Kentucky Speedway™ announces today that the Lexington-Herald Leader will sponsor the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series Pole Night on Friday, June 15, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The sponsorship is part of a three-year partnership agreement.

Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night will feature top NASCAR Busch Series drivers qualifying for the June 16 "Outback Steakhouse 300." The NASCAR Gatorade ALL-PRO Series "Kentucky 150" follows NASCAR Busch Series qualifying as part of the Friday festivities.

"The Herald-Leader is delighted to be an integral part of the first NASCAR Busch Series race in the state of Kentucky," said Lexington Herald-Leader Vice President of Marketing Dave Wilkinson. "We think this will be a wonderful event for our readers and Kentuckians in general."

The "Outback Steakhouse 300" will be nationally televised the FX Network and also broadcast nationally on MRN Radio. The event will feature top NASCAR Busch Series drivers, including Greg Biffle, and NASCAR Winston Cup Series star Kevin Harvick. Both have held the NASCAR Busch Series points lead this season. In addition, Kerry Earnhardt, the eldest son of the late racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr., will drive a machine supplied by Michael Waltrip Racing in the event and hold a post-race autograph session.

"We're proud that The Lexington Herald-Leader will be a part of this exciting weekend of racing at the speedway," Kentucky Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis said. "The Herald-Leader is a long-time, trusted source of news coverage and continues to be a valuable partner in strengthening the regional interest in Kentucky Speedway and motor sports. The Herald-Leader will be a great partner and we're pleased to welcome them aboard." The Lexington Herald-Leader is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and circulates in Central and Southern Kentucky. The newspaper's Sunday circulation is 155,000 and daily circulation is 120,000. In addition to the NASCAR Busch Series debut, events on June 16 also include the dedication of the Darrell Waltrip Monument and Walkway at the speedway's Turn 3 Fan Center and a pre-race concert by country singing sensation Brad Paisley.