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Tony Stewart to Wave the Green Flag and Greg Zipadelli Will Drive the Pace Car for the Carolina 500



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Charles Hudson



ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (March. 26, 2008) – Tony Stewart has climbed into the flagstand after many NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories to celebrate - but on May 4th, Tony will be climbing into the flagstand for the first time to wave the green flag to start a major stock car race when 50 cars come roaring by to start the Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway.


Stewart’s Sprint Cup crew chief will also be in Rockingham for the Carolina 500 and he will trade his normal race day duties as crew chief in for a position as driver. Greg Zipadelli will drive the pace car for the parade laps to begin the 312-lap race before relinquishing the steering wheel back to Jack Wallace, the regular ARCA RE/MAX Series driver. Zipadelli will undoubtedly make a few adjustments on the pace car before leaving to make sure it will be able to stay in front of the field when needed.


Stewart, driver of the Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is from the same area as track owner Andy Hillenburg and they have a very similar background in racing, starting out in open wheel cars in Southern Indiana.


“It is an honor to have Tony and Greg join us for our race,” said Hillenburg. “Tony has the same passion for the sport that our fans have and there is not a nicer person in the garage area than Greg.”


Stewart and Zipadelli will be traveling to Rockingham after trying to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race the night before in Richmond, VA. If weather is a factor in Richmond then both men will not be present for the Carolina 500.


To see if Tony will use the ladder or climb the fence to throw the green flag, be sure to get your tickets early for the Carolina 500 on May 4th.


For more information or to order tickets for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Carolina 500 on May 4th and the Hooter’s Pro Cup American 200 on November 1st please contact the speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at



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