CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2000) Santa Claus had made his list and had checked it twice, but Friday the jolly old man in the red suit sat at his North Pole computer terminal making major revisions after learning prime seat tickets for the 2001 editions of the Coca-Cola 600, the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 and The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway go on sale Monday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. ET.

"These are some of the most sought-after tickets in all NASCAR racing and will make perfect gifts for Johnny, Jimmy, Susie, Sally," exclaimed Santa, who was disguised as LMS president and general manager H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, while revising his list. "But with a limited number of these prime seats available, I must be ready to act quickly Monday in order to bring cheer and joy on Christmas morning."

Any tickets for the May races at Lowe's Motor Speedway that were not picked up by the track's automatic renewal customers will be released Monday morning at 9.

"This is traditionally one of the busiest days at our ticket office, so we encourage fans to call or visit the Web site early so they can get the best seats before Santa Claus beats them to the punch," Wheeler said.

Tickets for the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in the Ford and Chrysler Grandstands on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile quad-oval begin at $57 while tickets in the same grandstands for The Winston, NASCAR's annual all-star event, and the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Saturday night, May 19, start at $54.

Frontstretch tickets for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race on Saturday, May 26, begin at $28.

Tickets for all 2001 events at Lowe's Motor Speedway can be obtained by calling (800) 455-FANS or online at www.gospeedway.com. -nascar.com-