From Post staff reports
Easter weekend at Nashville Superspeedway is the traditional opening of the “stand-alone” season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where the series is the only — or main — draw on the schedule.
This is the first of nine such events in 2010.
This year, there’s a new twist. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also will be on the weekend docket, bringing the first doubleheader to the track to help celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
The trucks will race tonight followed by the NASCAR Nationwide race on Saturday afternoon, which also is the first of four “Dash 4 Cash” races sponsored by series sponsor Nationwide Insurance.
Full-time, part-time and limited-schedule series-only drivers along with double-duty drivers who have competed in every series race have the opportunity to pocket an extra$25,000 with a win.
Otherwise, the pot rolls over to the next “Dash 4 Cash” event, June 12 at Kentucky Speedway. Iowa Speedway (July 31) and Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 6) also are “Dash 4 Cash” tracks.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series’ 10-year career at NSS has been a storied one.
The inaugural series race in 2001 was won by Greg Biffle, which also was his first career series win. Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota), Reed Sorenson (No. 32 Dollar General Toyota), Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge) all recorded their first NASCAR national series wins as series-only regulars at the Gladeville facility in NASCAR Nationwide competition.
Here's the weekend schedule:
Friday, April 2:
Gates open 9:30am
Truck Series practice 10-11 am
Truck Series final practice 11:30am-12:30 pm
Truck Series autograph session 1 pm
Nationwide Series practice 2:30pm-3:55pm
Truck Series qualifying 4 pm
Nationwide Series final practice 5:30-6:30 pm
Driver introductions 6:40 pm
Truck Series race 7 pm
Saturday, April 3:
Gates open 10 am
Nationwide Series qualifying 11:05 am
Driver introductions 2:40pm
Nationwide Series race 3 pm
ALL ACCESS, the popular ticket add-on that gives fans unprecedented access at the track, is available Saturday.
ALL ACCESS ticket holders will be able to access the driver/crew chief meeting, pre-race access to Victory Lane, pit road and the Fan Walk behind the garage area.
The ALL ACCESS pass can be added to any Saturday race ticket for just $30 by calling the Nashville Superspeedway ticket office at 1-866-RACE-TIX.