The 2000 rankings are in, confirming Kentucky Speedway hosted the biggest concert in the Tri-State and one of the top shows in the world last year. The Summer Sanitarium Tour featuring Metallica along with Korn, Kid Rock, System of Down and Powerman 5000, Saturday, July 8, 2000 drew a sold out crowd of 52,147 to the track.

According to figures released by Amusement Business Year End 2000, the concert was ranked 19th among all concerts worldwide in 2000. The ranking was based on gross ticket sales. The Kentucky Speedway date grossed $3.280.030.

"We've just touched the surface as to the potential of this venue. We certainly are pleased that we were the #1 concert in the Tri-State area and 19th worldwide in 2000. We can and will do much more," said Mark F. Cassis, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Kentucky Speedway.

The track has become one of the most versatile venues in the Midwest. The Metallica concert was just one of several unique and quite different events Kentucky Speedway hosted in its inaugural year. The Summer Sanitarium Tour's mammoth stage was positioned near Turn 4 in the vast infield. Concertgoers rocked to the music from the vast infield and the seats in the lower bowl grandstand.

Concerts are expected to be a big part of the speedway's 2001 line-up. "We are talking with major concert promoters now and our goal is to host spring, summer, and fall concerts at the speedway. We are also working on entertainment to coincide with each of our four major weekends of racing and we are very close to announcing a major Country Singing Star to entertain prior to the June 16th NASCAR Busch Series Race," said Cassis. "We are very committed to using this $152 million dollar venue for more than just racing. Concerts, festivals, auto shows, driving schools and special charitable events will all be a part of our 2001 plan at Kentucky Speedway."

Overall, Kentucky Speedway will host ten race events over four weekends in 2001. The NASCAR Busch Series highlights a June 16th weekend, which also includes the NASCAR Gatorade All Pro Series and the NASCAR Goody's Dash. Series. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns for "The Kroger 225" July 14th. ARCA will run twice, IRL in August and USAC will debut with its MCI WorldCom Midgits Series on the Kentucky Speedway ¼ mile track. For tickets, fans can call toll free 1-888-652-RACE or order online via the tracks official website at