Kentucky Speedway announces its 2012 schedule will feature five NASCAR-sanctioned events highlighted by the return of the Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) "Quaker State 400" in June and the addition of a second 300-mile Nationwide Series (NNS) race in September.

The "Quaker State 400" is slotted one week earlier on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule on Saturday, June 30. The second series event in track history will serve as the finale to a tripleheader weekend that also includes the NNS "Feed The Children 300" on Friday, June 29 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "UNOH 225" on Thursday, June 28.

The newly-awarded, Saturday, Sept. 22 NNS race will close out the speedway's fall weekend that opens with a 201-mile NCWTS event on Friday, Sept. 21.

"The 'Quaker State 400' weekend again promises to be our region's biggest summer event when our inaugural race winner Kyle Busch defends his title against a field of the best and brightest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars.

"NASCAR's decision to award us a second Nationwide Series date is very gratifying and an important endorsement as we continue to develop Kentucky Speedway. Already the nation's second most popular series by a wide margin, the Nationwide Series is poised to grow in popularity next season when drivers Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick begin their full-time quests for the championship. Our fans have always enthusiastically supported the series and I can't think of a better year to add a return date. "While we were unable to come to terms to bring the IZOD IndyCar Series to our venue in 2012, we have enjoyed our partnership with its drivers and executives. We wish them well," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

Fans visiting the speedway next season will be able to utilize a newly-acquired, 140-acre free parking field immediately east of the facility and a 42-foot wide pedestrian tunnel that will connect the new parking area to speedway tram stops. Patrons will access the new parking area from a widened state Highway 35 off of an expanded Interstate 71 Exit 57 ramp.

Current speedway season ticket holders and season campsite holders can renew their tickets and campsites or expand their orders beginning Friday, Oct. 21. Season ticket and camping plans will be offered to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

Kentucky Speedway season ticket pricing will not increase in 2012. Season tickets will be offered on seven price levels starting at $179, allowing fans to enjoy all five NASCAR events at the track for as little as $36 a race. Season ticket pricing reflects a significant discount off individual event ticket prices and plans offer a variety of amenities such as the option to purchase with three interest-free installments.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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