Watkins Glen announces Festival of Speed and Sound

Watkins Glen, NY ( April 24, 2000 ) - The mystery is finally over. Watkins Glen International announced that the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies will be the headline entertainment for this year's Festival of Speed & Sound weekend, June 23-25. The...

Watkins Glen, NY ( April 24, 2000 ) - The mystery is finally over. Watkins Glen International announced that the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies will be the headline entertainment for this year's Festival of Speed & Sound weekend, June 23-25. The Wheelies will bring their southern rock and blues style to The Glen for a Saturday evening performance following the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on June 24. Mike Farris, frontman for the group, will be performing for the second time at Watkins Glen. Farris wowed the crowd in August last year when he performed the national anthem for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. The Nashville-based Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies have become a southern rock staple, scoring a Top 10 hit on Rock radio with "Boogie King," the first single and video off of their third album, Big Wheel. In addition to Farris, the band also includes bassist Steve Burgess, drummer Terry Thomas and guitarists Rick White and Bob Watkins. In addition to the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 and Saturday's Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies performance, the June 23-25 Festival of Speed & Sound weekend will feature Sunday's Lysol 200, the only stop at a road course for the NASCAR Busch Series. Ron Fellows, last year's winner of the Bully Hill Vineyards 150, will try again to sweep both races. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., passed Fellows on the last lap in the Lysol 200 to capture The Empire Cup and his first road course win. "I had a great time at Watkins Glen last year," said Fellows. "We really feel like we stand a good chance to win both the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 and the Lysol 200. That is definitely our goal heading into the weekend. I just love racing at Watkins Glen. It's an excellent track and great facility." Early favorite for the NASCAR Busch Series Championship, Todd Bodine from Chemung, NY, will be standing in Ron Fellows' way to a Busch Series win. Bodine, currently second in the Busch Series points standings, will be driving the Cicci-Welliver owned Phillips 66 Chevrolet and will certainly be a favorite to win. New for the Festival of Speed & Sound weekend is the Pit Access Credential. The Pit Access Credential will allow fans access to the pits at designated times throughout the weekend, including first round European-Style qualifying for the Lysol 200 and the Bully Hill Vineyards 150. "The response to the new Pit Access Credential has been phenomenal," said Roger Curtis, General Manager, Marketing & Sales. "These special NASCAR credentials have never been available to the public before and obviously fans are very excited to have the opportunity to see the stars of NASCAR up close." Pit Access Credentials will be limited to the first 1,000 guests for the Festival of Speed & Sound Lysol 200 / Bully Hill Vineyards 150 weekend. NASCAR regulations limit access to those 18 years of age or older and dress codes will be enforced. Reserved seating with Jumbo Tron viewing is still available. For ticket, reserved camping, or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log onto the official Watkins Glen Website at www.theglen.com .

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Todd Bodine , Ron Fellows