The time has finally arrived for 12 NASCAR team Crew Chefs to match wills, wits and spices at the 2004 Crew Chef Challenge. This unique cook-off is scheduled to take place immediately following Nextel Cup qualifying. The grills can be found red hot and ready to go at the "Trackside" stage area in the infield of the raceway.

The chefs have spent countless hours carefully planning their culinary creations. The contestants, who represent many of the Nextel Cup teams, will grill their dish to perfection in front of a live audience. Just the right blends of herbs and spices have been considered, no garnish has been left unturned.

The Crew Chef judging panel includes race fans, local personalities and former Winston Cup Champion Benny Parsons. Each judge will award points in 4 categories: Taste, Creativity, Appearance and Showmanship. Fans will have the opportunity to join the action by casting their vote as well. The "Fan Fare" award was created to involve the crowd and raise money for Victory Junction. Each vote will cost $1, the chef with the most votes wins! The proceeds from this award will be donated to Victory Junction Gang Camp in the winning chef's name.

The Crew Chef Challenge "Corner Store" will open for business July 26. Shoppers will find a variety of merchandise along with "Taste of Victory" A Recipe Collection from the 2004 Crew Chef Challenge. The cookbook is officially licensed by NASCAR. A portion of the proceeds from all cookbook purchases will be donated to Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Crew Chef Challenge Corner Store can be found online at, just follow the Crew Chef.