BUSCH: 1998 Daytona 500 ticket drawing

1998 Daytona 500 Ticket Orders To Be Awarded By Drawing DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6) -- The Daytona 500 is unarguably one of the toughest tickets in sports. However, the procedure for buying tickets to the "world's greatest race" has now...

1998 Daytona 500 Ticket Orders To Be Awarded By Drawing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 6) -- The Daytona 500 is unarguably one of the toughest tickets in sports. However, the procedure for buying tickets to the "world's greatest race" has now become simpler with the introduction of a random drawing for tickets to the race with the largest audience in motorsports.

All Daytona 500 grandstand tickets are renewable, therefore, few seats each year are available for purchase. Historically, unrenewed tickets have gone on sale the first business day of each new year. In 1996, more than 100,000 phone calls were attempted to the Speedway ticket office on the first day of sales, leaving many fans frustrated without the opportunity to purchase tickets.

Therefore, for the 1998 Daytona 500, to be eligible to purchase tickets, interested parties must send a postcard to the Speedway ticket office listing name, address, daytime telephone number and number of tickets desired (maximum of four).

The postcards will be limited to one per customer, and must be postmarked no earlier than Dec. 1, 1996, and no later than Dec. 31, '96. A random drawing from all cards received will be held in January '97 to determine who will have the option to purchase tickets for the '98 Daytona 500. Those whose cards were selected will receive an invoice for their '98 Daytona 500 tickets, some of which may be part of a two-race package with the Daytona 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.

"We believe this is the most equitable way to serve our customers who would like to purchase Daytona 500 tickets," said Daytona International Speedway President John Graham. "We hope this will ease the frustration of trying to get through to the ticket office on what, in the past, has been an extremely hectic day."

Infield tickets for the 1997 Daytona 500 will be available at the gate beginning Feb. 13. Infield Reserved RV Packages for Speedweeks '97, and tickets to other Speedway events are available now by calling (904) 253-RACE (7223).

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Graham