Race Fans Can Tame the "Beast of the Southeast" During Friday's Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out
More than 1,500 race fans are expected to follow in the tire tracks of NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon Friday as they drive their personal vehicles around the "Beast of the Southeast" during Lowe's Motor Speedway's 15th annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out.
"I have been to the sale four times, traveling 1,200 miles just to drive on the track," said Bethany Bell of Barre, Vt. "I save my vacation time just for this. I spend a lot and take a lot of hot laps. It takes me three laps just to learn the track and then it gets my adrenaline pumping so I have to go spend $50 more so I can drive it again. I just absolutely love it!"
Those spending at least $50 on merchandise or 2008 race tickets, or donating $25 to Speedway Children's Charities, can enjoy this once-a-year opportunity.
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 Lowe's 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 expected to cruise the track between 10 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 track. Race fans from up and down the East Coast are expected to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
"Driving around the track is pretty awesome," said Holly Smith of Manheim, Pa. "There is just something surreal about driving a big old suburban on the track. Some days I think I would drive the whole way down to Charlotte just to do it again, it was just great."
In addition to numerous track souvenirs including "Beast of the Southeast" merchandise, Lowe's Motor Speedway will offer a wide selection of driver apparel and NASCAR memorabilia at reduced prices. Many items will sell for just $1 while a wide variety of hats and T-shirts will also be available, starting at just $3.
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 NEXTEL Cup drivers, including champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, are expected.
Tickets for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 are the perfect gift for those with NASCAR fans on their holiday shopping list and the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office will be open throughout the event.
As a special one-day 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 22.
For information on the Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out, contact the Lowe's Motor Speedway gift shop at (704) 455-3202 or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.