FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 31, 2001) - Fans will once again be able to get free tickets for the Sept. 14 Dallas Morning News Pole Day at Texas Motor Speedway. Qualifying for both the Indy Racing Northern Light Series Chevy 500 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350 will take place that day.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 9 and each day through Friday, Sept. 14, fans will find a coupon in the Sports Day section of The Dallas Morning News that can be clipped and redeemed for two free tickets.

"Once again we have been able to partner with a sponsor to offer our fans free pole day tickets," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "We are fortunate to have great sponsors like The Dallas Morning News who work with us to provide this great perk to the race fans."

Both series will practice throughout the day with qualifying for the Silverado 350 at 3:30 p.m. followed by Chevy 500 qualifying at 4:45 p.m. Immediately following Chevy 500 qualifying, there will be an Indy driver autograph session in the Indy garage located in the infield. All fans will be allowed access to the infield following Chevy 500 qualifying through the Barr Tunnel, located at the bottom of the Section 126 grandstands.

IT'S THE PITS - Race fans will be able to get a close-up view of pre-race action in the infield with VIP Pit Passes. The passes allow spectators access to the infield and pit road up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. The pit passes are available for $55 and must be accompanied by an admission ticket for that day's event. Each person must be 18 years of age, pick up their own pass and sign a liability waiver. VIP Pit Passes are now available at the speedway ticket office and will be sold on race days at Gate 7. For more information, please call (817) 215-8500.

CHEVY 500 ROAD TRIP READY TO ROLL - Al Unser, Jr. of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, David Starr, driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and motorcycle daredevil Kaptain Robbie Knievel are preparing to hit the road together to meet racing fans everywhere during the Chevy 500 Road Trip Sept. 4-7.

Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage and Nate Love, regional marketing manager for Chevrolet Car, are also part of the caravan as it makes stops at Chevrolet dealerships in seven cities to promote the Sept. 15 Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the Sept. 16 Chevy 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series event at Texas Motor Speedway.

The Chevy 500 Road Trip will make stops in: Abilene and Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Sept. 4; Corpus Christi and Austin on Wednesday, Sept. 5; New Orleans and Houston on Thursday, Sept. 6; and finally, Dallas on Friday, Sept. 7. Each stop is slated to go three hours, with morning dealership visits scheduled from 9:00 a.m.-Noon and afternoon sessions from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

The pace will be non-stop for the Chevy 500 Road Trip participants as they trek around the Southwest. Each participating dealership, in conjunction with radio partners, have been inviting fans to come to the dealership to welcome the Road Trip. After arriving at each stop, the group will talk about their careers as well as the Chevy 500 race week activities. They will also take time to meet and greet the fans who come to the event.

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