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02/16/06 Gatorade Duel 1 Daytona International Speedway

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03/19/06 TBA Atlanta Motor Speedway

03/26/06 TBA Bristol Motor Speedway

04/02/06 TBA Martinsville Speedway

04/09/06 TBA Texas Motor Speedway

04/22/06 TBA Phoenix International Raceway

04/30/06 TBA Talladega Superspeedway

05/06/06 TBA Richmond International Raceway

05/13/06 TBA Darlington Raceway

05/20/06 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge 

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05/28/06 TBA Lowe's Motor Speedway

06/04/06 TBA Dover International Speedway

06/11/06 TBA Pocono Raceway

06/18/06 TBA Michigan International Speedway

06/25/06 TBA Infineon Raceway

07/01/06 TBA Daytona International Speedway

07/09/06 TBA Chicagoland Speedway

07/16/06 TBA New Hampshire International Speedway

07/23/06 TBA Pocono Raceway

08/06/06 TBA Indianapolis Motor Speedway

08/13/06 TBA Watkins Glen International

08/20/06 TBA Michigan International Speedway

08/26/06 TBA Bristol Motor Speedway

09/03/06 TBA California Speedway

09/09/06 TBA Richmond International Raceway

09/17/06 TBA New Hampshire International Speedway

09/24/06 TBA Dover International Speedway

10/01/06 TBA Kansas Speedway

10/08/06 TBA Talladega Superspeedway

10/14/06 TBA Lowe's Motor Speedway

10/22/06 TBA Martinsville Speedway

10/29/06 TBA Atlanta Motor Speedway

11/05/06 TBA Texas Motor Speedway

11/12/06 TBA Phoenix International Raceway

11/19/06 TBA Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Race-Day Party for 8

Capture the excitement of a day at the track in your own home with these party tips and a flexible menu. When you plan ahead and keep the food simple, all you need is a quick pit stop in the kitchen, and you're ready to entertain!

Special Touches

Grandstand Ideas for Pumped-Up Decorations

Check the fabric store for black-and-white checked fabric to use as a tablecloth. Add splashes of color with bright red, orange or yellow plastic plates and cups.

Look for race car napkins at a party store, or alternate black and white napkins on the table. Wrap white plastic silverware in black napkins and black plastic silverware in white napkins. Tie up with string or rafia, and place in a basket on the buffet table.

Check with your local grocery or auto store to see if it has any racing promotional decorations, such as strings of checkered flags, posters, signs or doormats that you can use to decorate inside or outside your home.

Bring out that collection of miniature toy race cars to place on the buffet table. Set up a toy track and surround it with the food.

Make a racing ice ring for Pit Stop Punch. Start by filling a ring mold with about 1/2 inch of lemonade. Freeze. Wash and dry four or five miniature toy race cars; place with wheels facing up on frozen lemonade. Pour in another 1/4 to 1/2 inch of lemonade. Freeze. Pour in enough additional lemonade to fill ring. Freeze.

Set up tables as pit stops for beverages, desserts, etc.

Place white and black helium-filled balloons inside and outside the house. To add even more color, hang streamers in your favorite drivers' colors and post red, green, yellow and checkered flags.

Trophy-Winning Fun and Games

As guests arrive, invite them to predict:

What lap will the first lead change take place? When will the first caution flag come out? Who will be in the lead at the halfway point? Who will win the race? Tie the racing theme into the prizes for the games. Prizes could be gift certificates for gasoline or car wash, a gas can, road map, quart of oil or a toy car.

Preparation Guide

About 2 Weeks Ahead

Invite friends to party, asking them to come about 30 minutes before the race begins.

Make ice ring for Pit Stop Punch

1 Week Ahead

Make Beer-Cheese Triangles but before baking, freeze triangles in single layer on waxed paper. When frozen, transfer to an airtight container. Label and freeze.

1 Day Before

Marinate chicken wings; refrigerate.

Make Zesty Cheese Sauce cover and refrigerate.

Wash and cut up vegetable sticks. Refrigerate separately in resealable plastic bags.

Bake Peanut Butter Brownies.

The Morning Of

Make Pit Stop Punch; refrigerate.

Cut up fresh fruit; cover and refrigerate.

Place Blue Cheese Dressing in serving dish; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

About 1 Hours Before Serving

Bake chicken wings.

Make High-Test Cheeseburger Bake

About 15 Minutes Before Serving

Bake frozen Beer-Cheese Triangles.

Heat Zesty Cheese Sauce.

Just Before Serving Dessert

Make Finish Line Brownie Sundaes.



Race-Day Party for 8 Menu

Engine-Revving Chicken Wings withBlue Cheese Dressing

Beer-Cheese Triangles withZesty Cheese Sauce

Dipsticks (vegetable sticks with purchased dip)
High-Test Cheeseburger Bake

Fresh fruit
Finish Line brownie sundaes
Pit Stop Punch

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Rev-'em-Up Race Day Picnic for 12

No pit stops here! This tasty picnic, great for tailgating or eating in your backyard, will be gobbled up by race fans of any age.

This picnic is packed with easy, casual fare. If you like to tailgate before or after a race or ball game, bring everything with you, including a portable grill! We've loaded the menu with round foods to emphasize the race theme. For a turbo-boost of excitement, add the Special Touches below!

Special Toucbes

Purchase a black-and-white checkered paper tablecloth and both black and white napkins to signify the finish line flag. Stack the napkins in alternating colors. To fan them out, hold the stack with one hand and, with your other hand clenched in a fist, push down on the stack with your knuckles, twisting your wrist. Repeat several times. A large toy race car would make an eye-catching centerpiece.

PKeep the round theme going by using wagon-wheel pasta in the Speedway Pasta Salad and buying round tortilla chips! Then serve all the foods in or on round dishes.

POK, you've got us! The brownies aren't round! But you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar to look like the checkered flag at the finish line! Place 1-inch strips of waxed paper across the cooled brownies in one direction, about 1 inch apart. Cross them with strips in the other direction, about 1 inch apart. Spoon powdered sugar into a small strainer; sprinkle over the brownies by tapping the edge of the strainer with a spoon. Carefully remove the waxed paper.

PGive each party guest a "race pack," a small, resealable plastic bag filled with useful items for the race day: sample-size sunscreen lotion, tiny pack of tissues, chewing gum or hard candy and individual packets of wet wipes.

Preparation Guide

The Day Before or Earlier

Purchase items for race packs; assemble.

Purchase tablecloth, napkins and centerpiece, if necessary. Fan out napkins.

Up to 48 Hours Before

Prepare the Speedway Pasta Salad

Up to 24 Hours Before

Prepare the hamburger patties for Bacon Cheeseburgers for a Crowd ; wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Prepare the Milk Chocolate-Malt Brownies decorate to look like a checkered flag.

Prepare the Snickerdoodles

The Morning Before

Prepare the fruit, salad greens and the Orange Dressing (step 1) for the Orange-Strawberry Salad (do not assemble); cover and refrigerate.

About 15 Minutes Before

Grill Bacon-Cheeseburgers

Assemble Orange-Strawberry Salad.

Put out tortilla chips and salsa.

Rev-'em-Up Race Day Picnic for 12 Menu

Bacon-Cheeseburgers for a Crowd

Speedway Pasta Salad

Orange-Strawberry Salad

Tortilla chips and salsa

Milk Chocolate-Malt Brownies


Assorted beverages

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Race-Day Party for 8




Engine-Revving Chicken Wings

For those who love all the heat and fire that a chicken wing can deliver, we offer you this recipe. Hot sauce heat levels vary considerably, so choose wisely!

1 cup cayenne pepper sauce (hot sauce)

1 teaspoon garlic salt

24 chicken drummettes

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup Original Bisquick® mix

3/4 teaspoon onion salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Blue cheese dressing

1. Stir together hot sauce and garlic salt until blended. Pour over drummettes; cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

2. Heat oven to 450ºF. Melt butter in jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch, in oven. Stir together Bisquick mix, onion salt and peppers. Remove chicken from sauce; discard sauce. Coat chicken with Bisquick mixture. Place in single layer in pan.

3. Bake 25 minutes; turn and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and juice is no longer pink when centers of pieces are cut. Serve with dressing.


Beer-Cheese Triangles with Zesty Cheese Sauce

Bisquick® mix provides the base for these golden appetizers, and a salsa-and-bean sauce adds zip!

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

1/2 cup beer

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, meltedS

esame seed or poppy seed

Zesty Cheese Sauce (See Below)

1. Mix Bisquick mix, cheese and beer until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 20 strokes. Turn onto surface dusted with Bisquick mix; knead 5 times.

2. Roll dough into rectangle, 16x10 inches. Cut into 2-inch squares; cut squares diagonally in half. Spread with melted butter; sprinkle with sesame seed. Separate and place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze about 1 hour or until firm. Place frozen triangles in airtight container. Freeze up to 1 month.

3. To bake, heat oven to 450ºF. Place triangles on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Zesty Cheese Sauce.

Zesty Cheese Sauce

8 ounces process cheese spread loaf, cut into cubes

1/4 cup Old El Paso® salsa (any variety)

1/4 cup Old El Paso® refried beans

1. Heat all ingredients over low heat in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and sauce is hot.


Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Get all the great taste of a cheeseburger magically baked in a pie.

1 pound lean ground beef

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Cook beef and onion until beef is brown; drain. Spread in pie plate; sprinkle with salt and cheese.

2. Stir in remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.

3. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) Bake 30 to 35 minutes.


Peanut Butter Brownies

Brownies won’t get any better than this peanut butter and chocolate combo frosted with even more peanut butter. Yum!

1 package Betty Crocker® Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 to 3 eggs

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 egg

Peanut Butter Frosting, if desired (See Below)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease (or use cooking spray) bottom only of 13x9-inch rectangular pan. Stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup, water, oil and 2 eggs for fudgelike brownies (or 3 eggs for cakelike brownies) in medium bowl until well blended. Spread in pan.

2. Stir together brown sugar, peanut butter and egg. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto batter. Cut through batter several times with knife for marbled design.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean or almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Frost with Peanut Butter Frosting. For 32 brownies, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup (about 1/2 tub) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla ready-to-spread frosting

1/3 cup peanut butter

2 to 3 teaspoons milk

1. Stir together all ingredients, using spoon, until smooth and spreadable.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) Follow High Altitude directions on package for fudgelike or cakelike brownie batter. Continue as directed in recipe--except bake 33 to 38 minutes.


Pit Stop Punch

You may want to make a double recipe of this iced tea punch. It goes quickly!

4 cups brewed tea, chilled

4 cups cranberry-raspberry drink, chilled

Fresh mint sprig, if desired

1. Mix tea and cranberry-raspberry drink.

2. Serve over ice.

3. Garnish with mint

Rev-'em-Up Race Day Picnic for 12



Grilled Bacon-Cheeseburgers (Crowd Size)

Crispy bacon and tangy blue cheese dressing add their distinctive flavor to burgers cooked on the grill.

3 pounds lean ground beef

2 small onions, finely chopped

3/4 teaspoon pepper

12 hamburger buns, split and toasted

1 cup blue cheese dressing

12 slices bacon, crisply cooked and broken in half

1. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Mix beef, onions and pepper. Shape into 12 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick.

2. Cover and grill patties 3 to 4 inches from medium heat 10 to 11 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink in center and juice is clear.

3. Place burgers on bottom half of buns. Spoon dressing onto burgers; top each with 2 pieces of bacon. Top with top half of buns.


Speedway Pasta Salad

Italian flavors come together in this v eggie-laden pasta dish.

1 package (16 ounces) wagon wheel pasta or rotini pasta

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 cup reduced-fat Italian dressing

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves


1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 tablespoon fresh dried oregano leaves


1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

5 roma (plum) tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

1 large peeled or unpeeled cucumber, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

1 medium red onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.

2. Mix tomato sauce, dressing, basil and oregano in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; toss.

3. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled but no longer than 48 hours.


Orange-Strawberry Salad

A colorful salad, indeed! Lovely as part of a brunch buffet or terrific as a side to grilled poultry or beef.

Orange Dressing (See Below)

6 oranges, peeled and sliced

1 pint strawberry, sliced (2 cups)

Salad greens

1. Prepare Orange Dressing.

2. Serve oranges and strawberries on salad greens. Serve with dressing.

Orange Dressing

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons grated orange peel

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Shake all ingredients in tightly covered container.


Milk Chocolate-Malt Brownies

A luscious chocolate dessert with just a hint of malted milk flavor, everything you love about a chocolate shake in a brownie.

1 package (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup instant malted milk powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup malted milk balls, coarsely chopped

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.

2. Melt milk chocolate and butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently; remove from heat. Cool slightly. Mix in sugar, vanilla and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients except malted milk balls.

3. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with malted milk balls.

4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool. For 48 brownies, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.



They may have an unusual name, but these rich cinnamon-sugar cookies are great for the holidays or anytime you want a tasty cinnamon treat.

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400ºF.

2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.