Kentucky Speedway Gears Up At The NASCAR BUSCH Series Preview In Charlotte
The calendar may read January. But, inside the Charlotte Convention Center Friday, January 5th, the climate was right for racing as Kentucky Speedway participated in the NASCAR Busch Series Preview. The Busch Series Ladies Association sponsored the all-day event.
"We were delighted to be part of the NASCAR Busch Series Preview. We take great pride in the fact NASCAR has awarded us a Busch race for June. This was an opportunity for the fans to get to know us and learn more about our facility," said Mark F. Cassis, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Kentucky Speedway.
Kentucky Speedway, the state of the art 1.5-mile tri-oval track located 35 miles southwest of Cincinnati, OH, will host the NASCAR Busch Series for the first time June 16, 2001. "The Kentucky 300" will be nationally televised on FX. The green flag waves at 8PM (ET).
The reaction by the NASCAR Busch Series drivers who have tested at the track since the announcement late August is unanimous. Kentucky Speedway is a "winner". "Man, this is a beautiful track! Great facility!" said Randy LaJoie. "When they built this place they had the competitor and the fans in mind."
David Green commented, "We are so excited to be here. When we come back in June, you're going to see a great race here."
Since the August 29th NASCAR Busch Series race announcement, dozens of series' top drivers have tested on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. The busiest day was November 22nd. That Wednesday test brought together five of the top 20 drivers in the final 2000 NASCAR Grand National Division Standings, including Busch Series champion Jeff Green who hails from nearby Owensboro, KY. "This is our first time in a Ford and we are trying to get a handle on the Fords. I think when we come back with the right tire for this track; we are going to be in great shape." Green, unofficially, turned a lap of 30.3 seconds, which is 178.217 mph.
Also testing at the track were Green's team mate Jason Keller of PPC Racing, Joe Nemechek and Randy LaJoie of Nemco Motorsports; David Green and Tim Fedewa of Cicci-Welliver Racing, Marty Houston and Blaise Alexander of SABCO; and Greg Biffle of Jack Roush Racing. Biffle, who won the inaugural "Kroger 225" on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the track in June, was clocked unofficially at 179.402 mph. Biffle will drive the Grainger Ford for Roush Racing in the Busch Series in 2001.
The track is special for the Green Brothers since its built in their home state. "Jeff and I were talking last night," said David Green, "we are just so excited to have one of the best racing facilities in the world located right here in Kentucky…our home state! When we come back in June, it's going to be a homecoming for us. All our family and friends will be able to see us race here at this beautiful place."
Overall, Kentucky Speedway will host 10 race events over four weekends in 2001. The NASCAR Busch Series highlights a June 16th weekend, which also includes the NASCAR 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 Midgets Series on the Kentucky Speedway ¼ mile track. For tickets call toll free 1-888-652-RACE or order online via the tracks official website at www.kentuckyspeedway.com.