IRL: Ghoulish pole day at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 10, 2000) - Tis the season for monsters, tricks, treats, and yes - candy! Texas Motor Speedway invites all kids to enjoy the Halloween season at The Dallas Morning News Pole Day on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the speedway.

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 10, 2000) - Tis the season for monsters, tricks, treats, and yes - candy! Texas Motor Speedway invites all kids to enjoy the Halloween season at The Dallas Morning News Pole Day on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the speedway. Children are encouraged to come to the speedway in costume for lots of fun, excitement and prizes.

"Saturday will be a great opportunity for families to come out to Texas Motor Speedway and see the Indy cars practice and qualify for the Excite 500 as well as let the kids have some fun," speedway general manager Eddie Gossage said. "Thanks to the generosity of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, kids will get to trick-or-treat their favorite driver in the garage area."

Children are encouraged to stop by The Dallas Morning News booth at the speedway and pick up trick-or-treat bags and then visit the all-access driver autograph session at 4:45 p.m. in the garage area. Drivers will be handing out candy to the kids, but watch out! Monsters may be lurking there as well with a few tricks of their own. Special coupons to a local haunted house will be handed out and prizes given for the best costumes. In addition, the speedway's official country radio station, KSCS-FM (96.3), will provide music during the autograph session.

Admission to The Dallas Morning News Pole Day on Saturday is free with a special coupon clipped from the newspaper or $10 at the gate. Tickets are available for the Excite 500 weekend by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visiting the Texas Motor Speedway website at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

SPOOKY INDY CARS - The Saturday autograph session will give fans the chance to see a couple of spooky cars up close.

Al Unser, Jr., who last month announced a die cast car deal with Action Performance, will be driving the special Dracula car in the Excite 500. The hand-painted car, part of the "Monsters of the Speedway" collection, sports the image of the well-known horror character made famous by the Universal Studios 1931 release.

Fellow Indy driver Billy Boat will also be getting in the spirit of the season in a specially painted "pumpkin orange" car. In addition to the seasonal color, the car will be decked out with spooky sentiments and images such as "Boo," "Happy Halloween," ghosts and black cats.

MONSTER TRUCKS ATTACK - Fans will witness the "Attack of the Monster Truck" as part of The Dallas Morning News Pole Day on Saturday, Oct. 14. Monster Patrol, one on the top monster trucks in the country, will put on a 30-minute car-crushing exhibition for fans from 3:15-3:45 p.m. Monster Patrol will return on Sunday to repeat the feat from 11:45 a.m. - noon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat , Al Unser Sr.