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John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, November 29 2013

Charlotte Motor Speedway is one of several tracks offering holiday deals. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Again, it’s “Black Friday” which leads to “Cyber Monday” and maybe even to “Ruby Tuesday” _ days made for people who drive Honda Odysseys in search of holiday bargains both real-and-imagined.

Anyone with a really, really cool car _ for instance, a Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo _ wouldn’t think of battling traffic over to the nearest mall to hunt for a parking space next to an askew SUV. Beware of a door-dinger from the kid who just stormed out of Tar-jay after finding out he/she is not going to get the latest version of X-Box for Christmas, much less the obligatory stray/bleeping shopping cart.

Instead, check out these holiday offers from various motorsports facilities, listed alphabetically:

Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., is playing host on “Black Friday” to the 21st annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out through 4 p.m. (EST).

More than a dozen tents and souvenir trailers will be on-site for drivers including six-time/reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick and others, with some items starting at just $1. Also, shoppers will receive a 20 percent discount on all clothing items purchased in the CMS Gift Shop.

Along with merchandise, special ticket deals include: Buy one pit pass and get the second at half-price, and buy four Saturday or Sunday NHRA tickets and get two Friday tickets free. Also, fans who purchase $200 in gift cards, tickets, camping or pit passes will receive a $50 gift card for free.

Fans who spend at least $50 on souvenirs, purchase four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or NHRA race tickets, or donate $40 to Speedway Children’s Charities, can drive their personal vehicle around the 1.5-mile superspeedway. For more information, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway Gift Shop at (704) 455-3202 or go online to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Fans also are encouraged to finish off their holiday shopping at the region’s largest light show, Speedway Christmas. The 3.1-mile course contains more than three-million lights and 800 displays. Fans also can experience viewings of Christmas movies on CMS’ huge HDTV screen including “Polar Express,” as well as the Christmas Village, which includes marshmallow roasting, a petting zoo, kids’ zone, photos with Santa and more.

Operating hours for the Speedway Christmas drive-through light show are 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets are available online or at the gate nightly during event hours for drive-up traffic. Admission is $15 per car on nights the Christmas Village is closed and $20 per car on nights the village is open. Group rates for tour buses and corporate sponsorships also are available.

Admission to the movie nights is included with the purchase of a Speedway Christmas ticket. Movies will begin at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday as follows:

Nov. 29 and 30: “Polar Express”
Dec. 6 and 7: “Christmas Vacation”
Dec. 13 and 14: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Dec. 20 and 21: “A Christmas Story”
Dec. 27 and 28: “Elf”

Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is offering merchandise from the second annual Formula One United States Grand Prix, including a variety of t-shirts and hats, at a 25 percent price reduction. Use sale code USGP25 upon checkout online. Offer is valid through 11:59 a.m. (EST) Sunday at COTAstore.com or while supplies last.

Additionally, tickets for the 2014 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. (EST) at http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/and at www.ticketmaster.com. COTA will play host to the first of only two MotoGP events in the United States next year on April 11-13.

COTA’s 2014 MotoGP event features these fan-friendly options:

_ Free motorcycle parking for fans who purchase tickets by Dec. 31.

_Three-day weekend passes and single-day ticket options.

_ A new dry camping option for fans who want to stay close to the circuit all weekend.

_ Children 12-and-under receive free general admission with a ticketed adult.

Single-day general admission tickets run from $39 to $59 for Friday’s practice sessions; single-day reserved seats are priced from $59 to $109. Three-day weekend passes start at $89 for general admission and from $139 to $199 for reserved seats. Three-day dry camping passes are available for $150 per space. Single-day parking for cars is $20 per vehicle, with three-day weekend parking at $45 per vehicle.

Single-day motorcycle parking is priced at $10 per bike and at $20 for the three-day weekend. Motorcycle parking is free for fans purchasing their MotoGP tickets by Dec. 31.

Darlington (S.C.) Raceway will celebrate its 65th year of racing in 2014 with tickets to the track “Too Tough To Tame” officially going on sale on “Black Friday.”

Starting on Nov. 29, fans may purchase a frontstretch ticket to both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on April 12 and NASCAR Nationwide Series 200 on April 11 for one price of $65, a savings of nearly $35 to see both races. The offer is available through “Cyber Monday” on Dec. 2.

Special children’s pricing of $34 for both races also is available for the anniversary package.

Fans may purchase the $65 package by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or calling 866-459-RACE (7223). The 65-year anniversary package cannot be combined with any other special offers.

Daytona International Speedway has put together several $49 “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” holiday ticket specials at the “World Center of Racing”:

_ An infield/grandstand ticket for the 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2014 with a Rolex 24 event hat and $10 DAYTONA Dollars (good at any DIS concession stand), a savings of 11 percent.

_General admission grandstand ticket for The Sprint Unlimited /Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV American Real doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24 percent.

_ General admission grandstand ticket for the Budweiser Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 20, and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24 percent.

_General admission grandstand ticket for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 21, and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24 percent.

_ General admission grandstand ticket and trackside access for the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday, March 8, and $10 DAYTONA Dollars (good at any DIS concession stand), a savings of 11 percent.

_ Children 12-and-under will be admitted free in general admission seating for Budweiser Speedweeks events. For the Daytona Supercross By Honda, children 5-and-under will be admitted free in general admission seating and children 6-through-12 will be admitted at $10.

_ Fans purchasing on either Friday, Nov. 29, or Monday, Dec. 2, also will receive free shipping (a savings of $14) for all tickets purchased (phone orders only).

Fans also can purchase tickets as well as make their autographed session reservations for the annual Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at DIS. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will test on Jan. 9-10 in advance of the season-opening 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will test on Jan. 11-12 for their season-opening event, the DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Camping World Truck Series will wrap up Preseason Thunder on Jan. 13-14 in preparation for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night, Feb. 21. It’s the first time since 2008 the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck teams have participated in January testing at DIS.

All test sessions are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EST) each day, weather permitting. Each session includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.

The Preseason Thunder Fan Fests, companion events to the January testing sessions in the Sprint FANZONE, are scheduled on Thursday night, Jan. 9, for the Sprint Cup Series and Saturday night, Jan. 11, for the Nationwide Series. There will not be a Fan Fest or infield admissions for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series testing sessions. Fan Fests will include autograph sessions, driver fan forums, show cars and displays and a photo opportunity with the 2014 Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy.

Tickets are $25 for Thursday’s Sprint Cup Fan Fest and $15 to view Friday’s testing from the Sprint FANZONE. For NASCAR Nationwide testing on Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $10 each day and are available only at the gate. Children 12-and-under will receive free admission throughout testing.

Preseason Thunder ticket-holders receive free tent camping inside Turns 3 and 4 throughout the Sprint Cup and Nationwide testing sessions; fans also can watch each day’s testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands.

Advanced reservations are available (limited availability) for driver autograph sessions to include Danica Patrick and past Daytona 500 champions. Additional driver autograph sessions will be held during Fan Fest with wristbands available the day of the event.

Tickets and autographed session reservations are available only by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by visiting the Daytona International Speedway Tours and Ticket Office. Tickets for the Daytona 500 start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is offering tickets to the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 30 as part of a special promotional package.

Through Dec. 19, fans purchasing a ticket will be eligible for a daily giveaway. Each day a customer will receive one of the following items _ driver-autographed hat, driver-autographed hero card, Martinsville Speedway t-shirt, Martinsville Speedway hat, track passes, pair of tickets to the Party Plaza or a pair of All-Access Gold Passes. Renewal customers are included in the offer.

Tickets to the STP 500 start at $35. The speedway’s special offers:

_ $90 Family Four Pack that includes two adult tickets and two children 12-and-under tickets.

_ $120 Family Four Pack that includes two adult tickets and two children 12-and-under tickets.

_ Family pricing in the Clay Earles Tower Rows 15-52, teens 13-17, $25; children 12-and-under, $10.

The STP 500 weekend is scheduled for March 28-30. The Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is set for March 29 with Pole Day on March 28. Tickets for the STP 500 weekend are on sale and can be purchased by calling 877-RACE-TIX, or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway has announced a $95 Holiday Package for the 2014 Aaron’s Dream Weekend (May 2-4, 2014) that features a ticket to the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday and a weekend FanVision rental.

Valued at $165, the package is available throughout the holiday season. Talladega’s Holiday Package includes one Lincoln Grandstand ticket for Sunday, May 4; one Lincoln Grandstand ticket for Saturday, May 3 and one Weekend FanVision rental. The FanVision controller puts fans inside the racing action with the live race broadcast, eight in-car cameras, instant replays and detailed driver stats and bios from the palm of their hand.

To purchase the package log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/holiday.

Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is offering arguably the best deal on a high-definition television to bargain-hunters on “Black Friday.”

Continuing through 11:59 p.m. (CST) at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during ticket office hours, TMS is offering a 25 percent discount or more on select adult frontstretch tickets for the Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and debut of “Big Hoss TV” on Sunday, April 6.

The discount also includes TMS’ new $30 frontstretch price-point, which will be reduced to $20 during the “Black Friday” sale, making it the lowest priced frontstretch ticket for a Sprint Cup race in the history of “The Great American Speedway!”

The “Black Friday” special provides Cup fans with savings ranging from $10 to $25 for adult frontstretch tickets as well as the opportunity to be a part of history when the world’s largest video board is unveiled. Purchases will be limited to a maximum of eight tickets per account.

TMS will usher-in a new era in 2014 with the arrival of “Big Hoss TV” by closing the backstretch seating so all ticket-holders can benefit from the new amenity.

Select individual seating on the frontstretch at $30 for both the Texas 500 on Sunday, April 6, and AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 2, is available _ the best price-point for a Cup event since TMS opened in 1997. The previous low was $40 during the inaugural year; the 2014 pricing offers a 38 percent savings from the lowest individual frontstretch ticket of $49 available this season.

The price-point also will become the most economical for all Sprint Cup race seating as the backstretch grandstand will be closed for those races beginning in 2014. The section offered 1,000 seats in the first two rows for Cup races at $20 and the remaining 8,955 seats at $40. The section was not being utilized for any other annual major races (IndyCar Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) with the exception of Cup events.

The move _ which reduces overall grandstand seating capacity to 112,552 _ will allow all fans with seats the opportunity to enjoy the world’s largest video board beginning with its debut at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.

Nicknamed “Big Hoss TV,” the video board will be constructed by Panasonic directly behind those backstretch grandstands, standing 12 stories high and providing 20,633 square feet of high-def television. During race weekends, the video board will feature live race coverage, leaderboard information, driver and race statistics, instant replays, interactive entertainment and more to enhance the overall fan experience.

Individual tickets, including the $30 seating, for April’s Texas 500 will go on sale Feb. 14, 2014. Tickets for November’s AAA Texas 500 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race will go on sale at a later date following the June 7 Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race at TMS.

John Sturbin | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, November 29 2013
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