Kentucky Speedway has announced the promotion of two of employees in its operations department. Mike Claywell, who has been with the track since its inception, has been elevated to Director of Operations. Karen Bannick, who has been with the track since 1999, has been appointed to the newly created position of Operations Coordinator.

"The operations department continues to provide a strategic element of our success as a sports and entertainment venue. Between race and concert events, testing, rentals, and special activities, our operations team is on duty well over 300 plus days a year. Mike and Karen have earned the respect of all the racing series officials, driving schools, and teams and drivers," said Mark F. Cassis, Executive Vice President and General Manager. "I am very proud of both of these individuals and know they will continue to operate the facility at the highest standards which has become a Kentucky Speedway trademark since our opening."

Mike Claywell began his career with Kentucky Speedway in June, 1998 as the Field Superintendent during the construction phase. With the opening of Kentucky Speedway in 2000, he assumed the position of Facilities Manager. Prior to Kentucky Speedway, Mike worked for Kentucky Motor Speedway, Charlestown Motor Speedway and Louisville Motor Speedway.

Karen Bannick has 25 years of office management experience and began her career with Kentucky Speedway in November, 1999 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations. Within that same year she was promoted to Office Manager. In 2001, Karen began coordinating the scheduling of all track testing and has been an integral part in the coordination of all special events conducted at the venue. Kentucky Speedway completed its sixth season of racing in September and its all-time event attendance soared past the 1.8 million mark. The track has evolved into a multi-functional facility which features NASCAR, Indy Racing League and USAC racing; plus stand-alone concerts. Superstar entertainer Tim McGraw highlighted the 2005's concert schedule with a blockbuster event in July. An overflow crowd of 70,114 attended the June 18 "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" NASCAR Busch Series race. The track also hosted record setting weekends for the "Amber Alert Indy 300, Presented by GPS" Indy Racing League and the "Built Ford Tough 225, Presented by Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The 2006 speedway schedule will be released in the coming weeks. Visit frequently for event and ticket information.

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