IRL: Nazareth Speedway weekend recap

Nazareth Speedway hosts successful Firestone Indy 225. Nazareth, PA (April 22, 2002) - Nazareth Speedway and the Indy Racing League kicked off their relationship by putting on a great show at yesterday's inaugural Firestone Indy 225, and the...

Nazareth Speedway hosts successful Firestone Indy 225.

Nazareth, PA (April 22, 2002) - Nazareth Speedway and the Indy Racing League kicked off their relationship by putting on a great show at yesterday's inaugural Firestone Indy 225, and the fans of the Lehigh Valley proved to be extremely enthusiastic and supportive of the event and activities.

"This event is a great launch for the IRL at Nazareth Speedway, and we couldn't be more pleased with the support we received from the fans," said Nazareth Speedway President Craig Rust. "Our expectations for this weekend were exceeded both on and off the track."

Despite temperatures prior to the start of the race which were in the upper 40-degree range and accompanied by a light rain, the crowd for the 2002 inaugural Firestone Indy 225 was comparable to that of the 2001 Lehigh Valley Grand Prix.

Nazareth Speedway experienced the largest walk-up crowd in the history of open-wheel racing at the historic speedway, which dates back to 1987, despite the inclement weather. Fans braved the elements to witness an exciting race, which saw Scott Sharp pass Gil de Ferran in the final turn of the final lap to capture the checkered flag and earn his first victory of the season.

Next, Nazareth Speedway hosts NASCAR racing, with the NASCAR Busch Series taking center stage on Sunday, May 19, 2002 in the Stacker 2 "200" as the highlight of the weekend's activities. Watch such Busch Series notables such as Kenny Wallace, Hank Parker, Jr., Greg Biffle and Randy LaJoie as they battle for Nazareth bragging rights. The NASCAR Busch North Series will compete in Saturday's Burnham Boilers 100 and following Sunday's Busch Series feature, the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series competes in the Service Electric 100.

Tickets for the 2002 Stacker 2 "200" weekend, are now available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Nazareth Speedway ticket office at 1-888-629-RACE(7223) or log on to the official Nazareth Speedway Web site at www.nazarethspeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar , USAC
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran