NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title contender Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to answer race fans¿ questions during an appearance at the SpeedZone Pavilion prior to the UAW-GM Quality 500 Saturday night, Oct. 16, at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt Jr. will participate in a 15-minute question-and-answer session before competing in the only nighttime event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

Located behind the Diamond Tower grandstand in turn two, the SpeedZone Pavilion is a hospitality area featuring driver appearances, catered meals, cash bar, pre-race pit access and musical entertainment.

¿The SpeedZone pavilion gives fans a chance to see their favorite driver up close, ask him a question and visit the pit area. It's a way for the race fan to have fun, food and drink in one convenient location¿a great upgrade to the UAW-GM Quality 500 experience,¿ said H.A. ¿Humpy¿ Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

SpeedZone admission is $125 per person and does not include a race ticket. SpeedZone passes can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS. Additional SpeedZone driver appearances will be announced later.