Luke Perry Named Honorary Starter

Actor Luke Perry will wave the green flag to officially begin the Dodge Charger 500 on Saturday evening, May 13 at Darlington Raceway. In 1989, Perry was chosen for a starring role on the internationally popular television series "Beverly Hills 90210," in which he portrayed the brooding but sensitive Dylan McCay. The highly-rated program won a Golden Globe award for Best Dramatic Television Series in 1991. Perry made his feature film debut in "8 Seconds," based on the life of champion bull rider Lane Frost. Perry developed the project, and his devotion to the inspirational legacy of Frost led him to train vigorously for 18 months in order the master the techniques of bull riding and to be able to perform many of his own stunts during production. In June 2006, Perry's latest project will make its debut. The one-hour drama "Windfall" follows 20 lottery winners after their unexpected good fortune, focusing on a close-knit foursome who have known each other since college. Perry stars as devoted husband and father of two Peter Schaefer. The series also stars Lana Parrilla and Jason Gedrick ("Boomtown"), and Sarah Wynter ("24"). Although grandstand tickets for the Dodge Charger 500 are sold out, infield admission tickets are available. Good seats are also available for all events on Friday, May 12. This very full day of race action begins with practice for the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series, followed by qualifying for both series. The NASCAR Busch Series will follow up their qualifying efforts on Friday evening in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. Scheduled race time is 8:30 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series drivers doing double duty at Darlington by also competing in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 include Tony Stewart; Brian Vickers; Ryan Newman; Carl Edwards; Kyle Busch; Greg Biffle; Kasey Kahne; Raybestos rookie of the year contenders JJ Yeley, Reed Sorenson and Clint Bowyer; Kevin Harvick; and defending champion Matt Kenseth. To be placed on the Dodge Charger 500 waiting list, or to purchase tickets for events on Friday or infield admission tickets for Saturday, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE, or purchase online at
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