Kentucky Speedway Sets 2008 Slate
Kentucky Speedway will present 10 events during its six-weekend 2008 season that will entertain fans with high-impact NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IndyCar Series, Indy Pro Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, street stock and bigger-than-life Major League of Monster Trucks action.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will open the speedway's ninth season that begins May 10 and concludes Sept. 20 with the second MLMT event in track history. The "Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150" will take to the track first in 2008 and will be followed by grassroots street stock racing May 24 during the "Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson of Florence, Ky." Last season, Roush Racing product Erik Darnell scored his first ARCA RE/MAX Kentucky Speedway win and more than 150 cars registered for the 150-mile endurance event that featured a 69-car starting grid. Chuck Barnes, Sr., of Louisville, Ky., emerged from the fray with a $10,000 Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals grand prize.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Day will give fans a preview of the June weekend's main event with free cold pit access for fans and on-track practice sessions June 13 before the track takes aim at attracting its eighth consecutive capacity crowd for the June 14 "Meijer 300." NASCAR's top developmental series has entertained an average crowd of 70,962 during its seven previous visits to the 66,089-seat complex and has crowned first-time victors Stephen Leicht and David Gilliland during its 2007 and 2006 Kentucky Speedway visits.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will occupy the speedway spotlight during the July 11-12 weekend when it displays its full-contact brand of racing during the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers." The ARCA RE/MAX Series will open the third event weekend with a 150-mile battle. Veteran Mike Skinner took the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kentucky title and 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year Michael McDowell nailed down a July 150-mile race win.
Fans will be treated to precision passing and race speeds of more than 200 mph Aug. 8-9 when IndyCar and Indy Pro Series competitors scorch the speedway 1.5-mile paved tri-oval during the "Meijer Indy 300" and "Kentucky Indy Pro 100." The IndyCar Series will appear at night for the second time in track history. Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan delivered his first Kentucky Speedway IndyCar Series win in 2006 and Hideki Mutoh blazed a path to Victory Lane in the 100-mile Indy Pro Series event. The weekend will get kick started with the second Fanfest event of the season.
The 2008 campaign will come to a thunderous close Sept. 20 when Bigfoot and its fellow Major League of Monster Trucks competitors race side-by-side at more than 70 mph on a winding, obstacle-filled, custom-designed dirt track that will span across the infield quarter-mile track. The event also will include earth-scattering freestyle monster truck and motocross competitions.
The speedway will once again add value to its entertainment experience by presenting a concert prior to each feature event. The artist line-up for the new season will be announced in the coming weeks.
Single-event ticket and season ticket plan prices will hold steady for the third consecutive season. Season ticket plans are on sale now and range in price from $165 to $255 depending on seat location. Plans are loaded with special benefits such as a VIP Rewards program membership that will help fans earn points toward a discount off their 2009 plan renewal by simply making speedway purchases, VIP Parking, reserved seats for each feature event, cold pit and Fanfest passes, the option to purchase admission to June 14, July 12 and August 9 Outback Steakhouse tailgate parties for a combined total of $60 as well as the option to purchase additional event tickets at a discount. The Outback Steakhouse Tailgate tent will be located in the infield. Party goers will enjoy Outback Steakhouse fare, games and music along with visits by event celebrities throughout the season.
Season ticket plans can be reserved online through the tickets pages of this Web site, by dialing 859-578-2300 and pressing "2" or at track ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., near Montgomery Inn and the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of I-71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N. Single-event tickets will be placed on sale Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. The full 2008 schedule follows, event times are pending:
May 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150" 2007 Winner: Erik Darnell (Roush Racing)
May 24 "Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson of Florence, Ky." 2007 Winner: Chuck Barnes, Sr. (Louisville, Ky.)
June 13 NASCAR Nationwide Series Fanfest (Garage-area autograph session and series practice)
June 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300" 2007 Winner: Stephen Leicht (Robert Yates Racing) July 11 ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" 2007 Winner: Michael McDowell (Eddie Sharp Racing)
July 12 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" 2007 Winner: Mike Skinner (Bill Davis Racing)
August 8 IndyCar and Indy Pro Series Fanfest (Garage-area autograph session and series practice).
August 9 IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300" 2007 Winner: Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing)
Indy Pro Series "Kentucky Indy Pro 100" 2007 Winner: Hideki Mutoh (Super Aguri Panther Racing)
Sept. 20 Major League of Monster Trucks (MLMT) 2007 Winner: Mark Hall and Raminator
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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