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Race fans get chance to win Lucas Oil pace car
One lucky race fan will get the keys to the 2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series pace car in a giveaway contest sponsored by Appliancezone.com.
Appliancezone.com, an online retailer of appliance parts and accessories that has signed on as a series sponsor over the next three seasons, will begin registration for the prized 2011 Chevrolet RS Camaro at the tour's season opener Feb. 7 at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. | Complete Speedweeks coverage
The grand prize winner, selected during the Oct. 8 series event at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., will also receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to the season-ending Dirt Track World Championship at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio. The winner will be presented the car on the frontstretch on the DTWC weekend.
"This is going to be a great contest for our race fans, who will have a chance to win this Camaro and a trip to the Dirt Track World Championship," series director Ritchie Lewis said in a press release. "The folks at Appliancezone.com are great people with an incredible passion for dirt racing and we are honored to be associated with a company of their caliber."
The Appliancezone.com pace car, provided by John Jones Chevrolet of Corydon, Ind., will be at every series event starting Feb. 9 at East Bay, displayed during each event and pacing the field for the night's feature event.
"Everyone at Appliancezone.com enjoyed the experience last year with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and we had such a blast while creating the Driver Development Sponsorship contest," said Appliancezone.com CEO Jim Allen. "Everyone from the series staff, to the drivers and the especially the race fans, were fantastic. So we wanted to do something special for the fans this year."
Fans can register for the pace car and trip at www.appliancezone.com. Registrants must be 18 years old with a valid email address with entries limited to one per person (additional entries can be made with any purchase from Appliancezone.com). No purchase is necessary for a single entry.
The grand prize winner will be chosen at random. Lucas Oil Series officials and Appliancezone.com employees aren't eligible.
EXTRA STARTING SPOTS ADDED AT EAST BAY: This year's Dart Winternationals at East Bay presented by Magnaflow will include 26-car starting fields in each of six features throughout the Feb. 7-12 action near Tampa. Additional starting spots will go to the Dart Fast Pass provisional (the fastest qualifier who failed to transfer to the main even through preliminary races) and the winner of the Magnaflow Strawberry Dash (a nightly race among non-feature qualifiers).
WINTERNATIONALS CHAMP SET TO RECEIVE $5,000: While only the final three of six nights are Lucas Oil Series points races at East Bay, the six-night Winternationals includes a separate points fund that pays $5,000 to the champion. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., is a two-time and reigning Winternationals champ at the third-mile oval.
ODDS AND ENDS: Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., expected to follow the Lucas Oil Series for the first time, tuned up at East Bay with a victory in modified competition at East Bay on Feb. 3. ... Magnaflow Performance Exhaust is presenting sponsor of the Winternationals for the first time. ... With rainouts of three races in Georgia Feb. 3-5, Monday's Winternationals opener at East Bay is set to be the first event of the combined Georgia-Florida Speedweeks.