OXFORD – Raffle tickets will be on sale this weekend for a chance to own a soapbox race car autographed by former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven.

The tickets are $5 each. Ticket sellers will be in the garden center at Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

Organizers say the car is being raffled to help raise funds for the West Paris soapbox derby track.

In January, Craven visited the Paris Elementary School as a highlight in the school’s six-week annual reading program. He autographed the car at that time. The reading program was intended to get students reading with its theme of “Revved Up For Reading.”

Craven, who was born and raised in Newburgh, began his racing career at the age of 15, going on to win the 1991 TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, racing in the Busch series and the Winston Cup, and touring with the NASCAR series. He now works as an analyst for ESPN Hot Shots and online with Yahoo sports.

The soapbox derby car was part of the racing memorabilia at the elementary school during the reading program.

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