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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Phil de Montmollin

Director of Public Relations

Homestead-Miami Speedway


Tournament Contact:

Alan T. Brown

VP of Communication

790 ESPN Radio






MIAMI - September 23, 2004 Racing fans and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers and celebrities participating in the 3rd Annual Hot Rods & Reels charity fishing tournament will fish for trophy bass and a chance to win $1 million. The fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure Paralysis and the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatrics?/span>, at Homestead Hospital will be held on Friday, November 19th at Homestead-Miami Speedway's infield lake as part of the Ford Championship Weekend.


Under the rules of this year's tournament, the angler successfully landing the heaviest largemouth bass or peacock bass will then select from one of 250 envelopes, one of which containing the $1 million grand prize. An official weigh-in determining the winning fish will immediately precede the prize drawing.


Tournament organizers will provide two spots on each fishing boat available for corporate or private purchase, with participants having the opportunity to fish with the likes of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champions Tony Stewart, Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, plus other leading NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers. The tournament also features fishing opportunities with other racing celebrities including legendary team owner Richard Childress, and former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champs turned broadcasters Darrell Waltrip and Benny Parsons, among others.


The tournament will take place on the Speedway's 18-acre infield lake, which is 60 feet deep and stocked with trophy-size peacock bass and largemouth bass. Because of its unique location and outstanding fishing, the lake has been featured on ESPN's "Great Outdoors" and the Miami Herald.


"The previous Hot Rods & Reels tournaments were a hit in terms of participation, fun and monies raised for charity," said event founder Darrell Gwynn. "This year's outing features even more excitement with a Friday morning start that will find both the fish and fisherman ready for action!"


"The Hot Rods &Reels fishing tournament merges two sports that seem to go hand-in-hand: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing and bass fishing during one of the biggest weekend's in all of motorsports: Ford Championship Weekend," said Curtis Gray, President, Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We encourage race fans and anglers alike to participate in this unique event benefiting two outstanding charities: the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Speediatrics?/span>.


This year's tournament features a 7:00 a.m. start, allowing ample fishing time prior to the scheduled start of NEXTEL Cup Series practice at 10:00 a.m. Each driver/celebrity will be teamed with two guest anglers in their own bass boat featuring an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognized guide.


NASCAR drivers and celebrities currently scheduled (subject to change) for the 2004 Hot Rods & Reels tournament include:

o Joe Nemechek

o Terry Labonte

o Mark Martin

o Jimmy Spencer

o Kasey Kahne

o Scott Riggs

o Michael Waltrip

o Greg Biffle

o Bobby Labonte

o Jeremy Mayfield

o Tony Stewart

o Brian Vickers

o Kevin Harvick

o Ricky Craven

o Elliott Sadler

o Jamie McMurray

o Jeff Green

o Kyle Petty

o Ken Schrader

o Brendan Gaughan

o Dale Jarrett

o Jeff Burton

o Kenny Wallace

o Buddy Baker

o Donnie Allison

o Benny Parsons

o Darrell Waltrip

o Jeff Hammond

o Mike Wallace

o Bill Elliot

o Richard Childress

o Ward Burton

o Larry McReynolds


The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research.


The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatrics?/span>, at Homestead Hospital is a completely renovated 14-bed pediatrics unit designed with a motorsports theme. The only dedicated pediatric unit in deep South Miami-Dade, its design is to make children feel as comfortable as possible during a hospital stay.


The 3rd Annual Hot Rods & Reels NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Drivers &Teams Charity Fishing Tournament takes place during the Ford Championship Weekend, November 18-21st at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, home of the season-finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series.


For more information visit (Click on Hot Rods & Reels). To order tickets to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Ford Championship Weekend, please call (305) 230-RACE or log on

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Individual Participation/

Corporate Incentive Packages

Corporate Donation $5,000

Individuals May Purchase on EBAY Click Here!


This unique opportunity offers corporations a unique marketing and promotional platform incorporating two of America's favorite pastimes --fishing and auto racing. There are a limited number of fifteen (15) boats for this package. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


Whether as a gift for a star employee or as a promotion for customers, this is an unforgettable experience.




v One (1) fully-equipped bass boat including guide and NASCAR celebrity for two (2) anglers.


v Each Participant will receive goodie bags, event shirts, hat, die cast boat, etc.


v Rod & reel combination with tackle box and assorted tackle.


v Tickets for NASCAR Craftsman Truck race Friday, Nov. 19.


v NASCAR garage tour access passes for Friday afternoon tour.


v Autographed memorabilia from NASCAR celebrity in their boat.


v Opportunity to take photos with other NASCAR celebrities.

v As a paid participant you will be eligible to win a chance to win the $1,000,000 Challenge.

For more complete sponsorship information

click here!