Friday, May 29, 2009

Living the Dream

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 3:39 PM

38c3/1243629387-nascar.jpg Baby, you can drive your car on a real-live NASCAR track.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, Memphis Motorsports Park is holding its annual “Season Ticket Holder 450.” The 450 allows season-ticket holders — which you can become the day-of for $109 adults, $50 kids — to drive their own cars, trucks, and motorcycles for four or five laps around the NASCAR track, while taking family members and friends along for the ride.

Pictures will be taken during the run and given as souvenirs to the drivers, who will also be offered complimentary barbecue from Pig N Whistle.

According to Doug Franklin, director of public relations for the park, the 450, now in its fourth year, draws between 200 and 400 participants. A pace car will lead the way, while another official car will follow the pack to keep the order. Speeds average around 40 to 60 mph.

Among the rules:

• Drivers must be at least 18-years-old, with a valid drivers license
• All occupants must wear a seat belt
• No passing
• No alcohol

While fans can drive the drag strip during the Memphis Motorsports’ weekly Thursday Test-n-Tune, taking the incredibly steep NASCAR track is a once-a-year opportunity.

Franklin says for some of the more diehard NASCAR fans the experience is “living the dream.”

“They are so moved,” Franklin says. “There’s been hugging and tears.”

For more information, go to memphismotorsportspark.com or call 866-40-SPEED.

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