More than 5,000 race fans will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, Nov. 28 to drive their personal vehicle on the legendary track. The 16th Annual Souvenir and Race-Ticket Blow-Out Sale gives fans the opportunity to see the track just as their favorite driver does.

Race fans from all over the country are expected to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

"It has always been my husband's dream to see Charlotte Motor Speedway," said Karrie Waid of Albuquerque, N.M. "We took the huge track in our electric rental car and went as fast as that little car would go with my husband grinning from ear to ear the whole time!"

Those spending at least $50 on merchandise or 2009 race tickets, or donating $25 to Speedway Children's Charities, can enjoy this once-a-year opportunity on Friday Nov. 28.

Fans who wish to drive around the track may pick up a ride card beginning at 8 a.m. when the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out opens. For every $10 spent at the ticket office, gift shop or souvenir haulers, a sticker is placed on the ride card. Once five stickers have been affixed, the card can be redeemed for a ride voucher at the Charlotte Motor Speedway gift shop.

With the ride voucher in hand, fans will be directed to Gate 1 where they will enter the track through the Turn 4 tunnel. Cars will be guided into the infield and assembled in groups. They will then head down pit road and onto the track for three laps around the 1.5-mile quad oval behind one of the track's Toyota Camry pace cars.

A wide variety of vehicles are likely to cruise the track between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Previous events have seen everything from classic muscle cars, to modern sports cars, to mini vans, to semi-tractors take to the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Shoppers who spend at least $50 on tickets or souvenirs, or donate

$25 to Speedway Children's Charities on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free souvenir gift and a tour of zMAX Dragway. Each tour is good for two people. The gift and tours will be redeemable at the gift shop.

In addition to numerous track souvenirs, Charlotte Motor Speedway offers a wide selection of driver apparel along with memorabilia from NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Hats and T-shirts start at only $2. There will also be a special die-cast trailer offering a wide assortment of deeply discounted die-cast cars, including special cars autographed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NASCAR souvenir rigs will blanket the track's front entrance offering drastically reduced prices on a wide variety of memorabilia, T-shirts, hats, posters and die-cast cars. Nearly 20 vendors featuring merchandise from top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, including champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart, are expected.

The Sam Bass Gallery souvenir trailer will be offering a wide selection of posters, holiday die-casts and books at reduced prices. Posters will be selling for half price, just $10. Shoppers can stop by from 10 a.m.

until noon on Friday to get an exclusive Sam Bass autograph. The new Jeff Gordon poster, "Firestorm," featuring Jeff Gordon's 2009 paint scheme will also be available.

Tickets for the 25th annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, are the perfect gift for those with NASCAR fans on their holiday shopping list. The Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office will be open throughout the event.

As a special weekend-only offer, each ticket purchased for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or the Coca-Cola 600 will be accompanied by a free ticket ($12 value) for Windstream Pole Night qualifying on Thursday, May 21. Each ticket buyer will also receive a free gift valued at $10 or more.

For information on the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway gift shop at (704) 455-3202 or visit us online.