Best Western Hotels of Illinois to Present Busch Series Show Car at State Fair August 20, 21

Official Hotel of NASCAR, Track Enterprises Brings Its #99 Chevrolet to Springfield

PHOENIX, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Best Western Hotels of Illinois will exhibit the company’s Busch Series Show Car in Springfield this weekend, bringing the excitement of NASCAR to the 2005 Illinois State Fair. The Official Hotel of NASCAR and Track Enterprises will put its #99 Best Western Chevrolet on display Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Race fans will have the opportunity to get up-close to a replica of the car veteran Michael Waltrip drove earlier this month in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International. In addition to photo opportunities with the #99 Best Western Show Car, visitors will also be able to pick up special giveaway items throughout the day.

“We are thrilled to partner with Track Enterprises, celebrating the best in Illinois racing,” said Jim Harness, chairman of the Best Western Hotels of Illinois cooperative marketing group. “Visitors are sure to enjoy checking out the Best Western #99 Busch Series Show Car, while learning how they could find themselves in the driver’s seat next season as special guests of Best Western at the NASCAR race of their choice.”

This summer, Best Western Hotels of Illinois are putting race fans on the road to great savings, as well as on their way to the track. Now through September 5, 2005, individuals who stay a total of five nights at any Best Western hotel in Illinois can earn $50 off their next visit. In addition, guests will receive one entry into Best Western’s “Speed Rewards Racing RoadTrip Sweepstakes” with each night’s stay during this time period. The grand prize includes two tickets to a 2006 NASCAR race of the winner’s preference, along with complimentary accommodations at Best Western. Rounding out the package is a $500 Visa(R) gift card, two trackside headset scanners, 10 pairs of Levi Strauss Signature(TM) jeans, and two $50 gift certificates to the NASCAR.com Superstore. For complete details and to register, fans can visit www.bestwesternracing.com/illinois or call 1-800-WESTERN and mention promotion code NASCOOPIL.

In January 2004, Best Western International entered into a multi-year agreement as the Official Hotel of NASCAR. The company also serves as an associate sponsor of Waltrip and the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #15 NAPA Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. On August 13, Best Western was the primary sponsor of Waltrip’s #99 Busch Series Car at Watkins Glen. Best Western Hotels of Illinois, a cooperative marketing group representing 50 properties throughout the state, is also the Official Hotel of Track Enterprises for the 2005 season.

For more information on Best Western/NASCAR activities, visit www.bestwesternracing.com.

Best Western International is THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R) with more than 4,100 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members. Information on the Illinois Best Western marketing cooperative can be found at www.bestwesternillinois.com.

Best Western #99 NASCAR Busch Series Show Car Schedule

Dates Location Times
August

20 Illinois State Fair 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
21 Illinois State Fair 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

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