Kentucky Speedway announces it has extended its corporate partnership with the John Deere Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division, making the world-renowned equipment manufacturer the "Official Tractor of Kentucky Speedway" through 2005.

"Our operations department has counted on John Deere equipment since our initial opening. We have a great partnership, and to have them with us through 2005 is an honor. We appreciate all they do for us in making Kentucky Speedway the best motorsports facility in America," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said.

The John Deere Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division manufacturers and distributes a full line of lawn care products for residential, commercial, and golf and turf applications. One of the world's oldest and most respected enterprises, Deere & Company ( creates smart and innovative solutions, in the form of advanced machines, services and concepts, for customers on the farmsite, worksite and homesite worldwide.

"John Deere is proud to be the exclusive supplier of grounds care equipment for Kentucky Speedway and we're pleased to have extended our partnership with Kentucky Speedway," said Craig Hapner, John Deere territory manager for Kentucky, southern Indiana and portions of West Virginia. "We've been involved in motorsports for a number of years now and we're looking forward to three more exciting racing seasons with Kentucky Speedway."

In addition to its "official" designation, John Deere's partnership includes advertising, ticket and other promotional considerations.

Kentucky Speedway continues its 2002 season July 12-13 when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns for "The Kroger 225" on Saturday, July 13. The evening also will include a pre-race concert by country music superstar Lee Greenwood. The weekend begins on Friday, July 12 with The Cincinnati Enquirer and Post Pole Night featuring NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series qualifying and the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Blue Grass Quality Meats 200." Tickets for all events can be purchased in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At and all retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.