‘Chase U’ Program Expands to Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – Chase Elliott, driver for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), turned a lot of heads at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year when the rookie driver captured the pole position for the GEICO 500 in his first NSCS attempt at the 2.66-mile venue. When he returns to NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track for the Alabama 500 on Oct. 23, college students will be able to be a part of Chase University and experience some fun, incredible perks for the much anticipated weekend.

Elliott, a second-generation driver, is scheduled to take a stroll through Talladega Superspeedway’s special “Chase U College Zone” in the North Park Campground to mix and mingle (and hand out special TSS & Chase U goodies) with college students prior to the start of the Alabama 500.

“There aren’t many tracks that know how to throw a party as well as Talladega,” said Elliott, who drove his No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS to a fifth-place finish in May at Talladega after leading three times for 27 laps. “This program is about creating a great at-track experience at an affordable price for college students. It’s hard to top what Talladega has put together here by including three days of entertainment in this package. It really is an awesome weekend experience.”

Talladega Superspeedway is a special place for Elliott, whose father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won twice on the 33-degree banked track and set the fastest-ever NASCAR official qualifying mark of 212.809 mph in 1987. Now Chase Elliott, the popular newcomer to the NSCS, hopes to make his mark on Talladega. The 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier and leading Rookie of the Year contender grew up just a short drive from Talladega in Dawsonville, GA.

In addition to the possibility of meeting Chase, the 20-year-old rising star, in the College Campus of North Park, the $24 Chase University College ticket offer for the Alabama 500 includes a weekend full of special activities:
• Free Camping/Parking for tailgating in the Chase U College Zone of GEICO North Park
• Free Admission to Friday evening’s (Oct. 21) “Big One on the Blvd.” Driver Parade and Fan Competitions
• Free Tram Service – in and out of the track – for Friday’s Big One on the Blvd.
• Free Admission to Saturday’s (Oct. 22) Traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert
• Free Tram Service – in and out of the track – for Saturday Night Infield Concert
• Seating in the Lincoln or Anniston Grandstand (at exit of turn four)
• Ability to bring your own cooler into the grandstands (soft-sided, maximum size of 14”x14”x14”, no glass) filled with your favorite snacks and beverages
• A chance to be a part of the Party Capital of NASCAR!

Talladega Superspeedway’s College Ticket program continues to flourish. Just take a stroll around the track’s campgrounds and one will see that collegiate spirit flies high in support of many universities. The facility is a haven for young people to watch an incredible race and have a great time.

College students, you can’t plan a weekend trip anywhere for under $24 except at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track—Talladega Superspeedway. Party on!

For more information on Talladega Superspeedway’s college initiative log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/ChaseU or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

Talladega Superspeedway’s action-packed weekend kicks off on Friday (Oct. 21) with practice sessions for both the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola and the Alabama 500. Saturday’s schedule includes Foodland/Food Giant qualifying for both NCWTS (9:30 a.m. CDT) and NSCS (3:00 p.m. CDT) while the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola gets the green flag at 12 Noon CDT. The Alabama 500, which is the final race in the Round of 12 in which the field of eligible drivers for the championship will be trimmed from 12 to eight at the checkered flag, is set for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT.

For all ticket information to catch all the incredible action at Talladega Superspeedway, log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

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