In Case You Missed It: Thursday, February 12, 2009

NASCAR Holds Luncheon For Diversity

On Wednesday, NASCAR held its second annual diversity luncheon at Daytona. The luncheon was created to celebrate accomplishments from participants in the sport with regards to NASCAR’s ongoing diversity program.

“Teams, tracks, sponsors and other stakeholders play an integral role in our efforts to further diversify our sport,” said managing director of public affairs Marcus Jadotte. “The NASCAR Diversity Awards are a small way to say thank you and recognize just a few of those making a difference in creating awareness and opportunity.”

Receiving awards were driver Kristin Bumbera, driver Annabeth Barnes, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Winston-Salem State University among others.

Atlanta and Indianapolis Speedways Offering Reduced Price Deals

Atlanta Motor Speedway announced the return of their Racing Roulette promotion, which enables ticket buyers to buy tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 in March for the price of the number on the winning car of the Daytona 500. The first 1,000 tickets sold will be sold at that price, after which fans can purchase one at the regular price and get one at the discount price until 1 PM on February 17 or until all of the $95 seats are sold.

Details can be found on the AMS website.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway also offered a reduction in ticket prices for certain seats, with some sections on the backstretch going for $45 instead of the usual $75. Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, acknowledged that the seat prices were being cut in the wake of both a bad economy and last year’s caution-filled race.

Julianne Hough To Sing National Anthem At 500

Daytona International Speedway announced on Wednesday that country music star Julianne Hough will be singing the national anthem for the 2009 Daytona 500.

Hough’s self-titled album has topped the country and top 200 charts with its single “That Song In My Head”. She has also scored two victories on the popular Dancing With The Stars TV show.

Erik Darnell Running 15 Events For Roush Fenway

Roush Fenway Racing announced on Tuesday that Darnell, a two time winner in the Camping World Truck Series, will be running in 15 Nationwide Series events this season. Darnell will be driving the No. 6 Northern Tool & Equipment Ford Fusion.

“I wish I was running a full schedule, but I’ve been given a great opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it,” said Darnell. “There are several tracks on the schedule I’ve had success at in the past. Hopefully, I can put together some good runs this season and get the No. 6 Northern Tool + Equipment Ford Fusion into Victory Lane.”

Darnell will be running in Richmond, Darlington, and Watkins Glen among other races.

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