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Drivers lined up for NASCAR Preview '12 fan event

December 16, 2011, Official Release,

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Stewart, Johnson, Gordon, Earnhardt among many who are scheduled to appear

More than 50 drivers from the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series are now confirmed to appear at the inaugural NASCAR Preview 2012 scheduled for Jan. 21 in Charlotte. Race fans will have the chance to meet top competitors of the sport during the all-day fan event located inside the Charlotte Convention Center.

NASCAR Preview 2012 will offer a festival-like experience for fans that features driver autograph and question-and-answer sessions, show car appearances, simulators, games and more. The fan event is one of several events that comprise NASCAR Acceleration Weekend, which begins Jan. 20 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Class of 2012 inductees Richie Evans, Dale Inman, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough. Following the events of NASCAR Preview 2012 will be the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Jan. 22.

"I'm really excited about this event coming back because I was sad it went away in the first place," said Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet. "There are going to be plenty of chances for race fans to see their favorite drivers and get excited for another great season. It's also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Induction Ceremony that is taking place on that Friday."

Series champions Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Austin Dillon plus other drivers will sign autographs in the Ballroom and the Exhibit Hall at the Charlotte Convention Center starting at 9 a.m. ET on Jan. 21.

Driver Appearance Times (Ballroom)

9:15 a.m. -- 11:15 a.m.: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth

10:15 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin

11:45 a.m. -- 1:45 p.m.: Brad Keselowski

12:15 p.m. -- 2:15 p.m.: Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle

12:30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m.: Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman

2:45 p.m. -- 4:45 p.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Juan Montoya

3:15 p.m. -- 5:15 p.m.: Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch

Driver Appearance Times (Exhibit Hall)

9 a.m. -- 11 a.m.: AJ Allmendinger, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, David Ragan, Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill, Blake Koch, Travis Pastrana, Timothy Peters

11 a.m. -- 1 p.m.: Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Brian Vickers, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Sweet, Cale Gale, Justin Lofton, Todd Peck

12:30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m.: Michael Annett, Elliott Sadler, Mike Wallace, Dakoda Armstrong, Johnny Sauter, Parker Kligerman

2:30 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.: Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Morgan Shepherd, Kenny Wallace, Joey Coulter, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Tim George Jr.

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase new 2012 NASCAR merchandise. New items for 2012 include NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee merchandise, new 1:24 and 1:64 scale die-cast cars, 2012 Cup Series schedule T-shirts and new driver merchandise featuring Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and more.

Tickets to NASCAR Preview 2012 start at just $10. Experience the entire weekend at a discounted rate: Ticket prices range from $10 for individual event admission to $299 for a VIP weekend package that includes the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend from Jan. 20-22, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. gives race fans an unprecedented experience through a combination of events and activities featuring the legends of the sport and stars of today. Events for the weekend include the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony, NASCAR Preview 2012 presented by Sprint, and the unveiling of the Class of 2012 exhibits at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Saturday's NASCAR Preview 2012 event will feature driver and show car appearances, simulators, games, prizes, and a host of other fan-friendly and interactive activities. Various ticket packages are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Visit for more information.