Michael Waltrip at Motorsports 2003 Show

Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip at Motorsports 2003. FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 30, 2002 . . . Michael Waltrip, winner of the 2001 Daytona 500 will visit with fans and sign autographs at Motorsports 2003, the fan & racer motorsports ...

Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip at Motorsports 2003.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 30, 2002 . . . Michael Waltrip, winner of the 2001 Daytona 500 will visit with fans and sign autographs at Motorsports 2003, the fan & racer motorsports extravaganza, taking place at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, January 10th thru 12th, 2003.

This will be the 18th annual edition of the popular show that offers just about everything motorsports and covers more than 275,000 square feet of show space. Waltrip, also a past winner of the rich non-point event The Winston (considered the All Star race of Winston Cup), will join a large number of outstanding stars from many different segments of motorsports.

Waltrip, younger brother of three time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, is one of the more popular racers on the Winston Cup circuit He is well known for his humorous NAPA Auto Parts TV commercials and his Inside Winston Cup TV show, will be back driving the NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt Inc.

The 39-year-old won the Daytona 500 in the same year that his car owner, the legendary Dale Earnhardt was fatally injured in a final lap accident in the same race. The win was the first official career victory for the veteran racer in Winston Cup competition.

Waltrip will chat with fans and sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday night, opening night (January 10th) at the show.

"Realistically, I think this team (NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Chevy) can look for a top-10, top-five finish and we'll be looking to get a couple more victories," Waltrip recently told ESPN.com. Fans will have the opportunity to ask him about the strong Winston Cup season he has planned.

In addition NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series competitor Tony Raines has informed show officials that he will be on hand to sign autographs as part of the Tommy Gale/Haulmark Trailer display area from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Donnie Allison, one of the all time great drivers in NASCAR Winston Cup history, will be part of the Motorsports Saturday Night Heroes special autograph session. This session, featuring Allison (part of the famous Hueytown, Alabama Allison family), will have several motorsports legends signing special show collector hero cards at the Area Auto Racing News display area.

And for World of Outlaw sprint car fans Weikel Racewear will have driver Johnny Herrera at the show chatting with fans at their display and signing autographs. Herrera's car owner, Billy Wilburn (crew chief for Rusty Wallace's Winston Cup Dodge, will also be on hand at the booth. Both will be appearing on Saturday, January 11th.

Already announced as appearing at the show are:
Kenny Schrader, NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Kenny Wallace, NASCAR Winston and Busch Series racer, Dave Blaney, NASCAR Winston Cup driver and former World of Outlaws sprint car champion, Rusty Wallace, 1989 Winston Cup champion, Mark Green, NASCAR Busch Series driver, Kerry Earnhardt, oldest son of the late Dale Earnhardt, now racing in Busch Series and planning some Winston Cup events.

In addition show attendees will be able to see more than 150 different motorsports vehicles on display including Frank Kimmel's ARCA Championship car, Tracy Gordon's Red-Line Oil sponsored American Speed Association race car, the Pepsi sponsored car driven by Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Budweiser car, a Red Bull sponsored Indy Racing League car, Bobby Labonte's ride at the last Dover Speedway Winston Cup race plus many others. There will be a large number of sprint and modified race cars from area speedways on display.

There will be more than 600 exhibit booths in operation showing off just about anything anyone could imagine in motorsports.

A number of seminars and Motorsports Garage demonstrations will be presented during the three day show along with the annual U.S.Tobacco Ms. Motorsports Contest and the Kid's Big Wheel battle.

Comcast, the media sponsor of Motorsports 2003, will have a huge display featuring sprint cars, a Deka Battery sponsored Busch Series entry, a helicopter simulator, and much more. There will be many giveaways to go with the Race against Drugs theme at the display. Fans will have the opportunity to actually change tires on a Winston Cup style race car in the Motorsports Garage area.

The three day show, set for January 10th through January 12th, at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center will see the doors open at 1 p.m. on opening day. There is ample free parking and shuttles from parking areas to the show.

Admission is just $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for children, 6 thru 12. Under 6 are admitted free. There are three day passes for adults priced at $25.00. For show information telephone 609.888.3618 or visit their website at www.aarn.com.

-ernie saxton-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kenny Wallace , Tony Raines , Frank Kimmel , Mark Green , Kerry Earnhardt , Donnie Allison , Dave Blaney , Johnny Herrera