NASCAR Fans Will Have Their Day at Marshall





NASCAR Fans Will Have Their Day at Marshall

10/7/2002

During the summer an ESPN.com survey indicated that the two most popular sports among West Virginians are football and NASCAR.

Thundering Herd fans will have a unique opportunity to indulge both of their passions this weekend prior to Marshall’s game against Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo at Marshall Stadium.

Six of the top race teams in NASCAR will have cars on display on the grass practice field on the East side of Marshall Stadium prior to the game for Herd fans to enjoy. In addition, 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles will also be on display on the field.

Fans hoping to get a closer look at the cars and motorcycles must have a ticket for the game. Regular single-game tickets, as well as the $12 HerdZone tickets, are available through the Marshall Athletic Ticket Office. Call 1-800-THE-HERD for information or visit the Marshall Stadium ticket window at Gate A, which is open daily from noon until 7 p.m.

The lineup of cars fans will get to see will include a strong sampling of the top of the Winston Cup leaderboard. The group includes:

#9 Dodge driven by Bill Elliott -- currently eighth in the points race and being brought in by Nitro Dodge.

#45 Dodge driven Kyle Petty -- being brought in by Sprint PCS. Includes a NASCAR simulator ride for fans.

#1 Pennzoil Chevrolet driven by Steve Park and a member of the Dale Earnhardt Industries race team. Park has recoded a pair of top 10 finishes this season. The car is being brought in by Dawson-Thompson Oil Company.

#5 GMAC Financial Chevrolet driven by Ricky Hendrick in the Busch Series where he has two top 10 finishes during his rookie season.

#48 Lowe’s Chevrolet driven by rookie sensation Jimmie Johnson. The car is owned by Jeff Gordon and is currently third in the points race. Johnson has three victories this year, six top five finishes and 18 top 10 finishes.

#8 Budweiser Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and being brought in by Eagle Distributing. Including his victory in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega last weekend, Earnhardt has two wins, eight top five finishes and 12 top 10 finishes.

Kickoff for the game between the Herd and the Bulls is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. There will be no live local television coverage of the game, but it will be available on pay-per-view through ESPN GamePlan. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for information.