AUGUSTA, Maine – New England's longest continuously running motorsports trade show is back to celebrate its 25th anniversary next month.
With track and series displays, industry vendors, driver autograph sessions, seminars and more, the Northeast Motorsports Expo returns to the Augusta Civic Center from Jan. 11-13, 2013. Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ricky Craven and Steve Park are both scheduled to make appearances during the weekend.
“We are fortunate to have the continued support of Peter Prescott and his family and employees at Team EJP,” said Expo promoter Steve Perry, owner of the Mainely Motorsports television show, who took over the show for founders Tim and Kathy Attaya in 2009. “I felt honored to be first approached a few years ago by Tim, who called the show his 'baby,' and we continue to add to the Expo's success.”
Craven, a Maine native and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner during his driving career, will participate in the “Passing The Mic” seminar at the Expo. Currently a popular member of ESPN's NASCAR coverage on television, Craven should feel right at home offering his opinion on a variety of topics related to short-track racing today.
Park, who drove for the late Dale Earnhardt, is the only driver to compete in five different NASCAR divisions at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during his career. He will be in the New England Racing Fuel booth to sign autographs and meet with fans during the Expo.
Friday night, January 11, marks perhaps the most exciting night of the entire weekend. Beginning at 7 p.m., show organizers will reveal the Top 25 drivers and personalities in the 25-year history of the Northeast Motorsports Expo as decided by a fan vote.
“I really believe this is going to be our best Expo yet,” Perry said. “We've got a great mix of drivers, industry leaders, displays, seminars and interactive events. There's something for everybody this year.
“A lot of people have stepped up to make this event what it is, and I can't thank them enough. Team EJP, Quirk Auto, Heluva Good!, New England Racing Fuel and Mainely Motorsports have all played large roles in keeping the tradition that is the Northeast Motorsports Expo going.”
In addition to the “Passing The Mic,” which debuted at the Expo in 2012 as a roundtable discussion involving several short-track racing media personalities, there will be several seminars of interest for fans and team members. One of the most highly-anticipated new events is the Last Chance Motorsports Pit Stop Challenge which encourages fans to try their hand at completing an actual pit stop.
The 25th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo kicks off at 5 p.m. On Friday, January 11, and runs through 3 p.m. On Sunday, January 13. For more information, including a detailed schedule, vendor listings, ticket prices, visit www.NortheastMotorsportsExpo.net.
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