Twenty-three passionate race fans are currently lined-up and poised to claim their favorite spot when Kentucky Speedway's general campgrounds officially open at noon on June 11 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz" weekend.

Joe Adams of Dayton, Ky., earned the coveted camping "pole position" when he arrived Friday, June 5 at 9:00 a.m., and plans to make a beeline for his favorite area.

"I started camping here during the 2002 IndyCar Series race weekend and loved it. I like tree-lined spots. I bought a tent, then borrowed a camper and finally bought my unit last year. I'm movin' up," Adams said.

The Kentucky Speedway general campgrounds transform into a racing community on event weekends when they become home to thousands of fans ready to take in the fun and festivities.

"The people here are great," Adams added.

The second of four 2009 speedway event weekends opens Friday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m., when NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers take to the 1.5-mile tri-oval track for the first of two practice sessions. Practice concludes at 8:00 p.m. All Friday tickets are $20 in advance and include infield access. Children age 12 and younger will be admitted free.

New infield camping, tickets and "Big Deals" for the "Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz" can be reserved online at, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), or through the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices located at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71, Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N. Tickets also are available through outlets and select Meijer stores..

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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