DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 500 champions Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among the drivers that will appear at NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests at historic Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16.
Race fans can get their sneak peek of Speedweeks 2010 with numerous activities with their favorite drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series in the Sprint FANZONE located in the heart of the “World Center of Racing.”
Among the activities planned for both days include:
• Interactive fan forums
• Autograph sessions
• Show cars, displays, music
• Online auction
• Blood drive
• Richard Petty Driving Experience
Drivers currently scheduled to make appearances on Friday, Jan. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. are 2009 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Travis Kvapil and AJ Allmendinger,
Scheduled to appear on Saturday, Jan. 16 during the noon - 4 p.m. session are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann, Morgan Shepherd, Michael Annett, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Colin Braun. In the 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. session on Saturday, Jan. 16, drivers scheduled to appear are Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Todd Bodine and Sam Hornish Jr.
Tickets, which are available for $15, are on sale now at 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com with autograph session availability limited to 250 people per driver in advance. To request access to the special autograph sessions, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit the Daytona International Speedway ticket office beginning on Monday, Jan. 4 at 9 a.m.
The only drivers with advance reservations for the driver autograph sessions will be Earnhardt Jr., Newman, Kenseth, Busch, Gordon, Harvick and Martin. The remainder of the driver autograph sessions will be done by a first-come basis.
Additional drivers and more details about the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests will be released in the coming weeks.
“The NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fests are going to provide a great opportunity for the fans to interact with the drivers and get pumped up about the upcoming Speedweeks events and the 52nd annual Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said.
Speedweeks 2010 is highlighted by the season-opening 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14. Other events include the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 13, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 12, the Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 11 and a racing tripleheader on Saturday Feb. 6 with Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger, the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and the Budweiser Shootout.
Tickets for all Speedweeks 2010 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP and fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)
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