Kentucky Speedway has adjusted its 2008 schedule and will now play host to its ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" events July 18 and 19.

The events were originally scheduled July 11 and 12. Dates were changed to best accommodate NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series broadcast agreements with SPEED Channel.

"This adjustment provides us a great opportunity to place our July ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in an even stronger national spotlight as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will not compete that weekend. We thank Ford, the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and SPEED Channel officials for partnering with us to help gain the maximum exposure for our July race events," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said.

All single-event and season tickets previously sold for both July races will be honored on the new dates. The ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m., July 18 and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" will begin at 7:00 p.m., the following evening.

"We're pleased to cooperate with Kentucky Speedway, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Speed Channel in moving our event date to July 18," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "We have great relationships with all three entities and this kind of lead time allows everyone associated with the ARCA RE/MAX Series to plan for July 18." The six-weekend Kentucky Speedway season will open May 10 with the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150." The 150-mile street stock "Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and the Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson Shop of Florence Kentucky" will be held May 24 and will be followed by a June 14 visit from the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo." The July race weekend will precede the Aug. 9 "Meijer Indy 300" and Indy Pro Series "Kentucky 100" events. The season will come to a thunderous close Sept. 20 when the Major League of Monster Trucks races its high-horsepower machines side-by-side through an obstacle-filled, custom-designed dirt track on the speedway infield. Each main event will include a concert with a nationally-known artist. The concert schedule will be announced a future date. The track also will play host to a Fanfest event Aug. 8 during which fans will be able to tour garage areas, participate in race-related family activities and receive autographs from their favorite competitors.

Single-race tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223). Fans also can visit any Meijer store or the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 200 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100 in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to Montgomery Inn or the speedway Fan Center off of I-71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky. Season race plans also are available now and can be reserved by phone at 859-578-2300, online through the Kentucky Speedway Web site or through track ticket offices.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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