weigh-in determining the winning fish will immediately precede the prize drawing. Each driver/celebrity will be teamed with two guest anglers in their own bass boat featuring an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognized guide. Because space is limited people interested in participating should visit www.hotrodsandreels.com early to register for the event. This year's tournament features an 8:30 a.m. start, allowing ample fishing before the track gets hot at 1:00 p.m. for the start of NASCAR Nextel Cup practice.

Both a fan and celebrity favorite, Hot Rods & Reels draws some of the biggest names in NASCAR, including drivers, owners, and TV personalities. NASCAR drivers and celebrities currently scheduled (subject to change) for the 2005 Hot Rods & Reels" tournament include:

o Jimmy Spencer

o Bobby Labonte

o Tony Stewart

o Kyle Petty

o Scott Wimmer

o Jeff Burton

o Donnie Allison

o Mike Wallace

o Richard Childress

o Ryan Newman

o Ken Schrader

o Michael Waltrip

o Martin Truex, Jr.

Earlier this year, the DGF was involved in the initiative to have November 13 - 19, 2006 declared as the first Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Because Florida has numerous, year-long, outdoor activities that lend themselves to spinal cord injuries, increased awareness of how these injuries occur and tips for preventing them is particularly important in the state. DGF has numerous public educational activities planned through the week, including presentations in high schools, a radio and television PSA campaign and events including Hot Rods and Reels.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to preventing paralysis when possible, providing support for individual's living with paralysis and ultimately finding a cure for paralysis. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research.

The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatricsâ, at Homestead Hospital is a completely renovated pediatrics unit designed with a motorsports theme. The only dedicated pediatric unit in deep South Miami-Dade, its design is to make children feel as comfortable as possible during a hospital stay.

The 5th Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels", NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Drivers & Teams Charity Fishing Tournament takes place during the Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19th at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, home of the season-finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series.

Joining Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in sponsoring this event are Bass Pro Shots, Sprint, Hook & Tackle and the Homestead-Miami Speedway. For more information on registration or sponsorship, visit www.hotrodsandreels.com or call 954-792-7223 ext. 105. To order tickets to the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, please call (305) 230-RACE or log on www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Speedway Contact:

Jordan Wilson

Assistant Manager, Public Relations

Homestead-Miami Speedway





Media Contact:

Caren Berg or Sue Siebert

Boardroom Communications




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