‘Racing’s Greatest Night’ set for Saturday at WTS

WALL TOWNSHIP — Steady morning and afternoon rain and the promise of more into the evening forced Wall Township Speedway officials to cancel the events scheduled for Saturday evening.

With this first rained-out event of the year now in the record books, all attention is turning to this Saturday evening’s "Racing’s Greatest Night of Champions," which features 10 nationally famous NASCAR drivers.

With tickets selling at a rapid pace, NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series officials are urging all fans who want to be a part of the "Racing’s Greatest Night of Champions" event to purchase their tickets in advance.

"We want everyone who wants a ticket to get a ticket for this event," operations manager Sergio Benitez said. "That is why we have set up several locations, in addition to the speedway office, for fans to secure their tickets in advance."

Advance tickets for the June 12 "Racing’s Greatest Night of Champions" are available at NAPA Auto Parts Stores in Freehold (732-462-1200), Point Pleasant (732-295-4800), Forked River (609-242-9331), and Spring Lake (732-449-0100). Tickets are also available at Victory Lane Racing Collectibles in Brick, (732-262-4500). Ticket prices are $50 for adults and $25 for children. VIP Meet and Greet tickets are sold only at Wall Township Speedway (732-681-6400) for $300 each or two tickets for $500.

Heading the list of champions on hand will be former NASCAR champion, Daytona 500 winner and multi-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver Bill Elliott. In addition to meeting with fans, Elliott will compete in a special match race against the celebrity drivers and will also compete against local competitors in Truck Series action.

FOX Network commentator Darrell Waltrip, a former Daytona 500 winner who currently competes in a limited number of Craftsman Truck Series races, jumped at the chance to visit Wall Township Speedway after his brother Michael was forced to cancel his appearance. Michael Waltrip will not be able to attend since his race team has decided to chase the NASCAR Busch Grand National title.

Representing the current-day stars will be Kevin Harvick, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Kerry Earnhardt. The list of NASCAR legends who will participate is just as impressive, with Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant, Ernie Irvan, Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle announcing their involvement.

For years, NASCAR fans have debated about the talents of the sport’s legendary drivers compared to those of racing’s current-day stars. Those fans will have the opportunity to settle that argument once and for all when the NASCAR stars, both retired and current, visit the speedway. The event will not only feature legendary and current-day NASCAR stars in interviews and autograph sessions, but also in racing action on the third-mile high-banked paved oval.

In addition to the on-track action for the legends and current-day NASCAR stars, Spencer said that he will also return to his racing roots during the evening and drive a Modified stock car during the regularly scheduled racing program. That program will consist of Modified, Street Stock and Truck Series racing.