Kentucky Speedway has added a second race to its 2001 opening night schedule. The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will run a 50-lap feature on the speedway's ¼ mile track on Friday night, May 11, 2001. The ARCA Trucks will be coupled with the already announced USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Series event, "The Kentucky 50" providing an action packed start to the track's 2001 season.

"This is a great addition to our Friday, May 11th schedule. I know fans are going to enjoy our ¼ mile track and now we will have two prominent short track series running on the same night and at no additional cost to our fans," said Mark F. Cassis, Executive VP/General Manager of Kentucky Speedway.

The relatively new ARCA Lincoln Welders Series completed its inaugural season in '99, with 9 different winners in 15 events crowning Bill Withers as its first-ever champion while veteran Robbin Slaughter took the title in 2000. Slaughter, from Columbus, Ohio, won 4 races of the 16 races on the schedule and 3 poles during his championship run.

The ARCA trucks' teams race Ford Ranger's, Chevy S-10, GMC-15's, Dodge Dakota, and Toyota Tacoma's. These are purebred racing machines with "made for racing" flavor throughout its design. The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck features performance modified 4-cyclinder cast iron engine blocks, bumper-to-bumper racing chassis, and protective roll-cage assembly constructed by ARCA-approved manufacturers and template stock appearance bodies.

With the addition of this third race, opening weekend at Kentucky Speedway is loaded with action. Following the Friday night race schedule, the "700 WLW Day at the Races" will take place on Saturday, May 12th. The day features the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" with veteran Tim Steele as the defending champion. Also included in the day's activities will be celebrity races on the ¼ mile track with NASCAR Winston Cup drivers headlining the event and signing autographs.

Tickets are still available for all events this summer at Kentucky Speedway.