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Richmond International Raceway is bringing you closer to the action than ever before with Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes for the upcoming Spring NASCAR Weekend. You can watch NASCAR pole qualifying and practice from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member and see the stock cars from just a few feet away as they rumble down pit road, giving you an unforgettable experience of the sights and sounds that only NASCAR can produce. For the first time ever, America’s Premier Short Track is offering fans individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes this season. For just $50 per person, you can enjoy pole qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pre-Race Pit Passes are available online or calling 866-455-7223.

Friday’s events include Wawa Pole Qualifying and practice for the Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying and practice for the Nationwide Series. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. Parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children under 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.

New this year, shorts, short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts and blouses and open-toed shoes are permitted. Shoes, shirts and pants or shorts, dresses and/or skirts and blouses are required. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.

To purchase tickets for the April 29th BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Pre-Race Pit Passes,  and be sure to “add race day activities” or call 866-455-7223. Friday’s tickets start at $30 in advance and children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission.

The headlining event of the Spring Weekend features the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday, April 30th. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-7223.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East kicks off the Spring Weekend on Thursday, April 28th. All tickets for Thursday are general admission and $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. For tickets and information, call 866-455-7223.







Tickets for Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend will go on sale on Wednesday, March 9 and the on-sale date will coincide with an announcement regarding the Speedway’s pre-race concert for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Tickets will start at just $39 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, the pinnacle of the biggest Labor Day party in the USA at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2-4. Frontstretch seats for the Sprint Cup Series race start at just $59 and student tickets in the Turn 3 Elliott Grandstand cost just $19.

Fans can attend the entire three-day race weekend for just $78 by purchasing a $39 ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and a $39 Weekend Upgrade ticket that includes general admission seating for the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race on Saturday, Sept. 3 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series night race on Friday, Sept. 2.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend are encouraged to attend a free Open House at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 12. Fans at the Open House will have the opportunity to pick their preferred seats for the Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend while enjoying free short-track Legends racing. Fans at the Open house will also enjoy: 50 percent off Labor Day weekend NASCAR pit passes; discounts in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Gift Shop; a tour of Atlanta’s Race Control Tower and suites; the opportunity to take photos with the AMS pace car and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner’s trophy; a classic car show; an autograph session with Winter Flurry drivers; and be entered to win a Big Green Egg smoker, a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along and a $50 AMS Gift Shop gift card, in addition to other prizes.

Fans unable to attend the Open House event can still receive the 50 percent discount on NASCAR pit passes by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, and tickets for the event weekend including the Great Clips 300 go on sale to the public on March 9. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.





Charlotte Motor Speedway will
partner with regional tourism bureaus and area hotel operators to secure
lower room rates for fans attending races during the weekends of the NASCAR
Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600, May 20 - 29.
More than 50 hotels within approximately one hour of the 1.5-mile
superspeedway have agreed to reduce their race week room rates by 15 percent
and waive the minimum stay requirements.
"We strive to make the fan experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway
second to none," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of
Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We understand that lodging can be a significant
expense and we are very thankful to these area hotels who have taken the
initiative to help fans alleviate some of those costs."
A full list of participating hotels is available at
www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/hotels or fans can call the speedway's ticket
office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) for information. In order to obtain the
discounted rate, those interested must call the hotels directly and request
the Speedway Special when making reservations.
In addition to the lower hotel rates, cost savings extend to the
speedway as well. The Coca-Cola Four Pack, which includes four race tickets,
four Coca-Cola soft drinks and four hot dogs is available for the NASCAR
Sprint All-Star Race for just $29.75 a person or the Coca-Cola 600 for
$39.75 a person. The Super Ticket is also available for the Coca-Cola 600
weekend, giving fans the opportunity to see four nights of action-packed
racing, including Windstream Pole Night qualifying, the World of Outlaws
Sprint Car Showdown at The Dirt Track, the Charlotte 300 Nationwide Series
race and the Coca-Cola 600, starting at just $99.
Charlotte Motor Speedway offers 164 acres of free parking. Coolers,
limited to 14 inches in any direction, are permitted in the grandstands.
For fans who are interested in camping instead of a hotel stay,
Charlotte Motor Speedway also offers numerous affordable camping options,
including Pre-Packaged Campsites - all fans need to bring is clothes!
Speedway officials will set-up the campsite, which includes a tent, one
lantern, a bottle of propane, sleeping bags and chairs for two, three, five
or eight people. There are eight pre-packaged sites located in the infield
or outside of the track from which fans can choose.
For more information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

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The following Charlotte area hotels have reduced nightly room rates by 15
percent and waived minimum stay requirements for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star
Race and Coca-Cola 600 race weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In order
to obtain the discounted rate, race fans must request the Speedway Special
when making reservations.

Americas Best Value Inn (704) 788-8550
2451 Kannapolis Hwy/I-85 Exit 58, Concord, N.C. 28028

Ballantyne Hotel        (888) 627-8048
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28277

Bed & Bike Inn  (704) 463-0768
15750 Mattons Grove Church Road, Gold Hill, N.C. 28071

Best Western Inn & Suites - Monroe      (704) 283-4746
2316 Hanover Drive, Monroe, N.C. 28110

Blake Hotel Uptown Charlotte    (704) 372-4100
555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

Comfort Inn Executive Park      (704) 525-2626
5822 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Comfort Suites  (704) 540-0069
10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, N.C. 28134

Comfort Suites Charlotte Airport        (704) 971-4400
3425 Mulberry Church Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28208

Comfort Suites Northlake        (704) 598-0478
7315 Smith Corners Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28269

Country Inn & Suites University Place   (704) 549-8770
131 East McCullough Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Country Suites Lake Norman      (704) 895-6565
16617 Statesville Road, Huntersville, N.C. 28078

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte/Matthews        (704) 846-4466
11425 East Independence Boulevard, Matthews, N.C. 28105

Days Inn Statesville    (704) 872-9891
703 Gaither Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625

Dunhill Hotel   (704) 332-4141
237 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Extended Stay America Charlotte-Pineville       (704) 341-0929
10930 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28226

Extended Stay America Charlotte-Tyvola Rd       (704) 676-0569
6035 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Extended Stay America Charlotte-University Place        (704) 510-1636
8211 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Extended Stay Deluxe Charlotte-Pineville        (704) 542-9521

8405 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28226

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte Arrowood   (704) 319-5100
7920 Arrowridge Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C. 28273

Four Points by Sheraton (704) 522-0852
315 East Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Four Points by Sheraton Charlotte/Pineville     (704) 540-8500
9705 Leitner Drive, Pineville, N.C. 28134

Great Wolf Lodge        (866) 740-9653
10175 Weddington Road, Concord, N.C. 28027

Hampton Inn & Suites Concord Mills Mall (704) 979-5600
9850 Weddington Road Extension, Concord, N.C. 28027

Hampton Inn Monroe      (704) 220-2200
2368 Roland Drive, Monroe, N.C. 28110

Hilton Garden Inn, Ayrsley.     (704) 970-5000
1920 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, N.C. 28273

Holiday Inn Center City (704) 335-5400
230 N. College Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Holiday Inn Express     (704) 341-1190
9825 Leitner Drive, Pineville, N.C. 28134

Holiday Inn Express Carowinds   (803) 548-0100
3560 Lakemont Boulevard, Fort Mill, S.C. 29708

Holiday Inn Express Concord/Kannapolis  (704) 743-1080
2491 Wonder Drive, Kannapolis, N.C. 28083

Holiday Inn Express Matthews    (704) 443-3100
9420 East Independence Boulevard, Mathews, N.C. 28105

Homestead Studio Suites-Charlotte-Coliseum      (704) 676-0083
710 Yorkmont Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Homewood Suites Ayrsley (704) 970-5500
1921 Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C. 28273

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Davidson      (704) 987-1818
125 Harbour Place Drive, Davidson, N.C. 28036

Knights Inn     (704) 394-4131
4115 Glenwood Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28208

Quality Inn & Suites Matthews   (704) 821-9800
13470 East Independence Boulevard, Matthews, N.C. 28105

Quality Inn Executive Park      (704) 525-0747
440 Griffith Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte Uptown      (704) 340-4000
404 South Mint Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Sleep Inn & Suites Lake Norman  (704) 766-2500
16508 Northcross Drive, Huntersville, N.C. 28078

Sleep Inn Billy Graham Parkway  (704) 525-5005
701 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Sleep Inn Concord       (704) 788-2150
1120 Copperfield Boulevard, Concord, N.C. 28025

Sleep Inn Matthews      (704) 841-1660
9900 Matthews Park Drive, Matthews, N.C. 28105

Sleep Inn University Place      (704) 549-4544
8525 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Ramada Airport South & Conference Center        (704) 525-8350
212 West Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Red Roof Inn Charlotte Airport  (704) 392-2316
I-85/Ext. 3300 Queen City Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28208

Residence Inn by Marriott-University Research Park      (704) 547-1122
8503 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte Uptown      (704) 340-4000
404 South Mint Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Sheraton Charlotte Airport      (888) 627-7110
3315 Scott Futrell Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28208

Sleep Inn Billy Graham Parkway  (704) 525-5005
701 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Sleep Inn Concord       (704) 788-2150
1120 Copperfield Boulevard, Concord, N.C. 28025

Sleep Inn & Suites Lake Norman  (704) 766-2500
16508 Northcross Drive, Huntersville, N.C. 28078

Sleep Inn Matthews      (704) 841-1660
9900 Matthews Park Drive, Matthews, N.C. 28105

Sleep Inn University Place      (704) 549-4544
8525 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Staybridge Suites       (704) 248-5000
15735 John J. Delaney Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28277

Studio Plus Deluxe Studios-Charlotte-Tyvola Road.       (704) 527-1960
5830 Westpark Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

Studio Plus Deluxe Studios-Charlotte-University Place   (704) 510-0108
123 East McCullough Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Charlotte Arrowood        (704) 227-2000
7805 Forest Point Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C. 28217

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Charlotte Mooresville     (704) 659-8600
139 Gateway Boulevard, Mooresville, N.C. 28117

TownePlace Suites University    (800) 380-3092
8710 Research Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28262

Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport (704) 395-3600
4238 Business Center Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28214

Wingate by Wyndham I-77 & Tyvola        (704) 523-3366
6050 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte, N.C. 28217


AMP Energy driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick will visit with fans in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy before the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3.

Earnhardt and Harvick will appear separately in the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy. Both will take questions from fans in emceed question and answer sessions.

“We always feel fortunate when we get Dale Jr. and Kevin for our Fan Zone. Both of them are obviously fan favorites,” said Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell. “They have fun with the question and answer session and make the fans feel very comfortable.”

Admission to the Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy is $99 and includes pastries, juice and coffee for breakfast, lunch buffet, four beverage coupons for AMP Energy,  Pepsi products and beer (patrons 21 and older) and Pre-Race Track Pass.

The Pre-Race Track Pass allows fans to stroll on the track along the front stretch from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The $99 price does not include a ticket to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

The Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone sponsored by AMP Energy will open at 8 a.m. on April 30.

The pastries will be served at 8 a.m. with the lunch buffet beginning at 10:30 am.


Martinsville Speedway PR


Great Clips will again serve as the title sponsor of the Labor Day weekend NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 3, the Great Clips 300.

The event will showcase Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand with nearly 3,000 locations in more than 140 markets, as the title sponsor and official hair care provider of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Last year’s Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway was one of the highest attended NASCAR Nationwide Series races in history, and Great Clips is determined to make this year’s event even bigger,” said Great Clips co-op president Greg Thomas. “With the support of our franchisees throughout the Southeast, we’ll all be emphasizing our message that the Great Clips 300 is a fun and affordable Labor Day weekend event the entire family can enjoy.”

The 195-lap Great Clips 300 will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night and is the second of three nights of NASCAR racing during the Sept. 2-4 Labor Day NASCAR race weekend. Continuing a ticket special making NASCAR Nationwide Series racing affordable for fans, children ages 12 and younger will be admitted into the Great Clips 300 free of charge when accompanied by an adult with a regularly-priced ticket.

Great Clips has approximately 120 Atlanta-area locations and more than 300 stores located throughout Georgia and neighboring markets, including Alabama, the Carolinas, Northern Florida and Tennessee that will assist in promoting the Great Clips 300.

The company is also the primary sponsor of the No. 38 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, co-piloted by Jason Leffler and Kasey Kahne for the 2011 season. Great Clips is the longest-standing primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series, having been a sponsor since 2000.

“Atlanta Motor Speedway is pleased to again partner with Great Clips for our huge Labor Day weekend racing celebration,” said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager. “Together we hosted the largest Nationwide event crowd in Atlanta Motor Speedway history last year and we are already moving to break that record at this year’s event.”

Jamie McMurray won the 2010 Great Clips 300 before a crowd of 71,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.




Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a free Open House for race fans and the surrounding community from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, including short-track racing, the opportunity to drive their car on the Speedway's 1.54-mile track and a chance to win a large Big Green Egg smoker.

The free Open House event will feature the championship round of the track's Winter Flurry Legends racing season and fan entertainment, plus the opportunity for NASCAR fans to pick their preferred frontstretch seats for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Labor Day weekend of NASCAR night racing, Sept. 2-4.

Fans reserving Labor Day weekend tickets for as little as a $20 down payment can drive their own vehicle on Atlanta's quad oval following the conclusion of Winter Flurry racing at 3:00 p.m. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the NASCAR Labor Day weekend can visit the AMS ticket office to receive a free voucher to drive the track.

Additional entertainment at the Open House will include:

- FREE drawings for a large Big Green Egg smoker, WWE tickets, a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along and a $50 gift card to the Atlanta Motor Speedway Gift Shop, among other prizes

- 50 percent off NASCAR pit passes for fans purchasing tickets

- 15 percent off new 2011 NASCAR apparel and fans purchasing tickets on March 12 will receive an additional 10 percent off

- Classic car show

- Winter Flurry driver autograph session

- Opportunity to take photos with the Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner’s trophy

- Tours of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Race Control tower and suites

Patrons attending the Atlanta Motor Speedway Open House are asked to park at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office where they can pick up their free admission ticket for the Open House event.

Atlanta Motor Speedway will open gates at 11:00 a.m. Racing and fan activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 3:00 p.m. Track Cruises will take place from 3:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the Spring Kick-Off Open House at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the final race of the 2010-11 Winter Flurry season, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.





The City of Avondale will honor one of NASCAR’s greatest families by naming a street in the new Avondale City Center Dale Earnhardt Drive. Both NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., have won Sprint Cup Series events on PIR’s one-mile oval in Avondale.

On Sunday, February 27 at the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™, Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers and Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber will present a replica of the street sign to Earnhardt Jr. in honor of his family’s racing achievements and contributions to the sport of NASCAR.

“This is a special honor for my family, and we want to thank the city of Avondale, Mayor Rogers, and the entire Avondale community for recognizing my dad this way,” Earnhardt Jr. said.  “We’ve enjoyed racing at Phoenix International Raceway for years.  It’s one of the great tracks on the NASCAR circuit.  The racing is always very good, and the fans are extremely passionate.  The naming of Dale Earnhardt Drive is every bit a tribute to the passionate NASCAR fans in Arizona, and I hope they are equally as honored with this as we are.”

Sperber said the honor is especially exciting because the honor is the first of its kind in a Phoenix metropolitan area that exceeds 4 million people.

“This is a first for the Valley of the Sun – no city in the Phoenix area has ever named one of its streets after a NASCAR driver,” Sperber said. “We appreciate the City of Avondale’s leadership in recognition of NASCAR, race fans and one of the sport’s truly remarkable families in bestowing this honor on the Earnhardts.”

The north entrance to the new Avondale City Center, which is under construction along Avondale Boulevard – a main thoroughfare leading to Phoenix International Raceway – will bear the name Dale Earnhardt Drive.

“The city of Avondale is proud to be home to Phoenix International Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races every year,” said Mayor Rogers. “Dale Earnhardt’s legacy was very much felt in Avondale as it was throughout the country. We’ve also had the pleasure of watching Dale Jr. carry that legacy forward at PIR. Avondale wishes to pay tribute to the Earnhardt family achievements, as well as recognize the huge economic significance of NASCAR and PIR to the metro-Phoenix region.”

Avondale spent $6 million on infrastructure improvements to build Phase 1 of City Center. In November, American Sports Centers Avondale, an 83,000 square foot indoor sports facility, opened at the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex. A 24,500 square foot retail component to feature shops and restaurants will be completed by this Fall.





Kids are encouraged to set goals, read books and work toward a chance to win tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway this June with MIS’ Revved up for Reading presented by Subway program.

MIS and Subway have teamed up for the reading program during “March is Reading Month” to encourage students from seven Jackson and Lenawee county schools to set and reach reading goals, offering them a chance to win NASCAR race tickets, among other prizes, as incentive. 

All students who reach their reading goals will be awarded a free Subway kid’s meal and entered into a drawing for a family ticket package to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 18. One winner from each school will be selected.

“We hope the launch of our program will give kids’ that extra boost to help them read this month as part of March is Reading Month,” MIS Director of Community and Government Relations Alisha Cottrell said. “I have children and it’s exciting to see them get excited about reading. That’s exactly what this program is all about – getting kids in our community enthusiastic about reading.”  

Additionally, all students who participate in the program will receive one free membership to the MIS Kids Club and an MIS bookmark with a special Subway offer for one free cookie with any purchase during the month of March.

In addition to winning as individuals, the students have the opportunity to win for their school. The participating school with the highest percentage of students completing the program will win a grand prize of $2,500 from MIS Cares, Michigan Internationals Speedway’s official charity, for the school’s library. The winning school will be announced Friday, April 8.

Additionally, MIS and Subway officials will present a check to the winning school during pre-race ceremonies of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 18.

Subway is the presenting sponsor and the Brooklyn Exponent has donated the printing of all the bookmarks. Materials are being delivered to the schools next week. The program will run from March 1-31 and will have 2,400 students participating.

Participating schools include:

· Adrian Middle School

· Lincoln Elementary School

· Britton-Macon Area School

· Brooklyn Elementary School

· Onsted Elementary School

· Miller Elementary School

· Deerfield Public Schools

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.




When the NFL and the country’s largest football stadium dropped the ball on hundreds of disappointed football fans, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown with many of them.

Earlier this month, LVMS and the country’s tallest hotel-tower partnered to offer tickets to the March 4-6 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas to those who were displaced from their seats at this year’s Super Bowl.

A total of 34 fans took advantage of the speedway’s offer. The displaced football fans who took advantage of the free ticket offer also were placed in a random drawing to win airfare and three nights of accommodations at the Stratosphere as well.

Amanda Saldana of San Antonio, Texas was one of the hapless pigskin fans who sailed through the uprights in Las Vegas. She not only received free NASCAR Weekend tickets, but also won one of the four drawings for airfare and a hotel stay.

“I’m super excited,” Amanda exclaimed. “The ladies I won the (Super Bowl) tickets from called me and told me about the speedway’s offer. I’ve never been to a NASCAR race or Las Vegas, so this is awesome. I was disappointed about the game. It was going to be my first Super Bowl. But this is awesome. The speedway really stepped up. I’m looking forward to the race and going sightseeing in Las Vegas.”

Other winners responded from as far away as Valencia, Pa., New Berlin, Wis., Charlotte, N.C. and Pittsburgh.
NASCAR Weekend begins on Thursday, March 3 with a full day of NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and a free driver autograph session. Stratosphere Pole Day features practice for both the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race as well as qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 on Friday, March 4. The Sam’s Town 300 is set for Saturday, March 5 and the Kobalt Tools 400 will run on Sunday, March 6. Two nights of World of Outlaws Sprint Car racing will take place at the Dirt Track March 2 and 3.

Tickets for all events, Neon Garage passes and Lucky 7 parking permits are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.




The third phase of construction began this week on the world's largest high-definition video board, designed
and created by Panasonic, that will debut during Charlotte Motor Speedway's
2011 May race events.

Installation is underway on the 500,000-pound steel frame that will
support the 165,000-pound video board, by crews from Granite Contracting, of
Concord, N.C., Mid-Atlantic Construction of Charlotte, N.C., and Eastern
Sign Tech of Burlington, N.J. For the third phase of the HD video board
construction, crews have started erecting six 30-foot tall steel columns
galvanized by Galvan Industries of Harrisburg, N.C. Each column weighs
18,500 pounds and is being attached to concrete footings. The construction
crews are using an 80-ton crane with a 100-foot arm to move the massive
support columns into place. The approximately 200-foot-wide, 80-foot-tall
screen will eventually rise 110 feet above the track on the steel support

A crew from EA Electric of Brooks, Ga., also began running the
electrical cables that will power the more than nine million LED lamps that
will illuminate the Panasonic video board during each NASCAR race event at
Charlotte Motor Speedway this spring, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star
Race on May 21 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.

Crews have already removed 900 cubic yards of dirt by drilling 12
holes, each 54 inches in diameter, more than 50 feet deep to bedrock level
and installed concrete piers in the holes to support the massive steel
frame. When completed, the total structure will weigh 332-and-a-half tons or
665,000 pounds. In preparation for installation, crews removed 18,000 cubic
yards of dirt and 3,000 cubic yards of concrete behind the backstretch where
the gigantic, nearly 16,000-square-foot screen will be located.

The screen will be centered along the backstretch between Turns 2
and 3, across from the start/finish line. Fans seated throughout the
frontstretch from Turn 4 to Turn 1 will have clear viewing angles of instant
replays, leaderboard updates and interactive entertainment displayed in 720P
high-definition visuals.




When Eddie Wood announced during post-race celebrations Sunday night that Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne would race at Martinsville Speedway this spring, it marked the latest chapter in the longest-running team-track relationship in the sport.
Fifty-eight years ago in 1952 Glen Wood, founder of the famed Wood Brothers Racing Team, combined with Curtis Turner to win a Team Sportsman Race at Martinsville. That was a year before Lee Petty notched his first Martinsville victory for his famous racing family.

“It really makes us feel good that the Wood Brothers quickly decided to add us to their schedule,” said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell. “Glen, Leonard, Eddie, Len, Bernice … the whole family are such good friends of ours. My grandfather (track founder H. Clay Earles) had a great relationship with Glen and Leonard and I’ve been around Eddie and Len since we were all kids. It’s going to be a fun weekend to have them here.”

Twenty-year-old Bayne shocked the racing world with his win in the Daytona 500 Sunday. Bayne and the Wood Brothers had planned on running a 17-race schedule that did not include Martinsville. When asked after the race if that schedule was expanding, Eddie Wood immediately said the team was adding the Martinsville spring race, the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.

Adding Martinsville’s historic oval to their schedule is nothing new for the Wood Brothers. Back in their heyday, when they won the bulk of their 98 Sprint Cup victories, Martinsville was typically the only short track on their selective schedule as they concentrated on longer tracks. That decision was based mostly on location. The Wood Brothers’ hometown of Stuart is less than a half-hour from the track. It was also based on pretty good runs.

Glen had two Martinsville wins as a driver, adding a Modified victory to his Martinsville resume in 1960. Cale Yarborough captured the Virginia 500 in 1968 and David Pearson won the same race in 1973. Wood Brothers drivers have also won several poles at Martinsville.

The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 will mark Bayne’s first visit to Martinsville Speedway. That shouldn’t be a huge problem.

“The young man is really talented,” said Campbell. “Combine that with the Wood Brothers history and knowledge here, and they’ll run just fine.”

Martinsville PR



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