Kentucky Speedway To Host Five Racing Series During "Belterra Casino Indy 300" Weekend
Five feature races highlight Kentucky Speedway's upcoming weekend, its most ambitious to date. The Indy Racing Northern Light Series, the NASCAR Gatorade All Pro Series, USAC WORLDCOM Midget Car Series, ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and the Baby Grand Stock Car Series will all participate in the three days of racing beginning Aug. 10 through Aug. 12.
Friday night's "JaniKing Short Track Special" will focus on the Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile track. The USAC WORLDCOM Midget Car Series is at the forefront of the action. Last weekend at Belleville, Kan., Kasey Kahne won his fourth race of the season edging point's leader Dave Darland.
Kentucky is the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series' seventh race of the season. Paul Hahn won last week at New Paris, Ind., beating Hamilton, Ohio native Johnny Witham and Middletown, Ohio driver Brett Oakley to the checkered flag.
In addition, fans will see a 25-lap Baby Grand Stock Car Series feature Friday night. The Baby Grand car is a two-thirds scale stock car. The speedway will host the circuit's Region C drivers from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
The Gatorade All Pro, NASCAR Touring Series makes its second appearance of the season on Saturday for the "84 WHAS 150." It's the first time the series has run with the Indy Racing League. Cincinnatian Jeff Fultz will be attempting to win a second consecutive series race on the 1.5-mile tri-oval after winning the Lexington Herald-Leader 150 this past June. Fultz led the last 54 laps of the June race to edge out Wayne Anderson for the checkered flag.
On Sunday, the Indy Racing Northern Light Series cars take to Kentucky's tri oval for the second "Belterra Casino Indy 300." A year ago, Buddy Lazier drove his No. 91 Tae-Bo/ Coors Light/Delta Faucet/Dallara/Oldsmobile crossed the finish line ahead of Scott Goodyear and Sarah Fisher. Lazier then went on to win the Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship.
Lazier is back in the hunt for a second consecutive series championship this season. He is chasing current series points leader Sam Hornish, Jr., pilot of the Pennzoil Panther Racing machine driven by Goodyear last season.
"The Panther team qualified on the pole and finished second last season but Buddy won last year so I guess we'll have to figure out a way to change that," Hornish, Jr., said. There's just a lot of support at Pennzoil Panther Racing, the guys do such a great job on the car. I'm really excited to come into each because I know that they're not only going to put a fast car underneath me, but a safe car, so that's a confidence builder."
Tickets for the entire weekend are still available.