Kentucky Speedway will shake with the thunder of high-horsepower Monster Trucks Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Major League of Monster Trucks (MLMT) makes its first visit to the motorsports facility for a one-night-only event.

Fan-favorite trucks such as Avenger, Big Foot, Brutus, El Matador, Gunslinger, King Krunch, Raminator, Samson and the Scarlet Bandit will part of the 12-truck field that will race at more than 70 mph on a challenging, custom-designed dirt track filled with jumps and bumps that will be constructed over the paved infield quarter-mile track at speedway.

The 8,500- to 11,000-pound trucks equipped with engines producing up to 2,200 horsepower will qualify for positions in three preliminary rounds of head-to-head competition and two trucks will reach the fourth and final round of the night.

"We're bringing the racing back to Monster Trucks at faster speeds with higher jumps on tracks containing bigger obstacles," Major League of Monster Trucks President Joe Froome said. "Today's form of monster truck racing at venues such as Kentucky Speedway brings an elevated level of competition that can't be seen anywhere. Trucks compete on a course that challenges a driver's ability as well as the durability of the race machine."

Trucks also will catch air and crush cars during a freestyle competition that will follow the race competition.

Kentucky Speedway is one of six well-known motorsports facilities that will play host to MLMT events this year. The league also will compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the dirt tracks at Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Memphis Motorsports Park.

"We are delighted that MLMT selected our venue to be a part of its major U.S. motorsports facility growth plan," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "This event certainly keeps pace with our strategic direction of delivering new and innovative motorsports entertainment options to our fans and sponsors in the Tri-state and expanding our operating season into the fall."

General admission main grandstand tickets for the first-of-its kind Kentucky Speedway event are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 3 through 12. Children age 2 and younger will be admitted free and $30 reserved Bluegrass Club seats also are available.

Log on to www.MLMT.com for more Major League of Monster Trucks information.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 8 and can be reserved online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), through Tickets.com and Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores or in person at the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100 near The Montgomery Inn or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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