Corporate, Civic and Racing Leaders Named Honorary September Race Officials
SPARTA, Ky. - Lexington, Ky., Police Chief Ron Bastin, four-time Kentucky Speedway ARCA Racing Series (ARS) winner Frank Kimmel, ZLOOP Consumer and Electronics Recycling Centers (CERC) CMO Bob LaBarge, ZLOOP Chairman Bob Boston along with President of Disabled Racers Aaron Grosskopf will serve honorary roles for Kentucky Speedway's doubleheader race weekend made up of Friday's ARS ZLOOP™ 150 and Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Kentucky 300.
Bastin will be the honorary starter and send the NNS Kentucky 300 field roaring into Turn 1 when he waves the first green flag of the race just after 8 p.m. Kimmel will be the race grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines.
Chief Bastin earned the honorary starter spot during the August Top Cop Challenge. The competition was created by Kentucky Speedway to thank law enforcement officers for their efforts in making speedway events a success as well as for year-round public safety initiatives. Sixteen officers representing eight Kentucky and Ohio jurisdictions turned laps in Richard Petty Driving Experience cars on the speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval to determine team and individual winners. Bastin was quickest among the highest-ranking officers who raced.
Kimmel resides in nearby Clarksville, Ind., and is on the verge of capturing his 10th ARS championship in his No. 44 ThorSport Racing machine. He has raced to 79 victories through 466 ARS since 1991, including four at Kentucky Speedway, and is one victory away from taking the all-time series victories crown from legend Iggy Katona, who competed from 1953-1977.
Grosskopf will be the ARS ZLOOP 150 grand marshal while LaBarge and Boston will be the co-honorary starters for the speedway's 20th series event since 2000.
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1, Grosskopf, 23, founded DisabledRacers.com in Charlotte, N.C., to build awareness for the needs of disabled people who wish to get involved in simulated racing and provide a place where those racers can communicate while working together to find resources for equipment. In the past year, he befriended ARS rookie and ZLOOP Racing competitor Justin Boston, leading to Friday's opportunity.
LaBarge and Boston will represent the speedway's ARS event title sponsor, ZLOOP CERC, the only national franchise to guarantee the safe and secure disposal of eWaste. The company will accept select small electronics for recycling at its display near speedway Gate 15 throughout the event weekend. ZLOOP CERC will accept cell phones, smart phones, PDA's, laptops, tablets, printers, plotters, tabletop copy and fax machines, keyboards, mice, SCSI/USB/DVI video cables, wires and cords, switches, hubs, routers, tape drives, hard drives, two-way radios, radio scanners, cb radios, non-biohazard testing equipment, scanning and bar coding equipment as well as UPS, US Postal Service and FedEx equipment. Ink and laser toner cartridges, televisions, computer monitors and medical equipment WILL NOT be accepted.
Tickets, special packages, daily infield Fan Zone passes - that provide a trackside view of driver introductions, pit road access and more - along with campsites can be purchased through the tickets and camping pages of this website, through (859) 578-2300 and the speedway offices at 1 Speedway Drive, Sparta, Ky., 41086.
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