Nashville Speedway Sets Banquet, 2000 Schedule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 21, 1999) Nashville Speedway USA will honor its five divisional champions from the 1999 NASCAR Winston Racing Series season at the speedway's annual awards banquet on Jan. 22 at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville....

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 21, 1999) Nashville Speedway USA will honor its five divisional champions from the 1999 NASCAR Winston Racing Series season at the speedway's annual awards banquet on Jan. 22 at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. The Wildhorse is a popular dance club in the heart of the city. In addition, the half-mile speedway has released an action filled race schedule for the year 2000.

Joe Buford of Franklin, Tenn., will be honored with his second consecutive NASCAR Late Model Stock Car championship. Gary Wade Finley of Harvest, Ala., will take home his first NASCAR ShorTrack Series Kroger SuperTruck championship.

Michael Mitchell of Hendersonville, Tenn., picks up his first Phillips 66 Street Modified title. Pure Stock driver John Earheart of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Jeff Dillon of Nashville (Busch Legends Cars), will also be honored with their first divisional championships.

Leading off the new millennium is the Sixth Annual NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division 320 on Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series cars and Twin 125-lap main events for NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Stock Cars and Exide ShorTrack Series Nashville SuperTrucks precede the 320 on April 7.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams return to Nashville Speedway USA for the Fifth Annual Federated Auto Parts 250 on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12. NASCAR Late Models and Nashville SuperTrucks compete in Twin 125-lap feature events Friday evening along with Bud Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks.

Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 250 will run under the lights for only the second time in the five years the series has competed at Nashville Speedway. The race takes the green flag at 7 p.m.

Nashville Speedway USA's weekly NASCAR-sanctioned race program consisting of Late Model Stock Cars, Nashville SuperTrucks, Street Modifieds and Pure Stocks gets underway Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. The weekly race program will run Saturday nights from April 15 to Sept. 30 (with the exception of June 10 and 17 - Fan Fair and Sept. 9-16 and 23 - Tennessee State Fair).

The American Speed Association's ACDelco Challenge Series visits Nashville Speedway USA Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21. Nashville's Late Models and SuperTrucks will run 50-lap features in conjunction with the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series 300-lap main on Sunday. Pole qualifying for each division and a 100-lap qualifying race for ASA cars takes place Saturday.

Nashville Speedway's popular Independence Day special, the Sixth Annual Firecracker 250 featuring the exciting Southern All Star Series, NASCAR Late Models and SuperTrucks takes place Monday, July 3 at 7 p.m. A spectacular fireworks extravaganza will light up the Nashville skyline at the conclusion of the race program.

Saturday, July 29 the INCAR Jasper Open Wheel Modifieds make their fourth annual stop at Nashville Speedway USA. A complete NASCAR Weekly Racing Series program is scheduled as well. The Allison Legacy Cars make two visits: Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, Aug. 26. The Seventh Annual Mark Collie Celebrity Race to benefit the Diabetes Foundation is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The Twentieth anniversary of the "Greatest Short Track Race in America," the All-American 400 for the Slim Jim All Pro Series, NASCAR Touring will close out the 2000 season on Nov. 5. Twin 125-lap features for Late Models and Nashville SuperTrucks plus a Last Chance All Pro race takes place Saturday, Nov. 4. The All-American 400 takes the green flag Sunday at 1 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying is set for Friday, Nov. 3.

For additional information and to obtain a copy of the 2000 race schedule, contact Nashville Speedway's main office by calling (615) 726-1818 or visit the speedway's Web site at www.nashvillespeedway.com.

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