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NASCAR Acceleration Weekend 2013 will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina the weekend of Feb. 8–10. It’s a fan festival featuring autographs and on-stage Q&A sessions with top drivers from all three NASCAR national series. Fans will also be among the first to see the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and 2013 paint schemes. Fans headed to NASCAR Acceleration Weekend will have the opportunity to meet inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson at Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Shine & Sign. The new event will feature a fan Q&A and autograph session with Johnson and a free tasting at the Midnight Moon moonshine bar.
All fans with a NASCAR Acceleration 2013 ticket will have free admission to the Shine & Sign, which will be held immediately following the NASCAR Preview on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Tickets are available now at www.nascaracceleration.com and the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office.
A $20 ticket will gain fans all-day access into NASCAR Preview, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Shine & Sign. Midnight Moon’s line of moonshines are based on the family recipes of legendary moonshiner and NASCAR hall of famer, Junior Johnson. Midnight Moon is handcrafted in single batches and is available in traditional moonshine flavors like Apple Pie, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry Blackberry and Cranberry. The moonshine is authentically infused with whole pieces of gourmet-quality fruit. No extracts, color additives, or artificial flavors are added. All of the fruit flavor and color in the Midnight Moon fruit inclusions come from the fruit itself – just as nature (and moonshiners) intended. Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon fruit inclusions are uniquely packaged in authentic moonshine jars that are perfect for gifting. For more information on Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon please visit: www.juniorsmidnightmoon.com
Acceleration Weekend wraps up Sunday, Feb. 10 with the unveiling of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees’ granite markers in the Ceremonial Plaza of the Hall of Fame. 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.
NASCAR Acceleration Weekend also features the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Charlotte Convention Center Friday, Feb. 8. Fans can be part of history as five NASCAR legends – Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood – are enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony start at $45.
Excitement builds for next generation Cup Car – on day one of the final 2012 test for the new sixth-generation race car, the drivers had their say as they turned laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Today, it was the crew chiefs’ turn. Enthusiasm for the design and performance of the new car extends beyond just the drivers.
“This car is the perfect example of technology helping our sport,” Steve Letarte, crew chief of the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, said. “I think we now have three makes out here that my little boy at nine-years old can tell the difference between. I think that is the goal – that anybody can walk through the parking lot and see a Chevy, a Ford and a Toyota and know that they are different. That’s really what it comes down to – if you’re into racing you want to watch cool cars go around the track. I think the simple fact is in 2013 we have cooler cars.”
The look of the new sixth-generation car has been a hit and so has the performance of the new car.