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For the induction of its third class to the NASCAR Hall of Fame January 20th, NASCAR has pulled out all the stops to create a weekend celebration worthy of the enshrinement of the latest group of the sports all-time greats.
Dubbed Acceleration Weekend, the sports elite will converge on Charlotte, North Carolina for the Hall of Fame induction of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Ritchie Evans, and Glen Wood; the induction ceremony will be Friday January 20.
More than 50 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series are
now confirmed to appear at the inaugural NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, scheduled for Jan. 21 in Charlotte, N.C.
Race fans will have the chance to meet top competitors of the sport during the all-day fan event located inside the Charlotte Convention Center. NASCAR Preview 2012 will offer a festival-like experience for fans that features driver autograph and question-and-answer sessions, show car appearances, simulators, games and more.
The fan event is one of several events that comprise NASCAR Acceleration Weekend, which begins Friday, Jan. 20 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Class of 2012 inductees Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough. Following Saturday’s NASCAR Preview 2012 event will be the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 22.
“I’m really excited about this event coming back because I was sad it went away in the first place,” said Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet. “There are going to be plenty of chances for race fans to see their favorite drivers and get excited for another great season. It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Induction Ceremony that is taking place on Friday.”
2011 champions Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon plus other drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will sign autographs in the Ballroom and the Exhibit Hall at the Charlotte Convention Center starting at 9 a.m.
Driver Appearance Times (Ballroom)
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth; 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson; 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski; 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Greg Biffle; 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman; 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya; 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart
Driver Appearance Times (Exhibit Hall)
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, David Ragan, Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill, Blake Koch, Travis Pastrana, Timothy Peters
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Brian Vickers, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Sweet, Cale Gale, Justin Lofton, Todd Peck
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Michael Annett, Elliott Sadler, Mike Wallace, Dakoda Armstrong, Johnny Sauter, Parker Kligerman
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Morgan Shepherd, Kenny Wallace, Joey Coulter, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Tim George Jr.
Additional driver appearances from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, plus all four living 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees, will be announced at a later date. Appearance times are subject to change.
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase new 2012 NASCAR merchandise at the NASCAR Preview 2012.
Tickets to NASCAR Preview 2012, presented by Sprint, are available now starting at just $10 for individual event admission at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $15. A discounted $20 combo ticket includes admission to both the Preview event and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while a $299 VIP weekend package includes all NASCAR Acceleration Weekend events, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.