Tuesday, May 17, 2011

All-Star Race and Induction Ceremony Schedule

Besides the Daytona 500, most NASCAR fans can't wait for the mid-season, All-Star Race.  It’s the race where nothing is on the line – no points and certainly no punishments – but it’s also the race in which a million dollar check is awarded to the winner.  

In addition to the race, there are plenty of fan activities planned for the week before.  On   Wednesday, May 18th, “NASCAR Rev’d Up,” is scheduled at the Hall of Fame, which is a free, six-hour event, from 4-10pm ET, that will have driver appearances (Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith), show cars, interactive displays (the ones at the Hall of Fame) and the night will end with a free concert by Gary Allan and Josh Kelley.  Next on the agenda, on Thursday, May 19th, at 7pm ET (will be aired on Speed at 8pm ET); the top 24 “unsung heroes” of NASCAR will race it out in the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, presented by Craftsman, to determine pit selection for the All Star Race.  If you are interested in buying tickets, go to www.pitcrewchallenge.com or call the Charlotte Bobcats ticket office at 800-745-3000. 
Who can forget NASCAR Day?  If you haven’t bought your 2011 NASCAR Day pin, for May 20th, you can do so at www.nascar.com/foundation.  This year, besides it being NASCAR Day, it is also the day of All-Star Qualifying at 5pm ET at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In addition to NASCAR Day and Qualifying, it will also hold the Camping World Truck Series, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, which will begin at 8pm ET (live and on Speed). 

Finally, on May 21st, at 7:30pm ET, the Sprint Showdown will be held before the race to see which two drivers will move onto the Race.  Shortly after this, at 9pm ET, the Sprint All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway is finally here!  Some fans think this is the end of the race weekend for them, but it doesn’t have to be.  On Sunday, May 22nd, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it is the Inductee Fan Day.  It will feature Q&A’s and an autograph session with the 2011 Class.  On Monday, May 23rd at 7pm ET, the NASCAR 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, inducting the second class, consisting of Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, David Pearson and Lee Petty, will take place at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom.  This event is open to the public and if you would like to buy tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.  Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis. 

I hope this summary helped as much as possible.  If anything changes, I will edit this post.  I hope you all enjoy the race and the pre-race activities (if you’re there)!

*All information from NASCAR* 

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