INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2012) – Tony Stewart Racing, Bass Pro Shops and Arctic Cat are proud to announce that they will host a public VIP event at the Bass Pro Shops store located in Altoona, Iowa, Tuesday, Aug. 7. Race fans from around the country are invited to attend the event, which will feature a bowling tournament with 20-time World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Steve Kinser, as well as a public unveiling of the “Smoke” special edition car that Kinser will pilot at the 2012 Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals.

The VIP event at the Altoona store is from 3 to 5 p.m. CDT. Race fans holding tickets for the 2012 Knoxville Nationals can sign up for a chance to bowl as part of Kinser’s team upon arriving at the store, located off I-80 at 1000 Bass Pro Drive NW in Altoona.

The complete schedule:

Knoxville Nationals VIP Event – All Times CDT

3 p.m.              Knoxville Nationals ticket holders entering the store can register to win a chance to bowl alongside Kinser.

3:30 p.m.         Kinser’s 2012 Knoxville Nationals car unveiling.

3:45 p.m.         Photo opportunity with car and Kinser.

4 p.m.              VIP bowling.

5 p.m.              Event concludes. VIP bowler prize packs presented.

One VIP winner will be selected to win a “Pit Crew Prize Package” that will include the opportunity to be an honorary pit crew member on Kinser’s No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/JD Byrider/Chevrolet Performance team for the Wednesday-night (Aug. 8) preliminary event. The winner will receive Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and Bass Pro Shops apparel, as well be included in the winner’s circle celebration should Kinser win the 2012 Knoxville Nationals title.

Pit Crew Prize Package

  • Two tickets to Tony Stewart’s personal suite at Knoxville Raceway for the Saturday Night Finale of the 2012 Knoxville Nationals.
  • The opportunity to serve as honorary pit crew members on Kinser’s team for the Wednesday-night Aug. 8 preliminary event.
  • Apparel and merchandise from TSR, Steve Kinser Racing, Bass Pro Shops and Knoxville Raceway.
  • Crew jerseys from the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops team.
  • Inclusion in the winner’s circle celebration following the A-main of the Knoxville Nationals should Kinser win the title.

Bass Pro Shops, one of America’s premier outdoor retailers, has also introduced the 2012 “Smoke” Arctic Cat Wildcat ATV giveaway. With a promotional tour including more than 20 stops at various Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores and selected racing events, the “Smoke” Wildcat tour will include appearances in various Bass Pro Shops retail stores around the country, as well as several WoO Sprint Series and USAC Racing events in 2012. The schedule includes a presence at all of the marquee events at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Race fans will have an opportunity to enter to win this one-of-a-kind, custom-designed 2012 “Smoke” Arctic Cat Wildcat ATV. The Wildcat’s paint scheme reflects the partnership between the Bass Pro Shops brand and TSR.

The 2012 “Smoke” Wildcat provides race fans a unique opportunity to take home one of Arctic Cat’s latest ATV innovations while supporting Bass Pro Shops’ extensive motorsports program. The outdoor retailer is the primary sponsor of TSR’s No. 11 WoO Sprint Car Series entry and Kinser. In addition to the brand’s WoO involvement, Bass Pro Shops also participates in NASCAR, NHRA and the USAC Racing Series with its sportsman racing teams.

The “Smoke” Wildcat, which is a custom-built 2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000i H.O. ATV is an industry favorite and offers some of the most innovative features available.

Key 2012 Arctic Cat ‘Smoke’ Wildcat 1000i H.O. ATV specifications:

·         A one-of-a-kind Tony Stewart “Smoke” brand paint scheme.

·         Minimum age for vehicle is 16 years.

·         Side-by-Side Ride ATV

·         14-inch Aluminum Rims

·         18 inches of Rear Suspension Travel

·         Ultradurable Exoskeleton Frame

·         LED Lighting

·         Tilt Steering

·         95-inch wheelbase, 120-inch overall length

·         300-pound Rear Rack Capacity

·         Electronic Power Steering

·         Hydraulic Front and Rear Disc Brakes

·         951cc Engine Displacement

·         1000 H2 EFI Engine

J.D. Byrider, TSR partner and associate sponsor of the No. 11 World of Outlaws entry driven by Kinser, provides the tow vehicle for the 2012 “Smoke” Wildcat effort.

The “Smoke” Wildcat will be on display at numerous racing events during the 2012 season and will tentatively make stops in up to eight states at more than 15 racing events. The schedule will also include stops at Bass Pro Shops retail stores located in Concord, N.C., Altoona, Harrisburg, Pa., Gurnee, Ill., East Peoria, Ill., Portage, Ind., Rossford, Ohio, and Clarksville, Ind., over the course of the promotion. Entry forms are available at participating racing events and retail stores from May 22 to Nov. 5. To enter, complete an official entry form or hand print your name, complete address, daytime phone number, email address and date of birth on a 3-by-5-inch piece of paper and deposit it in an official ballot box at one of the promotional events by its close. No mechanical reproductions will be accepted. On or about Dec. 12, a random drawing will be conducted by Promotion Mechanics, Inc., an independent judging organization, from among all eligible entries received.

Race fans around the country can enter to win tickets for the 2013 Knoxville Nationals at Bass Pro Shops retail stores beginning July 23, 2012. Locations with entry opportunities will include Altoona, Council Bluffs, Iowa, East Peoria, Bolingbrook, Ill., Gurnee, Ill., Olathe, Kan., Independence, Mo., Columbia, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., Springfield, Mo., Clarksville, Rossford, Cincinnati, and Harrisburg, Pa.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops, TSR, J.D. Byrider or Arctic Cat, go to www.basspro.com, www.tonystewartracing.com, www.arcticcat.com or www.jdbyrider.com.

About Bass Pro Shops Group

Bass Pro Shops – 58 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 113 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 150,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit http://www.basspro.com/” target=”_blank”> www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide. Visit http://www.trackerboats.com/” target=”_blank”> www.trackerboats.com

Resort Group – Big Cedar Lodge and other resort properties including restaurants and golf course. Visit http://www.bigcedar.com/” target=”_blank”> www.bigcedar.com for more information.

About Tony Stewart Racing

 Tony Stewart Racing is the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and USAC Racing Series teams owned by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The team fields two entries in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series – the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet/Maxim for 20-time series champion Kinser and the No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet/J&J for four-time series champion Schatz. TSR also fields entries for seven-time USAC champion Levi Jones and Bobby East. Based in Brownsburg, Ind., TSR operates out of a 25,000-sqaure-foot facility. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.TonyStewartRacing.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing and on Twitter at @TonyStewart_rcg.