Ford Fan Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway

(BMS) -- BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009) – The biggest Spring weekend in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off with Ford Fan Friday March 20 and Ford, the official vehicle of the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, is making certain fans are able watch it all at little, or no, cost.

Ford is making tickets available to the general public on Ford Fan Friday, which features practice for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide cars, as well as qualifying for the Food City 500, for only $5. And, if spectators bring a specially marked Pepsi can to the gate that day, they will receive free entry.

Pepsi, the official soft drink of BMS, will have a total of three million cans in circulation boasting the special offer.

Ford also is offering fans the opportunity to take hot laps at Bristol Motor Speedway with Ford drivers, including Carl Edward and Greg Biffle. Fans can visit their local Ford dealers between Feb. 16 and March 12 to test drive a Ford and they will receive two tickets to Ford Fan Friday March 20. At that time, they also can register to be one of three winners who will get to cruise the half-mile oval at BMS in a two-seater race car with Ford drivers.

One grand prize winner will receive use of an RV for the entire March race weekend at BMS, an official driver’s suit, two suite tickets to the Scotts Turf Builder 300 March 21, two suite tickets to the Food City 500 March 22, and they will get to attend the Food City 500 driver’s meeting.

Ford also is registering fans for the chance to wave the green flag from the starter’s stand before qualifying for the Food City 500 on Ford Fan Friday. A total of 10 fans will get to participate in waving the green flag. Winners also receive two tickets to both the Scotts Turf Builder 300, as well as the Food City 500.

Practice for Ford Fan Friday begins at noon with the Sprint Cup cars taking to the .533-mile oval first, with the Nationwide cars on the track at 1:40 p.m. Qualifying for the Food City 500 begins at 3:40 p.m. and a final practice for the Scotts Turf Builder 300 starts at 4:45 p.m.

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