Cup driver Waltrip to race at Lanier

Waltrip to join Harvick, Spencer, and Earnhardt at Lanier National Speedway Braselton, Ga. (October 5, 2003) - Lanier National Speedway officials revealed Saturday night that Michael Waltrip is the fourth and final NASCAR Winston Cup driver who...

Waltrip to join Harvick, Spencer, and Earnhardt at Lanier National Speedway

Braselton, Ga. (October 5, 2003) - Lanier National Speedway officials revealed Saturday night that Michael Waltrip is the fourth and final NASCAR Winston Cup driver who has agreed to participate in the October 25 event billed as "Driven to Rock" at the north Georgia oval.

Waltrip will compete against Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Spencer, and Kerry Earnhardt in a 20-lap Late Model race on the .375-mile layout. The foursome will also sign autographs for 90 minutes and participate in a question-and-answer session.

A two-time Daytona 500 champion, Waltrip made history at Talladega Superspeedway on September 28 by becoming the first Winston Cup driver to win in a car equipped with a roof escape hatch. In fact, he became the first driver to compete in a car equipped with the device in stock car racing's top circuit.

In typical Waltrip fashion, the driver of the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet popped out of his car through the roof to celebrate his victory in the EA Sports 500 in front of the massive crowd.

Harvick claimed the biggest victory of his career in August by winning the 10th annual Brickyard 400. He gave car owner Richard Childress his second win in the prestigious race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Spencer made history in September after winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Loudon, NH. With the victory, he joined a select company of drivers who have recorded career wins in the elite Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series.

Earnhardt is best known as the son of the late seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. Kerry has run a partial Busch Series schedule in 2003 and has attempted to qualify for three Winston Cup events this year.

Waltrip, Harvick, and Spencer will be likely entries in the October 25 Busch Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. All four drivers will be flown to Lanier immediately following the Aaron's 312.

"We figure there is an excellent chance when we introduce these drivers that night that one of them will be introduced as 'winner of today's Busch Series race in Atlanta,' " Lanier National Speedway General Manager Stan Narrison said.

Driven to Rock at Lanier will also feature a 100-lap Pro Truck race and a 30-lap Sportsman feature.

Lanier National Speedway is located just minutes northeast of Atlanta at exit 129 on Interstate 85. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the speedway. Call 770-967-8600 or visit www.lanierspeedway.com for additional information.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Waltrip , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick