NASCAR Driver Greg Biffle to Participate in PINKS All Out Saturday at zMAX Dragway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle intends to pull some unusual double duty this weekend when he takes to the quarter-mile at zMAX Dragway for Saturday's PINKS All Out.
Weather permitting, Biffle will qualify his familiar No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in Talladega Saturday morning, fly to Concord, N.C., then bring his 2007 Shelby GT 500 to the Bellagio of drag strips to compete in an exhibition competition that will be featured on PINKS All Outtakes on SPEED.
"I am so excited about it," said Biffle, who used to drag race in eighth-mile "grudge matches" as a teenager in Vancouver, Wash. "I've always loved PINKS because it's fun to watch for anyone who really loves cars. It was cool when they raced for titles and still very cool with PINKS All Out, where they race for money.
"On top of that, zMAX Dragway is a first-rate drag strip. It's the only one I know of with four lanes and to see four-wide drag racing on Saturday is going to be unbelievable. It's just an incredible new facility.
I raced there last fall with the same car, but I expect the competition level to be a lot higher this time."
In addition to competing on Saturday, Biffle will also serve as a guest technical advisor for the PINKS All Out on-air team which includes host Rich Christensen.
"I never thought I'd be able to do this because they race on weekends and obviously I'm always racing on weekends," Biffle continued.
"This time, it worked out for me to leave Talladega after qualifying on Saturday, so that's what I'm going to do. I can't wait. It's going to be fun."
Officials at zMAX Dragway expect Saturday's taping of PINKS All Out to be a sellout by Saturday morning. Advance ticket sales have been better than expected with drag racing fans lining up to take part in the taping of SPEED's wildly successful program and witness history with the first-ever nationally televised four-wide drag race. A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be sold once grandstand seating is gone.
PINKS All Out, the popular spin-off program to the original PINKS series, is hosted by creator and executive producer Rich Christensen and offers grassroots racers a chance to win $18,000 in cash and prizes and an opportunity to run their cars in front of a national cable television audience on SPEED. Each racer is asked to run their car "All Out," but if they are caught sandbagging or slowing down they will be eliminated from the competition. The show, a production of Los Angeles-based Pullin Television, will be shot in 720p high definition.
Tickets for this weekend's PINKS All Out at zMAX Dragway are moving fast and can be purchased by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Tickets for Saturday's qualifying sessions and eliminations, including four-wide racing, are $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Tickets for Friday's test and tune are $15. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.