Charlotte Motor Speedway and its partners continue to show strong support for the U.S. military ahead of the most patriotic race in America, the Coca-Cola 600, with a significant ticket donation through the Let The Troops Race program and a race viewing party this Saturday for more than 350 servicemen and women and their families.

3M Buys 500 Tickets for Troops to Attend Coca-Cola 600
Through the Let the Troops Race program for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30, international diversified technology company 3M has purchased a block of 500 tickets. 3M joins several other national companies and local small businesses who have responded to Let the Troops Race, which gives individuals and companies the chance to purchase tickets for just $20 to send a member of the U.S. armed forces to the Memorial Day Weekend race.

“3M is proud to support the brave men and women of our armed forces by participating in the Let The Troops Race program," said Randy Taylor, 3M NASCAR program manager. "We are pleased to join other NASCAR sponsors in saluting our troops at the Coca-Cola 600 during Memorial Day Weekend to show our appreciation for their sacrifice in defending our freedoms every day.”

For their purchase, fans receive recognition on the Charlotte Motor Speedway website and on Sprint Vision screens at the speedway during the race weekend. Fans will also receive a voucher for a free Coca-Cola at the track. Companies will receive the same recognition as fans, plus inclusion in a 30-second recognition spot on the Sprint Vision screens which will play at the speedway during Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend.

The Let the Troops Race program runs through May 22.

Charlotte Motor Speedway offers specially priced race tickets to all members of the U.S. armed forces who wish to purchase tickets directly. Military personnel can contact the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS and supply a military identification number for specific details.

Speedway Sponsors NASCAR Viewing Party for USO Near Camp Lejeune
This Saturday Charlotte Motor Speedway is teaming with NASCAR and the United Service Organizations of North Carolina to host a NASCAR viewing party for more than 350 troops and their families to watch the Heath Calhoun 400 from Richmond. The viewing party, presented by Stevenson Automotive Group in Wilmington, N.C., will take place at the USO in Jacksonville, N.C., just off-base from Camp Lejeune.
Attendees will watch the race on one of many giant TV screens throughout the USO complex, play games for Charlotte Motor Speedway prizes, and eat food provided by Sharp Shooters Restaurant and Sports Bar in Jacksonville.

Speedway ticket sales employees will also be on hand to offer active and retired military and their families a chance to purchase race tickets at discounted prices.

The event will be the first in a series of military viewing parties presented by NASCAR held throughout 2010.

“We’re so proud to be working with NASCAR and the USO in Jacksonville on this partnership to let our local troops come together with their families and enjoy a night of NASCAR racing,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We’ll be even more excited to host these same servicemen and women at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 30 as we celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the most spectacular military pre-race show ever produced.”

The Let Freedom Race pre-race show for the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature a spectacular tribute to generations of men and women who have served, are currently serving or have made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. armed forces. The pre-race show will start at 3:50 p.m. on the ground with an assault demonstration by soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., will continue through the air with special fly-overs by rare military aircraft from several conflicts in American history and will end on the stage with a tribute to Medal of Honor recipients.

Tickets for all May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS. Friends and family four-pack tickets start at just $39.75 per person for the Coca-Cola 600 and at $35 per person for the All-Star Race on May 22.

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