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BofA giving away race tickets

NASCAR fans whose budgets have tightened in the economic downturn won't have to splurge for tickets to next month's Bank of America 500 – as long as they give the race's sponsor some business.

Charlotte-based Bank of America will give two tickets to the race at Lowe's Motor Speedway to each person who opens a checking account and applies for a credit card in the NASCAR Banking program. Along with seats in the Turn 4 Club section, fans will get free food and a chance to meet Sprint Cup drivers Kasey Kahne and Reed Sorenson.

High gas prices curbed crowds at the speedway's last Sprint Cup race, the May 25 Coca-Cola 600.

Bank of America will give away race tickets at its 64 Charlotte-area branches through Oct. 8 – three days before the Bank of America 500. The bank bought 1,600 tickets at a discount, which translates to a goal of 800 new NASCAR Banking accounts.