Inside Nascar Hosts to Serve as Grand Marshalls

SHOWTIME Southern 500

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 6, 2010) – The hosts of the new SHOWTIME Sports® series Inside NASCAR will be literally all over Darlington Raceway for the SHOWTIME Southern 500 weekend serving as Grand Marshalls and participating in numerous pre-race festivities. Plus, legendary mixed martial arts pioneer Frank Shamrock and world-ranked heavyweight contender Brett Rogers will be on hand to experience NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at its best and to represent Strikeforce, one of the world’s leading MMA promoters.

The Inside NASCAR cast of Michael Waltrip, Randy Pemberton, Chris Myers and Brad Daugherty will meet fans, participate in Q&A sessions and sign autographs at the SHOWTIME display area (located by Gate 16 outside the Tyler Tower) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for one hour each session.  Shamrock and Rogers also will meet fans and sign autographs at the SHOWTIME Sports display area on Saturday from 3 p.m.

All weekend long, at the SHOWTIME Sports display area, fans can interact with the SHOWTIME Sports brand like never before.  Fans can spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a multitude of premium prizes including grand prizes of a trip to a taping of INSIDE NASCAR where winners will visit the set, meet the Hosts, and be treated to a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Other winner will receive trips to live SHOWTIME Championship Boxing events, live Strikeforce MMA events and the Inside The NFL studio located at NFL Films compound in Mount Laurel, NJ and premium prizes like INSIDE NASCAR hats, seat cushions and tote bags.  The display area will also feature DVD giveaways of some of the network’s hit original series, including full episodes of Inside NASCAR with behind-the-scenes bonus features.

As Grand Marshalls, Waltrip, Pemberton and Daugherty will introduce the mothers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to give the command to start their engines prior to the SHOWTIME Southern 500. Pemberton will then make his way to the flag stand to wave the green-flag to start 500-miles of heart-pounding racing under the lights at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

For additional information about SHOWTIME Sports, original series or hit movies visit SHO.com.  Right now when you order SHOWTIME you can receive a limited edition INSIDE NASCAR $25 prepaid card, call 1-888-SHOWTIME or go to SHO.com/NASCARoffer for details.

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Darlington Raceway or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.

Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series will visit the track on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-8, for the SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough To Tame 200. Tickets for all three events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.

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