Kentucky Speedway announced today that Auto Body Panels (ABP), Inc., will be the title sponsor of the May 10 "Short Track Special" featuring the USAC National Midget Car Series, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and Baby Grand Stock Car Series on the speedway's paved quarter-mile oval.

The "ABP Short Track Special" kicks off the 2002 opening weekend at Kentucky Speedway, which also features the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5-155" and pre-race concert by country music artist Chely Wright on May 11. "As a member of the Greater Cincinnati business community, we're excited Kentucky Speedway is here," ABP Vice President and General Manager Mark Purtilar said. "We're one of the numerous companies that make up 'Auto Alley' in the I-75 corridor, so our involvement with Kentucky Speedway is a nice fit geographically because we reach a lot of local race fans. Fans previously had to travel to Bristol, Tenn., Indianapolis or Michigan to see the best in auto racing, so we're happy Kentucky Speedway is here and to be a part of its 2002 season."

ABP is based in Sharonville, Ohio, and supplies auto body shops and retail customers through eight branch offices in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana. Each office carries a full line of replacement body parts, automotive abrasives, paint supplies, patch panels and spray guns for more than 30 domestic and import nameplates. ABP supplies also are available through the company's Web site at

"We are excited to have Auto Body Panels join our 2002 event sponsorship team. They are a great group, and it proves what we've been saying all along, that companies, both large and small, will benefit from an association with Kentucky Speedway," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Our opening weekend sponsorship group is now complete as Auto Body Panels joins Channel 5 WLWT-TV and B-105 WUBE-FM. Just like our fans, May 10 can't get here fast enough as we're ready to open the gates and go racing," he added.

Tickets for all 2002 events, including the return of the NASCAR Busch Series on June 15 to Kentucky Speedway, are on sale now and can be purchased in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At and all retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.