After experiencing once in a lifetime memories during the Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) last month in Williamsport, Pa., the Owensboro, Ky., Southern All Stars will be honored as grand marshals of the "The Kentucky Speedway Triple Header Fall Classic" on Saturday, September 18.

The team hails from the NASCAR capital of the Commonwealth that has produced three-time NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Darrell Waltrip as well as other well-known drivers such as two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, Jeremy Mayfield and the Green brothers - David, Jeff and Mark. The third-largest city in the state also is home to many NASCAR crew members and their families.

Head Coach Vic Evans, Jr., and his players will deliver the command for drivers to start their engines.

The Southern All-Stars advanced to the LLBWS on August 9 when pitcher Cole Sturgeon propelled the team to the Great Lakes Region Championship with a one-hit, 3-0 win over Highland, Ind. The 11- and 12-year-old All Stars entered the tournament undefeated in 18 games and finished fifth nationally. The team was one of eight representing the United States and one of 16 from around the world to qualify for the season-ending tournament. The Southern All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in LLBWS play.

"We are honored to host these All-American athletes and proud of their accomplishments. The all-stars represented the state of Kentucky and the region very well in what is truly the pinnacle of youth baseball," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "Racing is at the fabric of their Owensboro community and we hope the experience will be a thrill for the team."

The "Kentucky Speedway Triple Header Fall Classic" will feature a combined 475 miles of race action in one day with the I-POWER DASH Series, NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series and American Speed Association National Tour. Gates open at 1:00 p.m. 2004 Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Duo of the Year Award Nominee Blue County will perform a pre-race concert beginning at 2:00 p.m. on the WUBE-FM B-105 Country Music Stage and pre-race festivities begin at 3:15 p.m. Races follow at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are still available and can be reserved in the following ways:
By phone at 888-652-RACE
On the World Wide Web at or outlets including all Meijer stores
Through the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky.,
and Fan Center in Sparta, Ky.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~