Auto Body Panels Short Track Specials Opens 2002 Racing At Kentucky Speedway
Kentucky Speedway launched its 2002 season with three races on the facility's paved quarter-mile track in "The Auto Body Panels Short Track Special" in front of 12,093 fans Friday night.
Baby Grand Series Region C began the feature racing action, and, for the second straight year, Troy Turner of Lexington, Ky., came out atop the 20-car field. "This is my home track and I have a lot of fans up there," Turner said. "It feels real good to win here."
The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series took to the Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile for a 50-lap battle that was won by Joe Wormcastle of Fort Wayne, Ind., in the Whitwer Construction Chevrolet.
"This isn't a very big track so I had to slowly work my way to the front," Wormcastle said. "I was bumped a few times, but never spun out and was able to keep control. That's racing."
Wormcastle was followed by Paul Hahn of Canton, Mich., and 2001 Kentucky Speedway ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Champion Chad Guinn, Erie, Mich.
The USAC National Midget Car Series closed out the feature action with a 50-lap feature that saw Michael Lewis hold off J.J. Yeley for the win. Ron Gregory placed third in the finale.
For Lewis, driver of the No. 11 Phil Reed/Electronic Chrome & Grinding - A.J. Foyt Racing/Pink Ford, it was the second win of the year and fourth of his career.
"We had a decent car, but we weren't the best out there," Lewis said. "I just had to stay on my line. J.J. helped me by giving me a little push through the turns."
Race action continues Saturday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m., when the ARCA RE/MAX Series takes the green flag for the inaugural "Channel 5-155." Gates open at 3:00 p.m., and the day of family entertainment will feature a concert by country singer Chely Wright and a special "Mom's Garage" tent on the speedway concourse.
Tickets for "The Channel 5-155" are still available and can be purchased at speedway. Ticket windows open at 2:00 p.m. Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com for ticket information.