Judging Panel, Auction List Grow For AWF Wild Game Cook-Off & Silent Auction


Hunt With Dave Marcis & Daytona Pepsi 400 Package Added To Auction

Cook teams are fine-tuning their recipes and grills for the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off & Silent Auction at Talladega Superspeedway set for Saturday, Feb. 10, and several personalities have committed to serve as judges for the competition.

The Birmingham News Outdoors Columnist Mike Bolton and WTDR 92.7 FM "The Jim & Rufus T Morning Crew" co-host Rufus T. Raspberry will join Alabama Wildlife Federation Executive Director Tim Gothard, Talladega Superspeedway President Grant Lynch and others to taste each of the wild game recipes offered up by approximately 30 cook teams. Then, the expert panel will make the difficult decision about who will leave with the prizes and perhaps more importantly, backyard barbecue bragging rights.

Meanwhile, the auction list continues to grow, further enticing outdoors and motorsports enthusiasts looking for prime opportunities to grab great memorabilia, gear and experiences. Former driver Davis Marcis, who holds the Talladega Superspeedway record for most competitive miles (25,998.8), has agreed to join a winning bidder for a half-day turkey hunt at Steed Farm, a private, family-owned farm in Lincoln, Ala. In addition, Daytona International Speedway donated a pair of tickets to this summer's Pepsi 400, along with two passes to track's Fan Zone, which enables fans to witness first-hand as teams and drivers prepare for the race.

In addition to the opportunity to bid on these and other one-of-a-kind auction items, all ticket holders attending the event will be eligible for spectacular door prizes, such as a Talladega Superspeedway Sunoco flag autographed by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers, an autographed hat by Tony Stewart, a Talladega Superspeedway aerial panorama photograph, a Talladega Superspeedway and Sunmount Corporation hard hat autographed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a quail hunting trip with Lynch.
As an additional fundraiser for the AWF, ticket holders may also purchase a ride around the newly-paved 2.66-mile tri-oval race track. Rides will be sold for $25 each to the first 150 cook-off ticket holders who purchase them in advance.

Gates for the event will open at 2 p.m. and the cook-off starts at 4:30 p.m. Spectators will be invited to sample the wild game dishes from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. when awards will be presented to the cook-off teams. The event is expected to conclude at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available for the cook-off and are $40 per person or $50 per couple prior to the event. To purchase tickets and pre-order rides around the track, call Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-9453.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the AWF, Alabama's oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization. The AWF was established in 1935 by sportsmen to promote the conservation and wise use of our wildlife and natural resources and to ensure a high quality of life for future generations of Alabamians. The organization hosts several wild-game cook-offs throughout the state, but this event is its largest each year. For more information on Alabama Wildlife Federation, visit www.alabamawildlife.org.

Talladega Superspeedway will host its first races of the 2007 NASCAR season during the Aaron's Dream Weekend, featuring the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series and Aaron's 499 NEXTEL Cup Series races. Friday, April 27 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series. Saturday, April 28 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Then on Sunday, April 29, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will compete in the Aaron's 499, the ninth race of the season. Kids age 11 and younger are

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