Kentucky Speedway announced today that drivers in the 43-car "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series field will compete for a track record purse of $1,247,798 on Saturday, June 14.

The purse and winner's check of $84,750 for America's most popular stand-alone NASCAR Busch Series event are expected to attract more than 50 potential qualifiers for the second straight year. The race will be televised live on the FX Network and the green flag will drop at 8:00 p.m.

"This is a drivers track and it has racing personality," Kentucky Speedway Director of Operations Andy Vertrees said. "Combine our purse with a track drivers enjoy racing on, and it's no surprise that every driver wants to be here." Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Busch Series winner's payout ranks first among stand-alone races on the circuit and third overall among the 13 series races completed this season behind Daytona International Speedway ($96,825) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway ($86,575), both of which are companion events with The NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

The Kentucky Speedway purse ranks second among stand-alone NASCAR Busch Series races behind Gateway International Speedway ($1,270,992) and sixth overall behind Daytona ($2,000,387), Las Vegas ($1,356,617), California Speedway ($1,356,055), Texas Motor Speedway ($1,284,492) and Gateway.

In each of the past two seasons, the NASCAR Busch Series and the 66,089-seat facility have set regional stand-alone sports event attendance records by generating standing-room-only crowds of more than 70,000. More than 145,000 have packed the track to see second most popular NASCAR sanctioned circuit. The speedway is on pace to entertain its third consecutive standing-room-only crowd for the event this season.

Tickets for "The Meijer 300, Presented by Oreo" and all events at Kentucky Speedway are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in the following ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE (single-event) or 859-578-2300 (season)
  • At select Meijer stores and supercenters via Tickets.com
  • Online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or www.Tickets.com
  • At the Kentucky Speedway corporate office at 2216 Dixie Hwy. Suite 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. Or the speedway's Fan Center, off of Hwy 35 in Sparta, KY.
  • Through Tickets.com retail outlets located at the Cincinnati Visitor's Center and in Play-It-Again Sports and Hader hardware locations.