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NASCAR Contenders Live back to kick off Chase

June 24, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

NASCAR Contenders Live back to kick off Chase
Toyota, NASCAR team up for second annual fun fan event with support from Sprint

"We’ve got one of the biggest fan followings of all sports, but also we give a neat opportunity for fans to get close to us and ask questions and be included in fan-related events we put on."
--Kyle Busch

SONOMA, Calif. -- The 2013 version of the “NASCAR Contenders Live” Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup kickoff is being billed as “back by popular demand,” and the demand is coming from both fans and the drivers.

The debut of the sold-out event last year in Chicago received overwhelmingly positive reviews. And judging by the reaction of fans who showed up at Sonoma Raceway’s Toyota exhibit Sunday to hear the announcement of NASCAR Contenders Live, it will be well received again.

To a roaring crowd’s approval, Toyota driver Kyle Busch joined Miss Sprint Cup to announce that the Sept. 12 NASCAR Contenders Live event will be held at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale on July 19 at http://www.nascar.com/contenderslive

Not only will the 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers be on stage in the days leading up to the first of 10 Chase events, but NASCAR President Mike Helton will take questions from fans as well.

“It’s always fun to be able to have the fans interact with the drivers,’’ Busch said. “It’s sort of unique and gets the fans an opportunity to put the drivers on the spot a little bit.

“You get some comedy relief, you might say, being able to ask Clint Bowyer questions about Jeff Gordon or what have you.

“We’ve got one of the biggest fan followings of all sports, but also we give a neat opportunity for fans to get close to us and ask questions and be included in fan-related events we put on.’’

In addition to attending the event, fans can enter the NASCAR Contenders Live Sweepstakes for the chance to win prizes.

One lucky grand prize-winner will take home a 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Limited, which is newly redesigned for 2014. Other prizes up for grabs include two tickets to NASCAR Contenders Live; two tickets and VIP passes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15; and $500 travel cash.

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