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TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (July 9, 2007) - Tooele Valley will reverberate with the thunder of NASCAR Grand National West Series stock cars this weekend, July 13-14, as Miller Motorsports Park hosts the inaugural Big O Tires 150.
The big stockers, which are very similar to the cars used in the NASCAR Busch Series, will face a unique challenge on the 3.06-mile MMP Outer Course, as the drivers come to grips with navigating both left- and right-hand turns, plus repeated braking and downshifting, none of which they are accustomed to in their customary oval-track races.
In addition to the NASCAR Grand National West Series, the weekend schedule includes racing from two varieties of smaller, open-wheel, Indy-type cars, the Pacific F2000 Championship and Formula TR Pro Series, plus the Ken Garff Porsche Invitational for GT cars including production-based cars such as Porsches, BMWs and the Mustang Challenge cars built by MMP for its Miller Park Racing Association. In addition, the third "Magic of Miller" Celebrity Race will feature KFAN 1320-AM radio hosts Jim Cooksey ("The Racing Fan") and Tony Abbott ("The Big Outdoors"), Olympic Women's Bobsled Silver Medalist Shauna Rohbock, Olympic Four-Man Bobsled Bronze Medalist Mike Kohn, 2001 Canadian Freestyle Motocross Champ Andy Bell, X-Games freestyle motocross medalist Ronnie Renner and noted motorsports journalist Jeremy Shaw, in the MMP Mustang Challenge cars.
Although the NASCAR Grand National West Series event is technically a one-day show, with official practice, qualifying and the 50-lap, 150-mile race scheduled for Saturday, July 14, most of the teams are expected to take part in an unofficial test day on Friday, July 13. The NASCAR teams will test in between the support series' official practice and qualifying sessions, as well as the first of two races each for the Pacific F2000 Championship and Formula TR Pro Series.
Friday will feature free admission for all fans, with on-track action getting underway at 8:00 a.m. and the two formula car races scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively. As a bonus, Miller Motorsports Park will offer fans free rides in a two-seater stock car with a professional driver during the lunch hour from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. There will be limited availability, but a number of lucky fans will get the ride of a lifetime on MMP's state-of-the-art racetrack and a taste of what the NASCAR drivers experience in competition.
Saturday's on-track action begins at 8:30 a.m. with final practice sessions, with NASCAR practice set for 10:30 a.m. The "Magic of Miller" Celebrity Race is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., followed by NASCAR qualifying at 2:40 p.m., the second Pacific F2000 Championship race at 3:45 p.m., the Ken Garff Porsche Invitational race at 4:30 p.m. and the Formula TR Pro Series race at 5:15 p.m. The weekend's featured event, the Big O Tires NASCAR Grand National West Series 150, is scheduled to take the green flag at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets for the Big O Tires NASCAR Grand National West Series 150 are priced at $25 for trackside admission and $40-45 for reserved grandstand seating. Tooele County residents are eligible for a 10-percent discount and children 12 and under are always free in trackside admission areas when accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call the track at (435) 277-RACE or visit the website at www.millermotorsportspark.com.