Its a Dog’s Day During the Dollar General 300

       CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2010) – She may not be able to wave the green
flag or give the command “Gentleman, Start your Engines,” but a 13-year-old
Labrador retriever named Sunshine will serve as the honorary grand marshal
for the Dollar General 300 on Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
       Sunshine earned the distinction by winning the ALPO Honorary Grand
Marshal contest, conducted by Performance Racing Network. To win the
contest, which included a trip for two to the Dollar General 300, Sunshine’s
owner, Christy Bradburn, of Massanutten, Va., submitted a short essay
written from Sunshine’s point of view describing her favorite “real dog”
behavior and why it’s time to let dogs be dogs again.
       “Sunshine is like any real dog in that she has a common sense
approach to life and enjoys simple pleasures like rolling in mud, swimming
in the pond and barking at the mailman,” said Bradburn. In her winning essay
Bradburn wrote about Sunshine’s “reckless abandon” and spirit of adventure.
       Bradburn learned about the ALPO Honorary Grand Marshal contest when
her husband Brian Koerner heard about it on PRN. She entered for two
reasons.
       “I’ll take advantage of any opportunity to talk about my dog,”
Bradburn said. “And I’ve always wanted to go to a NASCAR race. I’ve never
been to one. It’s been on my bucket list.”
       Bradburn and her husband admittedly spoil Sunshine, but life didn’t
start out so easy for the contest-winning pooch.
       “I got her from a pound when she was a year old,” said Bradburn.
“She was brought in as a cruelty case. I was so surprised though, because
she was never timid or fearful. She was a happy-go-lucky hyper dog from the
get go.”
       When it comes to NASCAR, Bradburn says that she considers herself a
casual fan. She doesn’t have a favorite driver, while her husband admits
that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Tony Stewart is his favorite. Regardless
of who they root for, they are both very excited about their trip to
Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will include garage passes, suite access,
and a ride in a pace car.
       “I’m most looking forward to the pace car ride,” Bradburn said.
“That’s something I never thought I’d be able to do and it’s so cool that
Sunshine gets to participate in it too.”
       Though Sunshine and her owners are not sure what to expect during
the Dollar General 300, the dog does have an advantage over the humans when
it comes to fitting in with the sometimes rowdy race crowd: she was named
after a beer.
       “I’m embarrassed to admit this but she’s named after Sunshine Wheat.
It’s a beer that my husband and I like,” said Bradburn.
       Representatives from the ALPO brand will also be in attendance with
Sunshine and her owners at the Dollar General 300. This is the first year
for the ALPO Honorary Grand Marshal Contest, which celebrates the ALPO “real
dog” movement.
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or
become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

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Dollar General 300 Tickets Available for Just $7 with Danica Deal on Oct. 7

       CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2010) – To mark Danica Patrick’s return to
Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans will get a one-day-only opportunity to
purchase tickets at a significantly reduced price to the Dollar General 300
NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Oct. 15, in which she will compete.
       Through the Danica Deal at Charlotte Motor Speedway, fans can
purchase Dollar General 300 tickets for only $7 on Thursday, Oct. 7. Patrick
will drive the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series race on
Oct. 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Only 700 tickets will be available at this special price, so fans are
encouraged to call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online early on Oct. 7 to
receive the discount.
       In addition, fans who have already purchased tickets to the Bank of
America 500 on Oct. 16 can get the special $7 Danica Deal Dollar General 300
pricing during a one-day pre-sale on Oct. 6. Fans with Bank of America 500
tickets should call the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) to receive
the Danica Deal discount.
       Indy Racing League driver Patrick has been in the NASCAR spotlight
this season as she competes in select Nationwide Series events for team
owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., including the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte
Motor Speedway during Bank of America 500 Week.
       Patrick began racing go-karts at age 10 and she won several World
Karting Association regional and national championships over a seven-year
period. While the Dollar General 300 will be her first appearance on the
1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, she raced karts at the track
during the very early stages of her career.
       “I remember going down the back straightaway where Turns 3 and 4 are
on the main track and pretending I was racing cars out there on the track,”
Patrick said. “I took a ride there in a two-seat race car with the Petty
Driving Experience where you pay money and get to ride in the passenger’s
seat. I also remember walking the track one time and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh,
the banking is so steep you can barely walk on it.’ So I have a lot of
memories from Charlotte. That includes everything from visiting a slot car
track where we would hang out as kids to the (North Carolina) red clay.”
       Patrick and the other 42 Dollar General 300 competitors will battle
under the lights Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will be
the final 2010 “preview” race for the new-generation Nationwide Series race
car. The new cars more closely resemble the street versions of the four
competing models and will be fully implemented for the 2011 season.
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or
become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.