Race fans planning to attend the 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway April 25-27 should also reserve their spots for the 23rd Annual Race Fever Night, a barbecue dinner and auction fundraiser for Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind set for April 25 at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The event sells out 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.
“Every year we are amazed by the continuous growth of this event and humbled by the overwhelming support of it by race fans and the motorsports community,” said Jessica Parker, AIDB Assistant Director of Annual Giving. “Everything is coming together wonderfully for our 23rd production of Race Fever Night this coming spring. We encourage all who are interested in participating – whether it be by attending or through a sponsorship – to come on board now to be a part of next year’s event as it takes shape. We have already received a lot of great donations from teams for the live and silent auctions, so NASCAR fans should come prepared to find some awesome items up for grabs.”
Race Fever began in 1986, when former NASCAR Chairman, the late 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 Schoolfor the Deaf and raised $12,000. In contrast, last year’s event raised approximately $204,000. Through continued coordination between the racing community, AIDB and Talladega Superspeedway, Race Fever has grown steadily to raise well in excess of $2.4 million for AIDB Foundation, the designated charity of Talladega Superspeedway.
Race Fever 2007 was held on Friday, April 27, and produced a live auction bid of $11,000 for a “Golden Fiddle” donated by country music legend Charlie Daniels. 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. Parker said she 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 and NASCAR legends also appeared at the actual event, including Bobby Allison, AJ Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Robby Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Paul Menard, Joe Nemechek, Kyle Petty, Reed Sorenson, Brian Vickers and Jon Wood. On hand to host the event were three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip, media personality Matt Yocum and former Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith.
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. Call (256) 761-3317 or log onto www.racefever.org to learn more.
Race Fever Night 2008 is one of many elements to the exciting race weekend Talladega Superspeedway has in store for fans this spring. The 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday, April 25, The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, April 26 and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 27.
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 in the general admission grandstands with a ticketed adult. For news and other information on Talladega Superspeedway, be sure to check out the track’s website at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.