NASCAR Offseason Events Get Fans In Gear For 2010

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NASCAR Offseason Events Get Fans In Gear For 2010

Do you have the NASCAR blues?

After months of exciting racing and a historic championship run, the NASCAR offseason may have left a few fans a little blue.

If you are a NASCAR fan and you are pretty much ready for winter, the cold, snow, or rain to be over, then January might just warm you up a bit.

You're thinking the Budweiser Shootout is not until February, what is she talking about?

I know for many of us there is snow and cold weather and I am thinking about NASCAR.

In January, some of your favorite drivers will be making an early appearance for a few events in jumpstarting not only the fans but the 2010 season just a month before the season opener.

It all kicks off just after the New Year with Sound and Speed on Jan. 8-9.

For the fifth consecutive year, the stars of country music and NASCAR come together for a weekend event in the heart of country music, Nashville,TN.

The money raised at the event goes to the Victory Junction Gang Camp and in the last five years, over 40,000 people have attended and have raised over $800,000 for the camp.

This year, the first night of the event features country music stars Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Young.

NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will also take the stage with his band on Friday night.

On Saturday night, the NASCAR and country stars will be aligned with NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Michael Waltrip at the fan event.

Also at the fan event will be Hank Williams Jr., Danny Gokey, Chris Young, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, members of Diamond Rio, and more.

Tickets for the Ryman shows on Jan. 8 (ranging from $42 to $54) and the festival on Jan. 9 ($20 for adults and $15 for children) are on sale and are available through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com ) and at opry.com . Combination tickets, good for the Opry and the festival, range from $55 to $69.

Visit www.soundandspeed.org for more information and updates.

If you’re not into country music but still want a little NASCAR excitement, then check out Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 15-16th. From Jeff Gordon to Colin Braun, 24 drivers from all the top touring series will be appearing.

There will be a lot to do for race fans of all ages.

This includes interactive fan forums, autograph sessions, show cars, displays, music, online auctions, and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Tickets, which are $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  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, and  Mark Martin. The remainder of the driver autograph sessions will be done by a first-come basis.

So race fans, it may be winter and the 2010 season might be over a month away, but that does not mean you can’t have a little NASCAR.

If you need a little racing, the events coming up in January might solve those winter blues.

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