The NASCAR All Pro Series tested for the first time at the new Kentucky Speedway on Wednesday afternoon. As a result of the session, "The Kentucky 150" on Friday night June 16, 2000 will be run with restrictor plates. Speeds on the 1.5 mile tri-oval will be approximately 150-153 mph.

Spanks Overbeck from Cincinnati, driving the #79 Aramark Racing Chevrolet conducted the test in association with NASCAR All Pro Series Officials. Overbeck said, "These cars were originally designed for short track racing so this is a big change of pace for us. So, running with restrictor plates will keep the speeds slower and the competition a lot tighter and its going to be a lot better for the fans."

The test on the brand new track was a treat for Overbeck, who is about to finish his collegiate education at the University of Cincinnati. "The track is great!! The car was working real well. There's good visibility all the way around. I think where the grandstands are is going to be great for the fans because that's where I was feeling my most speed sensation. Coming out of turn four you almost get a downhill run and you can just accelerate. It's going to be exciting."

The $152 million dollar Kentucky Speedway, co-owned by Jerry Carroll, is on schedule for its grand opening, June 16th & 17th featuring NASCAR All-Pro and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. The new facility has a paved, 1.5 mile tri-oval track with 14 degree banking in the turns and lighting for nighttime events. Phase I will have 65,989 grandstand seats, 50 luxury suites, and a 210-seat private, glass-enclosed Kentucky Club. Phase II, which will include a dirt track and drag-strip racing facilities, can expand the venue to 120,000 seats with 120 luxury suites on the 1,000 acre complex located 35 miles south of Cincinnati, OH in Northern Kentucky.

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