Make Reservations For Race Fever 2007
Race fans planning to attend the 2007 Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway April 27-29 should also reserve their spots for the 22nd Annual Race Fever Night, a barbecue dinner and auction fundraiser for Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind set for April 27 at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The event seems to sell out sooner each year, so track officials urge everyone to purchase a ticket now or risk missing out on the opportunity to enjoy a delicious barbecue meal and the opportunity to meet their favorite NASCAR drivers as well as to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items and experiences.
Tickets are only $60 per person, and include admission to the event, an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast, the chance to meet dozens of NASCAR drivers, and an opportunity to bid on remarkable race memorabilia, vacation packages and other items donated by businesses and friends of AIDB. Gathering a group of friends to come along provides an opportunity to save, as a complete table for 8 is only $450. Event tickets and sponsorships are available online at www.racefever.org.
Race Fever began in 1986, when former NASCAR Chairman Bill France, Jr. organized the first event to benefit children and adults served by AIDB. That first event was held on the football field at the Alabama School for the Deaf and raised $12,000. In contrast, last year's event raised approximately $203,000. Through continued coordination between the racing community, AIDB and Talladega Superspeedway, Race Fever has grown steadily to raise well in excess of $2.2 million for AIDB Foundation, the designated charity of Talladega Superspeedway.
Race Fever 2006 was held on Friday, April 28, and produced a live auction total of $50,000 - which is approximately $12,500 more than the live auction total the year prior. The silent auction also saw an increase of $3,000 in 2006, raising a total of $24,000. One of the highest bids during the 2006 event was posted by three-time champion and television commentator Darrell Waltrip, who bought a guitar autographed by the country music group Alabama. Also among big ticket items was the opportunity to participate in pre-race driver introductions, during which the winning bidders shook hands with drivers competing in the Aaron's 499 on Sunday of race weekend. Nolen said he was very impressed by the large number of honorary pit crew positions and driver meet & greet sessions that were donated by teams to benefit the cause.
Several drivers also appeared at the actual event, including Stanton Barrett, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Stacy Compton, Aaron Fike, Denny Hamlin, David Green, Jeff Green, Janet Guthrie, Dale Jarrett, Joel Kaufmann, Guy Kelly, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Paul Menard, Danny O'Quinn, Kyle Petty, Tony Raines, Johnny Sauter, Tim Sauter, Regan Smith, Martin Truex Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Chris Wimmer, Scott Wimmer and J.J. Yeley.
Race Fever Night 2007 is one of many elements to the exciting race weekend Talladega Superspeedway has in store for fans this spring. The 2007 Aaron's Dream Weekend will feature NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series on Friday, April 27, The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, April 28 and the Aaron's 499 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, April 29.
To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of
charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekend. For news and other information on Talladega Superspeedway, check out the track's web site at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
Race Fever is the largest source of unrestricted funds for the AIDB Foundation. Through the five campuses and nine regional centers throughout Alabama, AIDB serves more than 12,500 children and adults who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled in all 67 counties of Alabama. To learn more about Race Fever Night to benefit AIDB Foundation, log onto www.racefever.org, or call (256) 761-3317.