Kentucky Speedway announces Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati as the new title sponsor of the annual May ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the $152-million motorsports facility. The "Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 150" will open the 2005 speedway race season on May 14 at 3:00 p.m.

"This partnership certainly opens a new category for our facility," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "We're pleased to be associated with the legendary Harley-Davidson name and look forward to introducing riders to our facility and even larger events in the future."

Financial terms of the one-year partnership were not disclosed. Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati will receive facility signage, advertising, a luxury suite, grandstand tickets and other promotional considerations for the event under the terms of the agreement.

Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati will offer a $10 discount to those who purchase a race ticket through the dealership. Five dollars from each ticket purchased through the dealership will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati will produce event-specific apparel including a hat, tee shirt and die-cast models bearing the Kentucky Speedway and Harley-Davidson logos.

"The race weekend will highlight the relationship with Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati, the Kentucky Speedway and the 25th Anniversary of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the humanitarian partnership with Harley-Davidson," Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati President Robert Nolan said.

Cincinnati's oldest and largest Harley-Davidson dealership is located at 1799 Tennessee Ave. in Cincinnati and has been assisting riders with motorcycle service, parts, accessories and Motorclothes for more than 85 years. New and experienced riders can contact the dealership at 513-641-1188 or through http://www.harley-davidsonofcincinnati.com.

"We will celebrate this historic occasion with an entire MDA weekend, which includes a blow-out Carburetion Night at the dealership on Friday May 13th, a ride to the race and all its festivities on May 14th and grand finale with a Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati HOG Chapter/MDA pledge ride the next day," Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati General Manager Greg Stith said.

The opening weekend also includes a pre-race concert with Kentucky Headhunters and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series "Bluegrass 100" race on the paved quarter-mile track.

The June 17-18 race weekend opens with the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series (NAEDSS) "Insight Communications 150" on Friday and concludes with the NASCAR Busch Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" on Saturday. Travis Tritt will provide the pre-race entertainment. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns July 8-9 for the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." The Saturday race will be preceded by a Billy Ray Cyrus concert. The ARCA RE/MAX Series "Channel 5 150" opens the July weekend on Friday. The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series will be on the track for the August 13-14 weekend. The weekend opens with the Menards Infiniti Pro Series "Louisville Courier-Journal 100" on Saturday. Country music favorite SHeDAISY will perform on Sunday before the IRL IndyCar Series "Bluegrass Indy 300." The season will conclude with "The Charlie Daniels Band Fall Classic" on September 10. In addition to the pre-race concert with the title sponsor, the full day of activity will feature a 150-mile NAEDSS race on the 1.5-mile tri-oval and USAC Ford Focus Midget Series heats and feature race on the quarter-mile track.

Tickets for all speedway events, including the July 30 "Jammin' in the Bluegrass Presented by Meijer concert featuring Tim McGraw, Trick Pony and Billy Dean," are on sale now. Tickets are available online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://tickets.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) and through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer locations. Fans also can reserve tickets at the Kentucky Speedway ticket office at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and at the speedway Fan Center located outside Turn 3 at the track in Sparta, Ky.

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