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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Celebrate Hampton’s 400th anniversary with the hottest late model drivers at Langley Speedway during Hampton Heat event! --500 free tickets available to Hampton residents at Hampton Visitor Center--

On Saturday, July 10, 2010, Langley Speedway will host the Hampton Heat 200, one of the track’s largest annual races.  Hampton Heat occurs as part of Hampton’s 400th anniversary celebration July 8-11, 2010.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and festivities at the track culminate with the 200-lap (79-mile) Hampton Heat NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Division Stock Car event. 

Langley Speedway will make 500 free tickets available to Hampton residents beginning July 1, 2010, with a limit of four tickets per household.  The free tickets are available only at the  Hampton Visitor Center, located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in downtown Hampton.    The visitor center hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm.   Proof of Hampton residency in the form of an official state identification or residential utility bill must be shared.

Participating drivers will vie for the checkered flag on the track where racing greats Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Denny Hamlin began their careers.  Drivers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast are expected to participate. The winning driver will receive a cash prize of $10,000 from a purse of more than $34,000.

Festivities begin at 5:30 pm and racing gets underway at 7 pm.  In addition to the Late Model division event, Grand Stock, Super Trucks, Legends and UCar divisions will compete  See for schedule and details.

Admission fees for the Hampton Heat event are $10.00 Adults, $8.00 Military (Active or Retired) and Senior Citizens (60 & Over), and $5.00 Children ages 6-12.  Admission is free for race fans under age 5.  A special Family Pack admission rate of $25.00 admits 2 adults and 2 children.  Advance tickets can be purchased in the Langley Speedway office Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm at the gate.  Parking is free. There is no charge for the children’s activity area.

The race will run in two segments of 100 laps.  There will be a 15-minute pit stop between segments. 

Driver Schedule: 
9 am – Pits Open
9:30 am – Inspection Begins
12 – 2:15 pm – LMSC Practice
4:15 pm – Qualifying
9 pm – Hampton Heat 200

Event schedule:

5:30 pm                       Concession and children’s area opens

6:15-6:45 pm               Fans are invited to the Pit Tour for an autograph session

6:45 pm                       Victory Lane presentation to the City of Hampton
                                    Welcoming Remarks by City Manager Mary Bunting

6:55 pm                       Invocation by Rev. Potter, Langley Speedway Chaplain
                                    Followed by the National Anthem
7:00 pm                       Langley Speedway racing gets underway

8:45 pm                       Hampton Heat parade
“Gentlemen Start Your Engines” command given by Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting

9:00 pm                       HAMPTON HEAT 

A longtime member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and a NASCAR Home Track, Langley Speedway is a .395-mile, slightly-banked oval. The track is located at 11 Dale Lemonds Dr., off North Armistead Ave., in Hampton, Va.  To learn more about Langley Speedway, fans may call the Speedway office at (757) 865-RACE or consult the track’s Web site —

            Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.  Hampton is the site of America’s first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater and the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center.  Hampton is also home to the Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, Langley Speedway,  among others.

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