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Posted: Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:00 am

OK, since the big football game doesn’t start until late afternoon, everybody’s got some time to do a little planning before the parties start.

Well, what better thing to think about than the next big party after the Super Bowl. After all, we’ve all got to have something to look forward to once the realization sinks in that football is done for a while.

And that reason to revel would be two weeks from today when Odessa CrimeStoppers gets the new NASCAR season in gear with its sixth annual “Daytona 500 West Texas Style” at the Commemorative Air Force hangar. That would be Feb. 15 for those who are calendar-impaired.

This, of course, is in honor of stock car racing’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. And, yes, that is sort of strange to have the biggest event of the year at the start of the season instead of at the end.

But those who love to watch fast cars make lots of left turns and occasionally crash into each other don’t need to worry about such odd scheduling.

All they know is the race affords them the opportunity to gorge themselves with food and drink (with luck, they will have recovered from today’s festivities by then). They also can enjoy the race on big-screen televisions with a few hundred close friends. And to fill in the time before the race and during commercial breaks, CrimeStoppers has supplementary entertainment planned that includes drawings for door prizes, trivia contests and a silent auction with a lot of stuff autographed by the guys driving those race cars.

Susan Rogers, CrimeStoppers executive director, said there was a bit of concern that a slumping economy might put a damper on the festivities. But she said CrimeStoppers board members got to work and drummed up a lot of interest. “We’re doing OK. I think we’ll be as good as last year.” And she added that the VIP section, which features recliners and sofas for those who like all the comforts of home at the event “pretty much sold out in the first 24 hours. I think maybe we have one spot left.” But Rogers said corporate tables that include goodies such as a snack package and party favors still are available, as are individual tickets.

Tables for eight are $500. Individual tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Endless Horizons. At the door, they will be $35. The price of admission also includes a meal.

Rogers said additional information can be obtained by calling 332-8477 or accessing odessacrimestoppers.org.

She said there are a few different wrinkles this year.

Since the race starts later this year, doors open at 1 p.m., which is about an hour-and-a-half before the first flag is waved.

And to ensure tummies will be full before the race begins, Rogers said this year’s event will be catered by Jack Jordan’s Bar-B-Q. “They assured us there will be plenty of food.”

Partygoers also will be able to get their hands on some of this year’s Daytona 500 merchandise, either by drawing or auction.

Another interesting twist is that CrimeStoppers always likes to have some unique items in the silent auction that you just can’t find everywhere. One of the items that fits the description this time around is an old-fashioned metal kiddie pedal car. Rogers said this one is a replica of the Shelby Mustang. The fundraiser has now officially been around long enough to qualify as a tradition. Hey, that sounds like as good a reason as any to party.

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