Almost every racing fan across the world has probably dreamed of the opportunity to drive or sit inside a stock car at full speed around one of America's finest speedways.  They may have driven a NASCAR stock car around at a racing school or dabbled with it on a PC, getting the feel and experience that their heroes have on any given Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.

That dream may seem like a pipe dream or longshot thought for many, but that opportunity may not be so farfetched, not unless the leading die-cast company in motorsports has a say with that.

Lionel NASCAR Collectables (LNC) and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA) are offering a lucky fan to have the chance to ride shotgun alongside Sprint Cup star Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who's NASCAR's nine-time most popular driver.  By answering NASCAR-themed trivia questions posted on, one fan will nab the amazing grand prize, which consists of the following:

  • Three laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on October 15th
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s exclusive skeleton gloves
  • Two tickets to the October 12th NASCAR Nationwide Series race with VIP area tour before the race
  • Two tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on October 13th
  • A question and answer session with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. followed by a photograph and autograph opportunity
  • Food and beverage at the Ride Along Event
  • One room, three-night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites
  • DVD of the experience
  • VIP Swag Bag

Howard Hitchcock, General Manager of NASCAR Collectables noted how riding along at Charlotte Motor Speedway is an incredible prize alone.

"Being driven around the speedway by Dale Jr. is truly the ride of a lifetime," Hitchcock said. "LNC is a proud supporter of The Dale Jr. Foundation and it's because of that relationship that we are able to offer this memorable experience to a lucky NASCAR fan. I want to wholeheartedly thank them for this tremendous opportunity."

Along the way, Lionel NASCAR Collectables and RCCA will award weekly prizes, including licensed apparel and die-cast replicas.  Entries for the sweepstakes will be taken from July 17th through September 14th, 2012, with the grand prize winner being notified on September 18th, 2012.

Fans, don't miss out because it could be the once in a lifetime experience to be a part of racing fun and history with one of the sport's most popular figures!

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About Lionel NASCAR® Collectables

The official die-cast of NASCAR, Lionel NASCAR® Collectables is the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed die-cast race cars. A joint venture with the NASCAR® Team Properties and Lionel Electric Trains, LNC makes and sells replica die-cast race cars through a variety of channels, including Corporate, National Accounts, trackside, online, a network of specialty dealers and the Racing Collectables Club of America (RCCA). Made up of a group of experienced merchants, artists, sales people and support staff, LNC has its pulse on the racing community and is committed to giving fans the very best in die-cast collectable cars.  LNC is based in Concord, NC.  For more information about Lionel NASCAR® Collectables, please visit the Web site at  Follow Lionel NASCAR® Collectables on Facebook at and Twitter @LionelNASCAR. 


Michelle Fannin

Lionel NASCAR Collectables Marketing and Social Media

Special thanks to Michelle Fannin for the heads-up on this amazing promotion as well as allowing me to use excerpts from the press release for this feature story!  To find out more, be sure to follow Lionel NASCAR on Facebook and Twitter.  

Michelle Fannin is the marketing/social media manager for Lionel NASCAR Collectables – the official die-cast of NASCAR.  She writes about NASCAR and NASCAR die-cast for LNC’s corporate blog and social media sites.