DANICA PATRICK AND TRAVIS PASTRANA WILL COMPETE IN THE KANSAS LOTTERY 300

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway

Two of NASCAR’s hottest new names, Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, will look to cash in at the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, October 8, 2011. The race will mark Patrick’s ninth race of 12 scheduled Nationwide Series events in her plans for 2011. Pastrana, partnering with NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series car owner, Michael Waltrip, will take part in seven Nationwide Series contests this year.

Pastrana is NASCAR’s newest convert from the ranks of X-Games, motocross and America Rally Car competition.  Also known for incredible car stunts, the phenom boasts numerous Gravity Games and X-Games gold medals in addition to three consecutive (2006-2008) Rally America Championships driving for team Subaru. Pastrana’s first stock car effort came in January’s Toyota All-Star Showdown NASCAR K & N Pro Series event in Irwindale, Calif. The Maryland native finished an impressive sixth, besting a number of veteran stock car competitors.

Patrick is embarking upon her second partial season of competition in the Nationwide Series. No stranger to Kansas Speedway, Patrick has posted one IndyCar pole and three top-10 finishes in her six appearances at the 1.5 mile circuit. In addition to her stock car plans, Patrick will pursue her first IZOD IndyCar title in 2011, taking part in the series’ 17 race schedule. As for her 2012 plans, she is still undecided.

Fans can catch all of the Nationwide Series action at Kansas Speedway by purchasing tickets for the Kansas Lottery 300 by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets start at just $40.

Parking is free and race fans may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands to enjoy their favorite foods and beverages.

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