Sprint Media Tour: Day 4
January 24, 2008 | 12:39 P.M. EST
Plans for Nationwide's first season as title sponsor of NASCAR's number two series were unveiled which includes a first-of-its-kind fantasy game for fans as well as another year of exclusive television coverage by ABC/ESPN.
The tour then visited Lowe's Motor Speedway, where Speedway Motorsports Inc. announced its plans to construct a state-of-the-art dragstrip adjacent to the superspeedway. The facility will host and NHRA POWERade national event this fall.
"I love to build things and this is an exciting project because we are going to build the crown jewel of drag strips," said track founder and chairman Bruton Smith. "Drag racing is the perfect compliment to the wide variety of motorsports entertainment already on the schedule here at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"We are constantly looking for ways to grow our business and the success of NHRA racing at our other tracks told us that adding a drag strip here was a tremendous opportunity," Smith added. "Plus, there is just something special about a race car with 7,000 horsepower."
See a complete story on the announcement and a video recap here on RacingOne.
The day wrapped up with a visit to the Roush Fenway Racing headquarters that also included the Ford teams of the Wood Brothers and Yates Racing.
Both Yates cars with drivers David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil are still seeking sponsorship.
"Our goal is to get a sponsor," Gilliland said. "We also want to finish in the top 15 in the points and that's not out of the question. Getting a sponsor is just the start of it. I also want to visit victory lane this year."
If you missed any of the previous days of the media tour you can view RacingOne's recaps along with videos from each day. The tour stopped at shops that included Hendrick Motorsports, DEI, Petty Enterprises and Joe Gibbs Racing.