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MARCH RACE WEEK TO FEATURE RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE RIDE-ALONGS ON WORLD'S FASTEST HALF-MILE BRISTOL, Tenn. (Monday, February 19, 2007) - Fans now have the opportunity to participate in the Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along program during Bristol Motor Speedway's March race week.

While NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow will take to the track for the Husqvarna Pole Day, March 23, followed by the Sharpie Mini 300 Busch Series race on Saturday evening and culminating with the sold-out Food City 500 on Sunday, fans also will have the chance to tour the concrete oval as part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Alongs will be available on two days, Thursday, Mar. 22 and Friday, Mar. 23. Participants will be outfitted in a fire suit before taking to the track where they'll get to ride around NASCAR's most popular track for three laps.

A portion of the proceeds from the Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Alongs will benefit the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Ride-Alongs, should pre-register at 1-800-BE-PETTY. Participants must be 14 years of age or stand at least four feet tall and weigh 80 pounds. There are a limited number of rides available so anyone interested in participating should register promptly.

Cost of the rides is $149 per person. Rides will take place on Mar. 22 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. and on Friday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, participants will be given a credit that may be used at any Richard Petty Driving Experience event for up to one year.

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