Kentucky Speedway's Ford Fan Day will offer guests a multitude of activities, a behind-the-scenes view of all areas of the 107,000-capacity facility, U.S. Legends International quarter-mile track racing, chances to win prizes as well as previews of road and parking improvements on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free and guests will be able to tour the garages, media center, grandstands, press box, owner's suite, spotters' stand, campgrounds and a new tunnel that connects the original speedway property to expansive new parking fields.

In addition to Legends racing, highlighted activities include the chance to take a Victory Lane photo with the speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "Quaker State 400" trophy, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy courtesy of Walmart, a chat with speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger, a Racing Roundtable discussion with local media along with a Fire and Safety Team demonstration.

Raceway Ministries will organize children's activities such as face painting and youngsters also will have the chance to make announcements on the speedway's public address system.

"Ford and our tri-state Ford dealers are excited to strengthen our partnership with Kentucky Speedway by creating a unique, exciting Ford Fan Day opportunity that will bring the great race fans in our region a behind-the-scenes experience and the chance to explore all the speedway has to offer," Ford Cincinnati Regional Manager Greg Wood said. Coca-Cola and Levy Restaurants concessions will be available throughout the day. A full schedule of Ford Fan Day activities follows.

"We're eager to start our season with our June 28-30 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and Sprint Cup Series 'Quaker State 400.' We wanted to give fans a preview of all we have to offer this season and are pleased our long-time partner Ford will help us bring guests a great day at the speedway," Simendinger said.

Here's a rundown of our schedule:

Times subject to change

11:00 a.m. U.S. Legends International races begin - Quarter-mile track

11:15 a.m. Riding and walking tours begin

11:30 a.m. "Ask the GM" question-and-answer session - Press Box

Noon "Walk the Track" - Continues until 2:00 p.m.

12:30 p.m. "KOI Auto Parts Racing Report" - Press Box Fire and Safety Team "Crash Demo" - Pit Road

1:00 p.m. Fire and Safety Team "Crash Demo" - Pit Road

1:30 p.m. "Ask the GM" question-and-answer session - Press Box Fire and Safety Team "Crash Demo" - Pit Road

2:00 p.m. U.S. Legends International races begin - Quarter-mile track

2:30 pm "KOI Auto Parts Racing Report" - Press Box

3:30 pm Final shuttle tour departs 4:00 pm Ford Fan Day Concludes Tickets, daily infield Fan Zone passes and campsites for the speedway's June weekend and Sept. 21-22 doubleheader NASCAR weekend are available online at, by phone at (859) 578-2300 and through the speedway corporate office at 1 Speedway Drive in Sparta, Ky., 41086, just off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Kentucky Highway 35.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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