Friday, April 11, 2014

NASCAR races to serve as qualifying events for famed hot dog eating contest

(Illustration courtesy of NathansFamous.com)

Fans who attend an upcoming NASCAR event at Charlotte, Pocono or Sonoma will have the opportunity to do more than simply watch the race. These fans will also have the chance to qualify for the biggest competitive eating event of the year: the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest on July 4.

Here are some more details courtesy of Motor Sports Talk:

The first NASCAR-themed qualifier will be on May 24, the day before the Coca-Cola 600. But instead of taking place at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the event will be part of the Speed Street celebration in downtown Charlotte.

The second NASCAR-themed qualifying event will be at Pocono Raceway on June 7, and the third and final qualifier will be at Sonoma Raceway on the morning of June 22, just a few hours before the start of that day’s scheduled Toyota/SaveMart 350 Sprint Cup race.

All in all, there will be 13 qualifying events to punch a ticket to Brooklyn. Each male and female contestant who downs the most dogs at each qualifier will earn a spot in the final field.

Here's a look at the dates and locations of each qualifier:

April 26: Las Vegas, NV (New York-New York Hotel & Casino)

May 3: Houston, TX (Memorial Mall)

May 17: St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium)

May 24: Charlotte, NC (Speed Street celebration)

May 31: Bloomingdale, IL (Kmart)

June 1: St. Paul, MN (Dixie’s Stage, 695 Grand Avenue)

June 7: Long Pond, PA (Pocono Raceway)

June 7: Savannah, GA (River Street)

June 15: Queens, NY (Citifield Plaza)

June 21: Boston, MA (Government Center)

June 21: East Rutherford, NJ (State Fair Meadowlands)

June 22: Sonoma, CA (Sonoma Raceway)

June 29: Cleveland, OH (Crocker Park Shopping Center)

You have to be 18 or older to compete.

Photo: NathansFamous.com

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