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Kids Zone To Rev Up TMS’ Younger Fans

Texas Motor Speedway will provide its most extensive entertainment area for children with the enhanced “Kids Zone” that will be part of the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend on Nov. 5-8. 

The “Kids Zone,” located in the midway area outside of Gate 1 and free to the public, will feature interactive games, live musical performances, display of high school-built solar cars, Q&A sessions with NASCAR drivers, a special NASCAR Sprint Cup Series youth autograph session and more.

NASCAR Acceleration Nation, a product of NASCAR’s initiative with Scholastic to impact children across the country through an in-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), will bring those concepts to life in a huge display where kids can play and learn the NASCAR way. The NASCAR Acceleration Nation Experience will allow kids to create their own paint scheme, play games and get behind the wheel of the NASCAR Acceleration Nation stock car.

Stock cars, however, won’t be the only cars available during the NASCAR weekend. The “Kids Zone” will include a display of solar cars built by Texas high school students that competed in the Solar Car Challenge held at Texas Motor Speedway in July. Greenville High, Byron Nelson High of Trophy Club, Coppell High, Ben Barber Academy of Mansfield, All Saints Episcopal of Fort Worth, Wylie East High and Stony Point High of Round Rock will have their top designs on exhibit throughout the weekend.

Also, NBC will have its carnival-style bumper cars available to the public, which will be located nearby the “Kids Zone.”

Children also will have the opportunity to enjoy live music Friday through Sunday as budding musical artists from “The Official Stand-Up Tour” will perform concerts on the SMI stage. The musical acts slated to perform are Dave Days, Alex Preston, Future Sunsets, Restless Road and The House on Cliff with Danielle Prou. A schedule of the concert times will be announced soon.

Children also receive special visits from NASCAR drivers, including Sprint Cup’s Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Blaney during a youth-only autograph session from 9:30-10 a.m. at the Acceleration Nation display on Sunday, Nov. 8, prior to the AAA Texas 500. Kids 17 and under can secure a limited spot for the autograph session by visiting one of the Texas Motor Speedway LugNutz representatives during race week or stopping by the Texas Motor Speedway display. Following the autograph session, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be joined by a military fighter pilot for a Q&A session at the SMI stage from 10:10-10:30 a.m. with fans in attendance.

Youth tickets (12 and under) for the AAA Texas 500 are still available with pricing starting as low as $25. Tickets for the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 on Friday, Nov. 6, and O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 7, begin as low as $10. To purchase tickets, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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