For fans interested in taking a ride with their favorite NASCAR star during pre-race introductions for the Food City 500 on March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway, there are only a few days left to bid in the "Ride of a Lifetime" online auction courtesy of Chevrolet and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The auction, which takes place on the Speedway's web site, concludes on Friday, March 19. The auction allows fans to bid for a ride with one of 15 NASCAR superstars prior to the start of the sold-out Food City 500. Winning bidders will climb into the bed of a Chevrolet pickup truck with their driver and make one lap around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

In addition to the ride of a lifetime, winning bidders will have the opportunity to purchase two tickets to the Food City 500.

Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte and Kyle Petty make up the list of drivers on the auction block.

For the first time, winner bidders will get even more for their money as more incentives have been added to the Ride of a Lifetime Experience. Winning bidders who bid $5,000 will earn an on-property parking pass, bidders who reach $7,500 will receive two hot pit passes, a $10,000 bid gets the winner two club suite seats and $15,000 will get the winner into the driver's meeting.

Participants bidding in the online auction must be at least 18 years of age. Although two Food City 500 tickets may be purchased by the high bidder, only ONE person may ride with a driver.

The winning bidder may elect to give up his or her ride to a family member or friend. This will be permitted with the stipulation that the person riding is at least 12 years old. Fans wishing to participate but lack Internet access may do so by mailing bids to:

"Ride of a Lifetime" Auction
Bristol Motor Speedway
P.O. Box 3966
Bristol, TN, 37625

Payment for winning auctions must be received in full by Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Payment methods available include cashier's check, money order, VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Winning bidders will receive a full refund, with the exception of ticket cost, in the event of inclement weather and cancellation of driver introductions.

For more information on the auction, please contact Barbara Kaiser by calling 423/989-6975 or via email at