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Ultimate Road Trip Winners Kick Off Trip

8/18/2008

“Ultimate Road Trip” Sweepstakes Prize is Auto Travel Showcase

PHOENIX (August 18, 2008) – This weekend, Best Western International and AAA sent two lucky race fans on the “Ultimate Road Trip.”

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 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 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® 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 and Roush Fenway Racing 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 “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 www.youtube.com/bestwesterntv. Trip activities also will be documented through photos and journal entries at 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 to Louisville, Ky. Visit Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom 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; 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®, 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®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.