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National Geographic Explorer to Film at RIR NASCAR Races

14 August 1997

RICHMOND, VA - The highly acclaimed television program "National Geographic 
EXPLORER" and host, Body Matson will visit Henrico County, Virginia's 
Richmond International Raceway September 4-6 filming NASCAR racing during the 
Commonwealth of Virginia's biggest sports weekend. "EXPLORER" will follow 
South Boston, Virginia's Jeff Burton in particular and chronicle his exploits 
before and during the September 6 Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 Winston 
Cup Series race.

New York City's Pangolin Pictures has been contracted by National Geographic 
Television to film the "Host Wrap" with Matson at Richmond International 
Raceway, Kevin Bachar will produce and direct the segment.

Pangolin Pictures produces documentary films for such distinguished clients 
as Discovery Channel, Reader's Digest, National Audubon Society, Disney and 
Fox TV, in addition to its efforts for National Geographic Television. 
"National Geographic EXPLORER" airs weekly on Turner Broadcasting. An air 
date for the Richmond International Raceway NASCAR segment featuring Jeff 
Burton hasn't been set.

"Pangolin Pictures and National Geographic Television are really excited 
about the idea of filming the "EXPLORER" host -- Boyd Matson -- at Richmond's 
September 6th Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400. With the numbers of NASCAR 
fans and viewers increasing rapidly, it is a subject that we are sure many 
viewers would love to watch," predicted producer/director Bachar.

Richmond International Raceway is the world's only motorsports facility that 
features NASCAR's top three series on the same weekend. In addition to the 
Saturday night Winston Cup Series race, "National Geographic EXPLORER" will 
be at RIR during the Friday night Autolite Platinum 250 "Showdown at 
Sundown!" Busch Series Grand National race and Thursday night Virginia is for 
Lovers 200 Craftsman Truck Series event.

By Richmond International Raceway Public Relations