Multi-platinum country recording artist Travis Tritt, along with musicians Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Kellie Coffey, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, Phil Vassar, Aaron Lines, Emerson Drive, Sawyer Brown and other major acts will headline the Country Stampede Presented by Belterra Casino Resort at Kentucky Speedway June 6-8.

Country Stampede, which originated in Manhattan, Kan., in 1995, expands its national reach for 2003 and will become the first three-day musical event in the four-year history of Kentucky Speedway. The festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 tri-state music fans.

In addition to hosting pre-race concerts staged in conjunction with its weekend events, the speedway's other musical ventures have included the 2001 "Warped Tour" and the 2000 Metallica "Summer Sanitorium" Tour, which attracted more than 52,000 fans to the infield of the $155-million facility.

"We are ready for three-days of great country music," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis. "Kentucky Speedway has earned a reputation for hosting large, wide-open, fun-for-the-whole-family entertainment and Country Stampede will not disappoint. This is a fantastic partnership, and we are honored Country Stampede has chosen Kentucky Speedway as the site to expand into this region of the United States."

Other high caliber acts already committed to the line-up include comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins and Jolie Edwards.

Weekend and single-day general admission concert tickets are available from the speedway at 1-888-652-RACE and online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com and www.tickets.com. Reserved and VIP concert tickets, as well as Preferred, Reserved and General camping passes are available direct from Country Stampede by phone at 1-800-795-8091. Fans also can obtain a printable mail-in order form on the Country Stampede site at www.countrystampede.com.

"Kentucky Speedway is a perfect strategic partner for Country Stampede," said Wayne Rouse, president of Country Stampede. "Like Country Stampede, Kentucky Speedway is deep rooted in delivering first class events and customer satisfaction. This attitude, combined with the logistics of the site will create a fun-filled, top-quality experience for our festival patrons." The Eighth Annual Country Stampede will be held in Manhattan, Kans., June 26-29, 2003.

Kentucky Speedway features both a 1.5-mile tri-oval and quarter-mile short track. The speedway opens its 2003 season May 9-10 with the return of the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the "Channel 5-205" and Legends Series race with NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars. Racing continues June 13-14 when the NASCAR Busch Series convenes to contest "The Meijer 300" and the NASCAR Hills Bros. All-Pro Series runs "The Kentucky 150." The July 11-12 weekend features the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Kentucky 225" and NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 150." The Indy Racing League will provide the season finale August 16-17 with "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series "Kentucky 100." Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com or phone 1-888-652-RACE (7223) for complete race schedule and ticket information.

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