Kerry Earnhardt to Drive at Kentucky Speedway
An Earnhardt at Kentucky? You bet! Kerry Earnhardt, the son of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., has agreed to drive in the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series race June 16th! Earnhardt will climb behind the wheel of the #99 Aaron's Rent Chevrolet owned by Michael Waltrip Racing. The 300-mile race will be televised on FX, part of the Fox Network, with a green flag at 8:00 p.m. (EST). FX recently announced their expansion to now cover 60 million homes around the United States.
Over the years, Kerry has driven in a variety of racing series, including the NASCAR Busch Grand National Division. In 1999, Earnhardt made four starts in the NASCAR Busch Series with his best finish being 20th at Daytona. In 2000, he made six starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with four top-5's including a win at Pocono. This will be his first appearance at Kentucky. "It's a great opportunity for me to drive the #99 Aaron's Rent Chevrolet Busch car for Michael Waltrip Racing," said Kerry. "My brother told me the track is a lot like Atlanta, but a lot wider. I'm looking forward to working with the guys in Michael's shop and getting up there to turn my first lap at Kentucky Speedway."
The NASCAR Busch Series weekend includes a NASCAR All-Pro event Friday night, June 15th and the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series immediately following the Busch Series on Saturday night. "We are delighted to have Kerry come to Kentucky. It's very sad his father didn't get to race here and it will be great for our fans to pay their respects to Kerry via the fan greet session, plus watch him race Michael's Busch car, which is a great team", said Mark F. Cassis, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Kentucky Speedway. Earnhardt will also sign autographs and meet the fans at the track prior to the race.
Kentucky Speedway opens its 2001 race schedule May 11th-12th. The ARCA RE/MAX Series will highlight the weekend running "The Kentucky 150". It's part of the "700 WLW Day at the Races", which also includes an autograph session with NASCAR Winston Cup Drivers, a challenge race on the ¼ infield track, and a celebrity race. USAC & ARCA trucks will run on Friday evening to kick off the week end.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Gatorade All-Pro Series, NASCAR Goody's Dash Series, and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will also run during the 2001 season. Tickets for all 2001 events, including the NASCAR Busch Series weekend, are on sale now.