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NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 Previews New Season

Source: NASCAR.com  View Original

February 06, 2013

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction, Driver Appearances, Q&As, Gen-6 Car Featured

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2013) – A long winter’s wait is over. NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 rolls into Charlotte, N.C. Friday through Sunday signaling the beginning of the new season.

Three days of activities at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and adjacent Charlotte Convention Center include the hall’s induction of the Class of 2013 and the popular NASCAR Preview 2013 featuring driver appearances, up-close viewing of the NASCAR Gen-6 race cars, autograph sessions and fan Q&As.

The event marks the final weekend before engines roar to life at Daytona International Speedway and the start of Daytona Speedweeks 2013. The Sprint Unlimited is set for Saturday, Feb. 16 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET). Ten days of practice, qualifying and racing culminates with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 (FOX, 1 p.m. ET).

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 kicks off with Friday night’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame of five of the sport’s legends: NASCAR premier series champions Buck Baker, Herb Thomas and Rusty Wallace; champion car owner Cotton Owens and innovative crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

The Induction Ceremony, which follows a red carpet walk, private reception and induction dinner, takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center which is directly connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. SPEED, MRN Radio and SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast the ceremonies live.

Tickets for the induction ceremonies start at $45, and are available at WWW.NASCARACCELERATION.COM and the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office. In addition, a $20 ticket will gain fans all-Saturday access into NASCAR Preview 2013 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Induction day ceremonies also include unveiling of an exhibit dedicated to pioneer broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall, the initial recipients of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence at 3:45 p.m.

A NASCAR Hall of Fame autograph session featuring Hall of Famers Bobby Allison, Dale Inman, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Bud Moore, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Glen Wood precedes Friday’s Induction Ceremony. It will be held from 4-4:45 p.m. in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honor.

Saturday’s NASCAR Preview 2013 activities, featuring drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Convention Center Ballroom and Exhibit Hall C. Autograph sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. with on-stage Q&A sessions starting at 9 a.m.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 Previews New Season

Event sponsors Sprint and Nationwide Insurance will have interactive fan displays, show cars and giveaways throughout Saturday.
Other Official Partner displays and activities during the fan-friendly event:

  • Camping World will feature an interactive display.
  • A question-and-answer session engineered by Mobil 1 with three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is scheduled for 10 a.m.
  • The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry show cars will be on display.
  • Miss Coors Light will participate in a Q&A at 11:50 a.m. and be onsite for autographs with fans.
  • M&M’S® will have a prize wheel and racing simulator.
  • Ritz will have a show car on-site.

Participating Official Partners will offer giveaways and special offers for fans in attendance.

Highlights of the on-stage schedule include:

9 a.m. – Q&A with Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9:20 a.m. – NASCAR Foundation unveiling of NASCAR Day pin
9:45 a.m. – Q&A with Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood
10:20 a.m. – Joe Gibbs Racing team announcement
10:30 a.m. – Q&A with Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Sam Hornish Jr.
11 a.m. – Q&A with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson
12 p.m. – Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Marcos Ambrose, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon and Johanna Long
12:20 p.m. – Q&A with Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett
1 p.m. – Q&A with Richard Petty and Kyle Petty
1:30 p.m. – Q&A Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick, Travis Pastrana, Regan Smith, James Buescher, Daniel Suarez
2:30 p.m. – Q&A with Junior Johnson

Here is a complete list of driver autograph times:

9:30 a.m. – Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joe Nemechek, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Eric McClure, Brian Scott, Timothy Peters, Miguel Paludo, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Todd Peck and Dylan Kwasniewski.

11 a.m. – Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola, Scott Speed, Sam Hornish, Mike Wallace, Brennan Newberry, Sean Corr, Jamie Dick, Hal Martin, Brian Keselowski, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Matt Crafton.

12:30 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, David Ragan, David Gilliland, Brian Vickers, Austin Dillon, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, Johanna Long, Ty Dillon, Nelson Piquet Jr., Todd Bodine, Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 Previews New Season

2 p.m. – Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears, Michael McDowell, Travis Pastrana, Regan Smith, Brad Sweet, Jeremy Clements, John Wes Townley, Ryan Blaney, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Alex Bowman, James Buescher, Parker Kligerman, Justin Lofton, Johnny Sauter, Jason White, Max Gresham, Dakoda Armstrong, Jeb Burton and  Daniel Suarez.

Two NASCAR Hall of Fame events are on tap Saturday, open to all with a NASCAR Preview wrist band. The public may view Hall of Honor displays highlighting the careers of the Class of 2013 beginning at 9:30 a.m. NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson will host a Midnight Moon Shine and Sign from 4-7 p.m. in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Great Hall. The event will feature a Q&A, autograph signing and moonshine tastings.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 wraps up Sunday at 10 a.m. with a NASCAR Hall of Fame autograph session with Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood in the Hall of Honor. A Sunday Hall of Fame ticket is required for admission.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on FOX. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

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Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000- square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. nascarhall.com