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Wheels of Thunder IV returns to Cedar Point

Funcoast • Sep 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

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WHAT: Wheels of Thunder IV

WHEN: Aug. 16-18

WHERE: Cedar Point, One Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky

COST: Park admission

INFO: 419-627-2350 or cedarpoint.com

Trucks, cars, interactive displays and special appearances by drives await race fans as Wheels of Thunder returns to Cedar Point for the fourth consecutive year from Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 16-18.

Different drivers will visit the park every day, with public appearances planned for each day of the three-day event. Guests may also be able to win a special ride with their favorite driver. There will be vehicles and exhibits on display all three days near the Dodgem bumper cars on the park's main midway.

The event opens with ThorSport Racing Day on Aug. 16, with drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Visiting the park that day will be Johnny Sauter, who is in second place in Driver Championship Points, two-time winner Matt Crafton and another recent winner, Dakoda Armstrong, who won the Winchester 200 in Winchester, Va., earlier this summer.

In addition to driver appearances, there will also be three ThorSport trucks and the Michigan International Speedway's (MIS) interactive racing-themed trailer that features simulators, race video, helmets and driver suits.

On Aug. 17, NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya will be at the park to meet fans and sign autographs. Afterward, 34 lucky contest winners will take a ride on the Millenium Force roller coaster with him. Currently, he ranks 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and finished sixth in the Daytona 500. Besides the the MIS trailer, a Jeff Gordon Pepsi Show Car, a Pepsi transport truck, racing simulator and interactive tire changer will be on display.

That same morning, the park will host a scavenger hunt with winners earing a seat for a 30-minute ride on the Goodyear Blimp later that afternoon. The Blimp will cruise nearly 1,000 feet above ground and offer picturesque views of Cedar Point and Sandusky Bay. (Want to win? Just "Like" Cedar Point and the Goodyear Blimp on Facebook, and watch for clues in the days before the event.) Other prizes included front-of-the-line access to the ride of your choice, an opportunity to meet Montoya and other great prizes from Goodyear.

The Firelands Chapter of the Red Cross is also offering an opportunity for a ride on the Goodyear Blimp in its Ultimate Ride auction. Visit firelandsredcross.org for more information.

Wheels of Thunder will conclude on Aug. 18, when Mat Kenseth will make two special appearances at the park to meet fans and sign autographs. Afterward, 20 contest winners will be able to ride the Dodgems with him. Kenseth has already notched two wins this summer and is in sixth place in the points standings. The Jeff Gordon Pepsi Show Car, Pepsi transport truck, racing simulator and interactive tire changer will also be on display.

For more information about Wheels of Thunder, visit cedarpoint.com or call the park's general information line at 419-627-2350.

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