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Realtree's Bill Jordan to drive in Celebrity/Legends Race at Bristol

3/13/2009

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Bristol Motor Speedway announced recently that Realtree Founder and President Bill Jordan will drive a Team Realtree car, furnished by Richard Childress Racing, in the first annual Scotts Saturday Night Special Celebrity/Legends Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jordan's role in the race is to run the first 15 laps against other celebrities to determine the starting positions for the legendary NASCAR drivers, who will complete the remaining 35 laps of the 50-lap event.

Jordan's NASCAR legends teammate will be Terry Labonte. Jordan and Labonte's honorary pit crew will be comprised of current NASCAR drivers, many of whom hunt with Jordan and appear on the Driven to Hunt television show on ESPN2.

These pit crew members will include Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex, Jr. RCR president and CEO Richard Childress will serve as Jordan's spotter during the race.

The First Annual Scotts Saturday Night Special Celebrity/Legends Race will air live on March 21 on ESPN2 following the completion of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and will be followed by a 100-lap UARA late model event.

Jordan, a long-time supporter of Childress race teams, including Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 and Kevin Harvick's No. 29, gladly accepted the responsibility of setting the starting position for Labonte.

"While it's true that I've spent more time behind the wheel of a camo golf cart than just about anything else, lately, I'm feeling pretty good about my chances in the late-model Childress race car," Jordan said. "I've actually driven the Charlotte track before, and I'm getting some great tips from Harvick and others already. All I can say is tune in. It ought to be interesting."

Legendary NASCAR drivers expected to compete are Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant, David Green, Jack Ingram, Junior Johnson, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, L.D. Ottinger, Phil Parsons, David Pearson, Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace. Others are expected to race as well.

Drivers will compete in late-model stock cars and $25,000 will be donated to the winning team's charity of choice. The second-place team will have $10,000 given to the charity of its choice and $5,000 will go to the designated charity of the other entrants.

Tickets, which include all three races, start at $45 and are available by calling the BMS ticket office at 423-989-6900 or by visiting www.bristoltix.com.