Obama‚Äôs NASCAR Tickets Go For Less Than Face Value‚Ä¶
Obama‚Äôs NASCAR Tickets Emblazoned With His Name Raffled Off For Charity, Go For Less Than Face Value‚Ä¶
Via Sporting News:
When President Barack Obama turned down free tickets to this weekend‚Äôs Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the track hoped to auction off the ‚Äúpresidential‚ÄĚ tickets to raise big money for charity.
Instead, the tickets went for less than face value.
The four tickets, which are emblazoned with Obama‚Äôs name and the White House address, were sold for $300. Bidding began at $100 and the tickets, which are for some of the best seats at the track, are valued at $110 each.
‚ÄúThough it didn‚Äôt create the frantic, high-paced competitive bidding that we had hoped, it did raise $300 for Speedway Children‚Äôs Charities,‚ÄĚ NHMS president Jerry Gappens said in a release from the track.
The two-week auction was won by Chesterfield, Mass. native Francine Slesinski, who has attended every NASCAR race at the speedway for the last 10 years.
‚ÄúFrancine got a great bargain, excellent seats to the biggest sporting event in New England and a one-of-a-kind collectible!‚ÄĚ Gappens said.
‚ÄúI planned on getting tickets anyway, but when I saw those up for auction I had to get them,‚ÄĚ Slesinski said.