Veteran driver Kevin Lepage and the Brewco Motorsports No. 37 Sequoia Chevrolet jump started Kentucky Speedway's NASCAR Busch Series week with a fan promotion at Rafferty's Restaurant and Bar in Florence, Ky.

Brewco, based in Central City, Ky., is just one of 54 teams attempting to qualify for the Saturday, June 15, "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" at Kentucky Speedway. The entry list is the largest to date on the NASCAR Busch Series. "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" boasts a $1.2 million purse, with $83,650 awarded to the winner. The purse is among the top five on circuit.

Lepage will attempt to make his third start of the season for Brewco. He took over the No. 37 machine after regular driver Jeff Purvis was seriously injured at Nazareth on May 25.

"Our first week together was kind of sad knowing I had to replace Jeff," Lepage said. "We went to Charlotte, we qualified ninth and finished sixth. It was kind of a get well card to Jeff and it got the team back and focused that we had to go racing, even though Jeff is in the back of our mind every week."

Lepage is signed with Brewco through next week. The team has not announced a return date for Purvis or it's plans beyond June 22. The No. 37 qualified ninth at Dover and finished 18th and followed that with a 14th place finish at Nashville. The team continues to remain focused on being competitive in both the series and "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo."

"Three weeks, three top-10 runs throughout each day and the finishes didn't really show it," Lepage continued. "I can't say enough for Clarence Brewer and all the guys on the No. 37 team, they've stepped up to the plate. They have Jeff in their prayers and thoughts every week, but they also know they have a job to do for Sequoia and Timberwolf. We just have to what we were hired to do and that's run up front and win races."

He added that he's excited to experience the second NASCAR Busch Series event at Kentucky after the speedway attracted a standing-room-only crowd of 70,338 in 2001.

"I heard and saw what the first race was like (at Kentucky) on television. It shows that this area really wants NASCAR racing. I just can't wait for this weekend to come," he concluded.

Tickets still remain for "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" and the June 14 Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night - featuring NASCAR Busch Series qualifying, "Happy Hour" practice and the NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series "Kentucky 150" stock car race. The green flags waves for "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" at 8:00 p.m. The race will be followed by "The 700 WLW 100" Goody's Dash Series race. Saturday evening also features a pre-race concert by pop/rock group Dishwalla at 5:45 p.m. on the speedway Turn 1 Concourse.

Fans can purchase advance tickets in five easy ways:

  • By phone at 1-888-652-RACE
  • On the World Wide Web at www.kentuckyspeedway.com
  • In person at either the speedway's Ft. Mitchell ticket office or at the Kentucky Speedway Fan Center off Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
  • At Tickets.com and all Tickets.com retail outlets located in Greater Cincinnati area Meijer Hader Hardware and Play-It-Again Sports stores.
  • In person at all Greater Cincinnati AAA locations.