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Jayski.com: Chase University college student program returns to Talladega

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Chase University is returning to Talladega Superspeedway for the track's NASCAR double header weekend, May 6-7. After a successful, initial venture last fall, NASCAR's Most Competitive track is again partnering with the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Chase Elliott, for the special "Chase U" $24 college student ticket offer.

As a part of the program, Elliott, who sits second in NASCAR's premier series standings, is scheduled to visit the "Chase U" college zone, located in the North Park Campground, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The second-generation driver and son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will host a question and answer session and mingle with fans throughout the tailgate area.

The "Chase U" ticket package at NASCAR's Party Capital is available to all college students with a valid student ID. It includes a host of benefits that students are sure to enjoy at an incredible price:

• Free Camping/Parking for tailgating in the "Chase U" College Zone of North Park
• Free Admission to Friday evening's "Big One on the Blvd." Driver Parade and Fan Competitions
• Free Admission to the Traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert featuring The Charlie Daniels Band
• Free Tram Service - in and out of the track - for Friday's Big One on the Blvd. & Saturday's Infield Concert
• Seating in the Gadsden (at exit of Turn Four) Grandstand
• Ability to bring your own cooler into the Gadsden Grandstand (soft-sided, maximum size of 14"x14"x14", no glass) filled with your favorite snacks and beverages
• A chance to be a part of the Party Capital of NASCAR!

"Talladega Superspeedway fans know how to party," said Elliott, the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year. "The program makes for a memorable experience with plenty of entertainment for college students at an incredible price."

"We have a vast amount of colleges and universities within easy driving distance to our venue," said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. "They come from all over - Alabama, Auburn, Troy, LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, and many more. We have great support from our local institutions like UAB, Jacksonville State, Gadsden State, Talladega College and others. Having Chase as a part of our college programming has provided these students a great opportunity."

Elliott left his mark on Talladega a year ago as a rookie, winning the pole position in his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega - the 2016 GEICO 500. It came 30 years to the day that his father Bill captured the pole at Talladega. Bill owns the track qualifying mark of 212.809 mph, set in the spring of 1987. Chase finished fifth a year ago in the GEICO 500 after leading 27 laps. He came back to Talladega last fall with a ninth-place effort, heading the field for nine circuits.

For more information on Talladega Superspeedway's college initiative log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/ChaseU or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.

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