Countdown Continues To Kentucky's First NASCAR Busch Series Race
Buoyed by a strong field led by NASCAR Busch Series points leader Kevin Harvick, two-time 2001 winner Greg Biffle, 2000 series champion Jeff Green and former series champions Randy LaJoie and David Green, Kentucky Speedway is preparing for its biggest event of the 2001 season, the inaugural $1.15 million dollar "Outback Steakhouse 300."
Kentucky Speedway's purse is believed to be one of the top three on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit this season. A capacity crowd of more than 66,000 tri-state race fans are expected to see which driver will make their mark as Kentucky's initial NASCAR Busch Series winner and take home the championship check of $82,000. A full field of 43 NASCAR Busch Series cars is expected to qualify.
The 2001 speedway traffic plan has been improved to include a third Northbound lane on I-71, overhead lane lights on SR 35 and more asphalt in the main parking areas. Corporations in the Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington area have joined together to support Kentucky racing. All of the track's 50 suites are sold out and, to date, more than 5,000 people will be entertained in the speedway's Hospitality Village during the event.
Although "The Outback Steakhouse 300" is the 16th event of the 33-race Busch Series season, Kentucky Speedway will be an important stop on the on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule because of a tight series points race. Heading into the May 26 race at Charlotte, the top two drivers, Harvick and Jeff Green, are separated by only 71 points.
Kentucky Speedway is nestled in Northern Kentucky off I-71 north of Louisville and southwest of Greater Cincinnati. The track, completed in June 2000, was built on 1,000 acres of Kentucky bluegrass. The infield features 104 identical double garage door stalls in two garage areas, which face the grandstands. Fans can see the entire racetrack from the 66,089 seats. During its first season, 300,000 fans visited the racetrack. Stand alone attendance records were set for NASCAR All Pro, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and ARCA Re/Max Series.
Tickets still remain for all events this year at Kentucky Speedway.