The weather looks good so far for the weekend of Chase race two at Dover International Speedway. Director of Public Relations Gary Camp talks through the hurdles and highlights of the weekend. Included is a schedule of track events.
Talking a week before the September race weekend, Dover International Speedway’s Director of Public Relations Gary Camp said Mother Nature is on their side. So far.
“A really great forecast really helps get fans out to the race,” Camp said. “We’re very dependent on the weather and hopeful that it’s going to be sunny skies.”
That would help draw fans to the track for everything from driver meet-and-greets to free concerts to, of course, the races, which kick off Friday, Sept. 24, as does the majority of entertainment in the FanZone.
One of this year’s big draws is Danica Patrick’s Dover debut.
“Danica mania is coming to Dover, so we’ve got that,” Camp said.
Patrick recently announced that she plans to tackle the Monster Mile twice in one weekend: First at the Sunoco 150 race on Friday, Sept. 24, and then at the Dover 200 on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Patrick will treat fans to off-the-track, too, with a free Q-and-A session hosted by Greg T. “Fratboy” and Skeery Jones from Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. The Q-and-A will be at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza.
Patrick won’t be the only new driver at the track this weekend. Fans will be able to test their racing skills on a go-cart track set up in the FanZone.
Camp said the go-carts are likely to be a big draw, as is the fact that the Sept. 26 race is only the second in the Chase.
“There’s a lot of added excitement around that,” Camp said.
Adding to that excitement is the release of the first 3D NASCAR souvenir program cover featuring Miles the Monster. He also stars on a $5 commemorative casino chip, the first in a series planned to be designed at Dover NASCAR races to come.
As for performances, southern pop singer Jessie James will sing the national anthem before the AAA 400 on Sunday, Sept. 26. Her fellow southern rising star Emma Jacob will take to the Victory Plaza stage in the FanZone on Friday and Saturday. Also performing are The LiNE and Adam Lee.
Camp said the off-track entertainment is an essential part of race weekend.
“It’s just about trying to add to the experience, we’re trying to add value to your ticket. The races here are always competitive, usually close finishes, the track lends itself to good racing,” he said. “You know you’re going to get a great race, but you’re also going to see live music and this five-story monster.”
This could be the last September race at Dover International Speedway; next year’s fall competition is scheduled for early October.
Camp said the track is happy to host two races per season, and if that means one falls in October instead of September, so be it.
He added that fan attendance at the May race was down a bit, and pre-sales for the upcoming weekend have trended toward that as well.
“It’s a little bit softer than in the past, but all motorsports events have been feeling that,” he said. “I just think it’s discretionary income, people are deciding what they want to do with their money.”
Camp is hopeful, however, that if the weather holds up, people will be purchasing tickets right before the race.
“That is one thing we’re seeing — people are just waiting a little bit longer to buy tickets,” Camp said.
See the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car near the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The new NASCAR Nationwide Series car is to be used four times in 2010 and full-time beginning in 2011. Fans in Dover will be able to take a close look at a Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang model of the new car that will race at the Monster Mile for the first time on May 14, 2011.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 23
2 to 3:10 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice
3:50 to 5 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final practice
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24?
10:15 a.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying
11 to 11:30 a.m.: “NASCAR Live” on the SPEED stage
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
1:05 to 3 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice
2 p.m.: SPEED on-air talent autograph session with John Roberts, Wendy Venturini, Hermie Sadler and Bob Dillner in the FanZone.
2 to 2:45 p.m.: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East autograph session with most of the drivers in the series at the K&N Engineering display in the FanZone. Snag an autograph before drivers take to the track for their final race of the season. Autograph session is on a first-come, first served basis.
2 to 4 p.m.: Live music with Emma Jacob, Adam Lee and The LiNE on the Victory Plaza stage
3:10 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying
4:30 p.m.: Driver introductions
4:45 p.m.: Sunoco 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
7 to 8 p.m.: “Trackside Live!” on the SPEED stage. Be there for the craziest party in NASCAR with the loudest fans. Join Elliott Sadler, Krista Voda, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and guests as they bring a fun and insightful show live from the track.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 25
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session in the FanZone. Visit the “Official NASCAR Trackside Merchandise” trailer in the FanZone for an autograph session with drivers including Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Marc Davis, Morgan Shepherd and Erik Darnell, among others. Fans must first stop by and receive free autograph session ticket.
10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying
11:50 a.m.: Trevor Bayne, driver of the No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, stops by the Kids Zone; available to “Take a Kid to the Races” ticket holders only.
12:25 and 12:40 p.m.: Trevor Bayne appears in the FanZone, first at the OUT! Pet Care Display and then at the Toyota display.
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
12:45 p.m.: Danica Patrick Q&A at the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will appear at a free question-and-answer session on the base of the Monster Monument hosted by Greg T. “Fratboy” and Skeery Jones from the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.
1 to 3 p.m.: Live music with Emma Jacob, Adam Lee and The LiNE on the Victory Plaza stage?
1:30 to 2 p.m.: “NASCAR Live” on the SPEED stage?
1:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice
3 p.m.: Driver introductions
3:30 p.m.: Dover 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
9 to 9:30 a.m.: “MRN at Full SPEED” driver Q&A on the SPEED stage. Join personalities from the Motor Racing Network’s on-air team and guests from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for a Q&A session. Richard Petty Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler is tentatively scheduled to appear, with other guests to be announced.
9 to 10 a.m.: Elvis Duran and the Morning Show stars Skeery Jones and Greg T. “Fratboy” autograph session on Victory Plaza. Elvis Duran and the Morning Show consistently ranks No. 1 across multiple demographics and top markets. Broadcasting live from New York’s Z100, the show is nationally syndicated on approximately 30 radio stations. Each morning, Duran and his crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute pop culture and entertainment news, celebrity guests and hit songs.
10 a.m. to noon: “NASCAR RaceDay” live on the SPEED stage. The crew from “NASCAR RaceDay,” John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace are joined by Hermie Sadler and Wendy Venturini for fast paced coverage that will keep fans in the driver’s seat.
12:30 p.m.: Driver introductions
1 p.m.: AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series