Thursday, September 29, 2005

What do Bill Elliott, Charlie Brown, Charlie Daniels, Lisa Marie Presley and Martin Truex Jr. have in common?

ThatsRacin.com What do Bill Elliott, Charlie Brown, Charlie Daniels, Lisa Marie Presley and Martin Truex Jr. have in common?

Only one thing - NASCAR in Memphis.

[This is from a press release. I would have said "they all sound like men" which is funny if you've heard the princess sing. -Ed.]

NASCAR champion Bill Elliott will be here in a rare Busch race appearance, this time with Charlie Brown on the hood of his # 6 car.

Martin Truex Jr. will be back to defend his Memphis title in the # 8, and a strong finish could also clinch his defense of his Busch Series championship. Of course, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, Kerry Earnhardt and a host of other top-flight challengers may have something to say about that.

Memphis's own Lisa Marie Presley has been bitten by the NASCAR bug and is coming home as race Grand Marshal to help them "start those engines."

And last but not least, just in case all of that and 250 laps isn't enough, The Charlie Daniels Band headlines the big post-race party and concert as soon as the smoke clears from victory lane and the fireworks.

"With a lineup like that, we're fast approaching a sell-out," said Jason Rittenberry, Memphis Motorsports Park Vice President and General Manager.

The race week schedule also includes Fanfest and a driver autograph session on Thursday night at Sam's Town Tunica, two practice sessions at the track on Friday afternoon, and qualifying on Saturday morning at 10:35 a.m. The race will take the green flag following the "command" by Lisa Marie Presley at 2:30 p.m.

Race-day tickets are $15-$52. For more information or to order tickets, call toll-free 1-866-40-SPEED or visit memphismotorsportspark.com.

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