BUSCH: FMS: Nazareth's Bethlehem RaceFest

Racin' in the streets of Bethlehem Nazareth, PA (May 7, 2003) - The City of Bethlehem and Nazareth Speedway have joined forces to host the first ever Bethlehem RaceFest on Friday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem City Hall...

Racin' in the streets of Bethlehem

Nazareth, PA (May 7, 2003) - The City of Bethlehem and Nazareth Speedway have joined forces to host the first ever Bethlehem RaceFest on Friday, May 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bethlehem City Hall on East Church Street. The event is being held as a precursor for the great racing action scheduled at Nazareth Speedway May 17-18, with the NASCAR Busch Series taking center stage in the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 and the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series battling it out for the Serivce Electric 100 title.

"We are very excited that the City of Bethlehem is hosting this event as a kickoff to our NASCAR weekend," said track President Craig Rust. "Building momentum in the marketplace prior to the race weekends is a very important component in our business and this event does exactly that."

Bethlehem RaceFest will feature show cars from both the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series, along with autograph sessions for several drivers, including Featherlite Modified drivers Eric Beers, Jamie Tomano, Jimmy Brodrick. NASCAR Busch Series drivers are also expected to participate in the event's autograph session, scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

"Events at Nazareth Speedway create significant tourism activity in the City of Bethlehem," said City of Bethlehem Mayor James Delgrosso. "Race fans stay in our hotels, enjoy dining in our restaurants and do lots of shopping on both sides of the river. The City of Bethlehem is happy to support RaceFest in celebration of Nazareth Speedway's contribution as a major Lehigh Valley attraction."

Among the other sights at RaceFest will be a NASCAR Busch Series team hauler and the official 2004 Nazareth Speedway Pontiac Grand Prix Pace Car. Fans will also get a preview of the Indy cars heading to Nazareth in August for the Firestone Indy 225 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event, with the appearance of Robby Buhl's No. 24 Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car. The event is rounded out with a coloring contest, sponsored by the City of Bethlehem, a raffle for hospitality tickets to the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200 and plenty of food vendors to satisfy your appetite!

The race season begins at Nazareth Speedway on May 17-18, 2003 with the return of the NASCAR Busch Series to the Lehigh Valley for the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200. Jason Keller will return to defend his title against some of the most talented drivers on the circuit, including Randy LaJoie, Scott Riggs, Scott Wimmer, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt. And don't miss all the action of the Service Electric 100, as Nevin George, Tony Hirschman and Ted Christopher renew their battle for NASCAR Featherlite Modified title. For more information, please visit www.nazarethspeedway.com or call 1-888-629-RACE (7223).

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Series NASCAR , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Keller , Scott Riggs , Scott Wimmer , Nevin George , Ted Christopher , Eric Beers , Robby Buhl