Two charitable events combined to raise more than $10,000 in the name of the late Eric Medlen during the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. All funds raised will be donated to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities in Medlen's name.

More than $6,000 was raised at the third annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night dinner, which was held on Thursday, July 23, at the historic Fior d'Italia in San Francisco. Nearly 120 fans and members of Medlen's family joined NHRA drivers Ashley Force Hood, Morgan Lucas, Mike Neff and Jack Beckman in remembering Medlen.

On Sunday following final eliminations, race fans attended the 3rd annual Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social at Infineon Raceway. Fans were able to enjoy an array of flavors, all donated by Dreyer's Ice Cream, and they also donated $4,042 to Speedway Children's Charities. Race fans and the raceway have combined to generate more than $20,700 over the first three years of this event.

Medlen, who succumbed in March 2007 to injuries sustained from an accident during a testing session at Gainesville (Fla.), was a lover of ice cream, and to honor his memory Infineon Raceway has hosted the ice cream social for the past three years. The annual event takes place on the road course following final eliminations.

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to supporting youth groups in Sonoma County, and has distributed more than $3 million since 2002. For more information about the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities or to donate, please contact Denise Sliver, (707) 933-3950 or