Kentucky Speedway fans are invited to meet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and IZOD IndyCar Series (IICS) championship contenders during autograph sessions before they battle on the venue's 1.5-mile tri-oval track Oct. 1-2.

NCWTS competitors will make their second 2011 visit to speedway for the "Kentucky 225." This season's series championship race features an entertaining, competitive battle between Turner Motorsports' James Buescher, Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon, ThorSport Racing's Johnny Sauter and Red Horse Racing's Timothy Peters.

The Oct. 1 autograph session will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the speedway's Hospitality Village between Gate 18 and Gate 20. Drivers scheduled to participate are: Dakoda Armstrong (ThorSport Racing), Todd Bodine (Randy Moss Motorsports), James Buescher (Turner Motorsports), Joey Coulter (Richard Childress Racing), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), Brendan Gaughan(Germain Racing), Justin Lofton (Eddie Sharp Racing), Miguel Paludo (Red Horse Racing), Max Papis(Germain Racing) and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing). Buescher was the highest finishing title contender in first NCWTS Kentucky Speedway race of the season on July 7. He delivered a ninth-place "UNOH 225" performance while his closest championship rivals struggled to break into the top 10. Dillon drove his No. 3 truck to a 14th-place finish and took the checkered flag only two positions ahead of Peters in the No. 17 machine. Sauter brought his No. 13 truck home in 24th-place after encountering a transmission issue during a mid-race pit stop.

The IZOD IndyCar Series (IICS) "Kentucky 300" marks the second to last race of the 17-event season. Three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti and Will Power are locked in a nip-and-tuck battle for top series honors for the second straight season. Both will join series favorites Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and more stars for a full-field autograph session on Sunday, October 2 at 10:15 a.m., in the IICS Village in the speedway's hospitality area.

Franchitti, who finished fifth in the 2010 "Kentucky Indy 300, is in the hunt for his fourth straight IICS championship title and ninth for owner Chip Ganassi. Power, who closed out last season just five points behind Franchitti in the quest for the title, placed eighth in last season's "Kentucky Indy 300" and is racing to secure the second IICS crown for legendary owner Roger Penske.

Don't miss any of the action beginning Friday, Sept. 30 when fans receive free infield Fan Zone access for two NCWTS practice sessions beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Visit our home page for the full weekend schedule and to reserve tickets, campsites and Fan Zone infield passes. Tickets also can be reserved by calling 888-652-7223 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive just off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and state Highway 35 in Sparta, Ky

By Mike Schmaltz and Len Glockner

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