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Top drivers to headline Acceleration Weekend

December 10, 2012, Official Release,

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fan festival to feature sixth-generation Sprint Cup cars, interactive displays

For NASCAR fans who have been counting the days to the opening of the 2013 season, their wait is almost over.

For the second consecutive year, reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, five-time premier series winner Jimmie Johnson and NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will help race fans celebrate the past, present and future of NASCAR with the return of Acceleration Weekend. The fan-friendly, interactive experience is scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2013, at the Charlotte, N.C., Convention Center. It includes the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and NASCAR Preview 2013.

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend tickets are on sale at and the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office. Tickets for Friday night's induction ceremony start at $45. In addition, a $20 ticket will gain fans all-day access to NASCAR Preview 2013 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 9.

"We are excited about bringing NASCAR Acceleration Weekend back to Charlotte this year," said Kim Brink, NASCAR managing director of brand, consumer and series marketing. "It is one of our biggest fan events to kick off the season and provides unprecedented access to our best drivers, new cars and the NASCAR Hall of Fame."

The weekend's activities begin Friday, Feb. 8, with the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The five inductees are Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace and Leonard Wood. Legendary broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall also will be honored with the inaugural Squier-Hall Award for Media Excellence for their significant contributions to the success of NASCAR during their distinguished careers as media members covering the sport.

More than 50 drivers across NASCAR's three national series are scheduled to participate in the NASCAR Preview 2013 event, which begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Charlotte Convention Center. Similar to last year's event, the all-day fan festival will allow fans to interact with top drivers from all three national series and to get autographs, to participate in driver Q&A sessions, to get a first-look at the new Cup cars and paint schemes and to check out various interactive displays, among other activities.