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NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader are co-owners of the Macon Speedway and will be joined Thursday, June 13th for the NASCAR Night of Stars at the track by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart. The night will be kicked off with an autograph session with “The King,” Tony, and both Kennys. The autograph session will be from 5pm to 6pm and will be a first-come, first-served basis.
This is an amazing opportunity for Central Illinois race fans to meet “The King” Richard Petty. To many, he IS stock car racing. Richard won a NASCAR record 200 races during his career. He won seven NASCAR Cup championships. These achievements and many more came during a career that spanned three decades and 1,184 races earning him the nick-name “The King.”
Richard did not retire from racing when he stepped out of the iconic “STP 43” race car. He is the owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. “The King” stays busy overseeing the three-car operation that competes in NASCAR’s highest levels. This is your chance to meet one of the men who truly helped make NASCAR what it is today.
Tony Stewart has raced pretty much anything that has wheels on it and goes fast from go-karts to Indy cars, to Sprint Cup cars and everything in between. He is the first and only driver to have won championships in stock cars, Indy cars and open-wheel Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown cars. Tony has won Sprint Cup Championships in 2002 and 2005 for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2011 he won his third Sprint Cup Championship as a driver and owner as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing. The driver they call “Smoke” is the one of the top drivers in NASCAR’s top division and just won the Sprint Cup race at Dover on the “Monster Mile.”
Tony, Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader will not only be signing autographs at Macon Speedway, they will also be getting behind the wheel to race. The three will compete in the Billingsley Towing UMP Modified event on Thursday. Racing starts at 7pm for the NASCAR Night of Stars at Macon Speedway.
Adult seats are $20 and seats for children 11 and under are free. Pit passes will be $30.
For information, call 217-764-3000. You can also visit www.maconracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com for a complete 2013 Race schedule and additional information. For quick convenient updates, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maconracing and Twitter @maconspeedway.
By: Buck Stevens
(In story photo credits: Richard Petty - NASCARmedia.com/John Harrelson/NASCAR via Getty Images & Tony Stewart - NASCARmedia.com/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)