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PHOENIX, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, Best Western International and AAA sent two lucky race fans on the "Ultimate Road Trip."

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030627/BESTWESTERNLOGO)

As grand prize winners of the Best Western - AAA "Ultimate Road Trip" sweepstakes, Boyd Alldredge and his wife Nancy, of St. Joseph, Mo., began a nine-day road trip from Michigan to North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures


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 on Sunday. They are traveling in style -- in a street-legal version of the No. 99 Best Western Toyota Camry race car.

The trip began with Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3.22 km), moderate-banked, D shaped superspeedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres [1] near Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan.  and the Alldredges continue their 1,138-mile journey through August 25, visiting the nation's top attractions, theme parks and Best Western hotels. Their journey will be guided by a TripTik(R) Travel Planner provided by AAA.

"This is definitely different than anything we've ever done before -- we're huge race fans and are excited about the race in Michigan," said Alldredge. "We look forward to driving the No. 99 car."

The road trip concludes August 25 with a visit to Raceworld USA and tours of the Michael Waltrip Racing Michael Waltrip Racing Holdings LLC, doing business as Michael Waltrip Racing, competes as a racing team in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series. The team was one of the first three to spearhead Toyota's entry into Nextel Cup and Busch Series competition  and Roush Fenway Racing Roush Fenway Racing (formerly Roush Racing) is a racing team competing in NASCAR racing. As one of NASCAR's largest premier racing teams, Roush runs teams in the NEXTEL Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck series.  shops near Charlotte, N.C. The Alldredges are also scheduled to appear on two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip's XM Radio show -- Michael Waltrip Michael Curtis Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is a professional race car driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. He is the younger brother of Darrell Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR champion (now retired).  "Out Loud."

"I can't wait for Mr. Alldredge to share with my listeners everything that he saw and experienced on the ultimate road trip," said Michael Waltrip, long-time spokesperson for Best Western. "Everyone here at Waltrip Racing is looking forward to seeing the Best Western car pull in to town."

The public can view video of the Alldredges as they make their way south, by accessing Best Western's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/bestwesterntv. Trip activities also will be documented through photos and journal entries at http://www.aaa.com/Motorsports. The winners also received pre-paid gas cards to fuel their tour across the eastern United States. The itinerary includes:

AAA - Best Western "Ultimate Road Trip" Itinerary

Sun., Aug. 17 (59.4 miles) -- Attend Sprint Cup Series race in Brooklyn, Mich. Following the race, drive south to Napoleon, Ohio; overnight stay at the Best Western Napoleon Inn & Suites in Napoleon, Ohio.

Mon., Aug. 18 (176.6 miles) -- Napoleon, Ohio to Kings Mills (Cincinnati), Ohio. Visit Kings Island theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Mariemont Inn in Cincinnati.

Tues., Aug. 19 (123.1 miles) -- Kings Mills, Ohio Kings Mills is an unincorporated community in the northeastern corner of Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio, United States, on the western shore of the Little Miami River.  to Louisville, Ky. Visit Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom This article or section is written like an .
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 theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Green Tree Inn in Clarksville, Ind.

Wed., Aug. 20 (92.4 miles) -- Clarksville, Ind. to Lexington, Ky. Visit Kentucky Horse Park Coordinates:

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; overnight stay at the Best Western Parkside Inn in Frankfort, Ky.

Thurs., Aug. 21 (46.0 miles) -- In Lexington area, visit the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky.; overnight stay at the Best Western Parkside Inn.

Fri., Aug. 22 (312.7 miles) -- Lexington, Ky. to Boone, N.C. Stop en route at Cumberland Gap National Park in Kentucky; overnight stay at the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza in Boone, N.C.

Sat., Aug. 23 (118.9 miles) -- Special event in Bristol, Tenn. Overnight stay at the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza

Sun., Aug. 24 (110.5 miles) -- Boone, N.C. to Charlotte, N.C. Visit Carowinds theme park; overnight stay at the Best Western Crown Suites in Pineville, N.C.

Mon., Aug. 25 (44.7 miles) -- Visit the race shops in Concord and Cornelius, N.C.; depart via Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

ABOUT AAA

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 51 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL

Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R), providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. An industry pioneer since 1946, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Best Western's diverse property portfolio, its greatest strength, stems from a business model designed to give owners maximum flexibility to address market-specific needs. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a five-year mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. Since 2004, Best Western has served as the Official Hotel of NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla. (R). For more information or to make a reservation, please visit http://www.bestwestern.com/.
  * Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

   CONTACTS:
   Heather Wright                 Kelly Schwartz      Christie Hyde
   Best Western International     Allison & Partners  AAA
   (602) 957-5752                 (480) 776-6412      (407) 444-8003
   heather.wright@bestwestern.com kelly@allisonpr.com chyde@national.aaa.com



CONTACT: Heather Wright of Best Western International, +1-602-957-5752, heather.wright@bestwestern.com; or Kelly Schwartz of Allison & Partners, +1-480-776-6412, kelly@allisonpr.com, for Best Western International; or Christie Hyde of AAA, +1-407-444-8003, chyde@national.aaa.com

Web site: http://www.bestwestern.com/ http://www.aaa.com/Motorsports
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