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WFUBMC Announces Slate of Drivers for Fitness 500

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, Jeff Green, Mark Green, Mike Wallace, David Reutimann, Ron Hornaday, and Terri McDonald are scheduled to appear at the Wake Forest Baptist Fitness 500 in January. Legends and other NASCAR stars also slated to appear include: Ray Evernham, Darrell Waltrip, Mike Helton, Bobby Allison, Mike Joy and Chocolate Myers. Wives who will compete on the Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports (WAM) team include: Cathy Green, Michelle Green, Katie Kenseth, and Ann Schrader.

The Wake Forest Baptist Fitness 500 is a community health event featuring the stars of NASCAR®. General admission is $15, with children under age 2 admitted free. All proceeds will benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

During the event, drivers’ teams will compete in a fitness challenge followed by a live racing memorabilia auction and two-hour autograph session. Attendees will be able to participate in health screenings and receive information on a variety of healthcare topics from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers.

"We are delighted that these top-tier drivers have agreed to help Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center promote healthy lifestyles," said J. Kevin Bokeno, vice president of marketing and public relations at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. "In addition, there are a number of drivers who may become available as their holiday schedules are finalized. So fans may be in for a few surprises."

Tickets can be purchased at the Joel Coliseum Box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, through local Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 336-722-6400 in Winston-Salem or 336-852-1100 in Greensboro. For more information, call the coliseum box office at 336-725-5635, ext 350.

After purchasing a ticket, fans must obtain a wristband in order to attend an autograph session of a driver. Wristbands will be dispersed through a priority system based on the time of ticket purchase and are subject to availability. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at 7 a.m. on January 8, 2005. The schedule for wristband distribution will be released at a later date and can be found on Wake Forest Baptist’s website at www.wfubmc.edu.

Allegacy Federal Credit Union is the marquee sponsor for this event. Other team sponsors include Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Corporate Express, The Scope Exchange, Aramark, Lowes Home Improvement, Hayes Jewelers, Nextel, Hanes Mall, Sodexho and GlaxoSmithKline.

For more information about Wake Forest Baptist or the Fitness 500, visit our website at www.wfubmc.edu.

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Media Contacts: Rae Beasley (336) 716-6878, rabeasle@wfubmc.edu; Shannon Koontz (336) 716-2415, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu; or Karen Richardson (336) 716-4453, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu.

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