Kentucky Speedway fans set a fast pace for 2003 single-event ticket sales today. Tickets went on sale at 9:00 a.m., but fans began gathering at the speedway's Ft. Mitchell office as early as 6:30 a.m. to be among the first to purchase 2003 event tickets.

"We anticipated a larger than ever first day of sales due to our expansion of the Tickets.com call center, retail outlets and online capabilities, but this has truly been overwhelming," Mark F. Cassis, executive vice president and general manager of Kentucky Speedway said. "It's also pleasing that our season ticket packages continue to sell during a big day for single-event sales."

Tickets.com facilitates Kentucky Speedway single-event ticket and Reserved RV camping pass sales to local clients and race fans. Tickets are available through the Cincinnati Visitor's Center and select retail outlets in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, as well as those in Louisville and Lexington, Ky. Outlets include Meijer stores and supercenters, Play-It-Again Sports stores and Hader Hardware locations. A complete list of retail locations is available online at www.tickets.com/retailoutlets, or www.kentuckyspeedway.com and by phone at 1-888-652-RACE. Tickets.com service fees will apply to all outlet, phone and Internet orders.

Tickets.com is streamlining ticket sales by expanding the Kentucky Speedway call center hours at 1-888-652-RACE (7223) from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets.com also will provide bar-coded tickets to protect fans from counterfeiting and help speed their entry into the facility.

"Things went very smoothly. To no one's surprise, race fans took advantage of all the different sales options for Kentucky Speedway today. We are excited to provide a variety of convenient sales channels for motorsports fans," Tickets.com Regional Director Steve DeMots said. "Through the relationship between Meijer, Kentucky Speedway and Tickets.com, the convenience of purchasing Kentucky Speedway tickets has been added to Meijer's one-stop shopping experience."

Four-time ARCA RE/MAX Champion Frank Kimmel and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Matt Crafton were on hand to greet fans and sign autographs during the morning hours of the day. Several "show cars" representing the race series that will compete at Kentucky Speedway in 2003 also were on display.

"It's great to get out and meet the fans that support us here at Kentucky Speedway," Crafton said. "Our circuit loves racing here because Kentucky Speedway fans are among the most loyal in racing." Kentucky Speedway will continue to sell both single-event and season tickets through its Web site, www.kentuckyspeedway.com, and through its Ft. Mitchell office and Sparta Fan Center.

Kentucky Speedway opens May 9-10 with the return of the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the "Channel 5-205" and Legends Series race with NASCAR Winston Cup Series stars. Racing continues June 13-14 when the NASCAR Busch Series convenes to contest "The Meijer 300" and the NASCAR Hills Bros. All-Pro Series runs "The Kentucky 150." The July 11-12 weekend features the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Kentucky 225" and NASCAR Goody's Dash Series "Kentucky 150." The Indy Racing League will provide the season finale August 16-17 with "The Belterra Casino Indy 300" and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series "Kentucky 100." Visit www.kentuckyspeedway.com or phone 1-888-652-RACE (7223) for complete schedule information.

~ Kentucky Speedway ~