SONOMA, Calif. - The 12th annual visit by the NASCAR Winston Cup Series highlights what promises to be the most dynamic season ever as Sears Point Raceway continues to provide the best in motorsports entertainment with a diverse schedule that promises to satisfy every fan.
The pinnacle of the 2000 season will be the Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event, June 22-25. Vallejo native Jeff Gordon will attempt to become the only three-time champion on the country's most challenging and demanding road course. Gordon edged Mark Martin last season for the checkered flag by less than one-half second in one of the most exciting finishes ever at Sears Point. The length of the race (112 laps) and distance (350k) will remain the same as 1999.
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Sonomafest, presented by Cruise America April 28-May 7 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days West April 28-30 Progressive Motorcycle Insurance AMA Superbikes May 5-7 Chrysler/Jeep Wine Country Classic May 19-21 Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup June 22-25 NHRA Team Chevrolet/The Fox 101.7 Festival of Fire June 30, July 1-2 American Le Mans Series July 21-23 NHRA Fram/Autolite Nationals August 4-6
</pre> "We are looking forward to our best season ever in 2000," said Steve Page, President and General Manager of Sears Point Raceway. "We are committed to bringing the best in motorsports to Northern California and we believe this schedule will have something for everyone."
The millenium season will officially roar to life April 28 with Sonomafest. This 10-day festival will celebrate all elements of motorcycling, from racing on Sears Point's twisting road course to group rides around the scenic Sonoma Valley to area kick-off parties. If it's a classic Norton you're interested in or a modern-day Kawasaki, Sonomafest will be the ticket.
Festivities get under way April 28-30 with the 4th annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days West, which features the country's finest vintage road bikes on Sears Point's 12-turn 2.52-mile road course. Vintage motocross, a huge fan favorite a year ago, will also return with a much bigger spotlight. Center stage will be occupied the following weekend, May 5-7, by the high-speed stars of the AMA Superbikes.
The Chrysler/Jeep Wine Country Classic Vintage Car Races returns May 19-21. A favorite of classic car and wine aficionados alike, this event features some of the world's most exotic vintage automobiles such as Ferrari, Jaguar and Maserati. In addition, the Turn 2 Food and Wine Pavilion will delight your palate with gourmet dishes and some of the best wines form the rich Sonoma Valley. Dan Gurney will be the featured guest.
Following NASCAR, big-time drag racing will return to Sears Point with the NHRA Team Chevrolet/The Fox 101.7 Festival of Fire, June 30 and July 1-2. Federal-Mogul dragsters and funny cars will highlight a field of more than 400 competitors on the world famous quarter-mile drag strip. The weekend will also feature the North Bay's largest fireworks show, plus an old-fashioned country barbecue.
The American Le Mans Series, which debuted at Sears Point in 1999, returns for a second consecutive year, July 21-23, with its high-speed exotic sports cars such as BMW, Panoz, Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette.
The season concludes Aug. 4-6 with the raw speed and power of the NHRA Fram/Autolite Nationals. Top Fuel star Doug Kalitta will attempt to become the first three-peat winner at Sears Point, while Funny Car pilot John Force looks to extend his storied career on the quarter-mile strip.
For ticket information, please call the ticket office at (800) 870-RACE (7223), or you can contact any BASS Ticket Center. You can also purchase tickets through Sears Point's official Web-site at www.searspoint.com. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 1.
Sears Point Raceway is owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc., a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. SMI also owns and operates the following premiere facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. SMI also provides food, beverage and souvenir merchandising services through its Finish Line Events subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.