Tim McGraw, Trick Pony and Billy Dean threw a party for 16,210 country music fans at Kentucky Speedway tonight during Jammin' In The BluegrassSM Presented by Meijer.

McGraw's 90-minute set featured hits from his multi-platinum release, "Live Like You Were Dying," that included the title single which debuted at No. 1 on both the Pop and Country album charts with sales of 766,000 in 2004. Other hits from his most recent release included "Do You Want Fries With That" and "Drugs or Jesus." McGraw also treated the crowd with well-known favorites "Indian Outlaw," "Don't Take the Girl," "Red Ragtop," "The Cowboy in Me," "Where The Green Grass Grows," "I Like It I Love It" and "Down On The Farm."

Billy Dean opened the show with selections from his new release "Let Them Be Little" and played on with his classic hits "Only Here For A Little While," "Billy The Kid" and his own version of the "We Just Disagree."

Trick Pony, the trio of Keith Burns, Ira Dean and Heidi Newfeld, revved up with crowd with a high-octane set that displayed Newfeld's talent on the harmonica, Dean on the bass and Burns on lead guitar. The band delivered selections from its soon-to-be released album "R.I.D.E." including the first single, a remake of the 1970s hit "It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler. The group also played crowd favorites "Pour Me," "On A Mission," "On A Night Like This," "Not The Bride" and "Big River," originally recorded with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. The Speedway springs back into action on August 13-14 when it hosts the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and Menards Infiniti Pro Series.

The fourth of five race weekends at the speedway begins on Saturday, August 13, with "The Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." Speedway gates open at 10:00 a.m., and the full day of activity includes four IndyCar Series practice sessions, IndyCar Series qualifying and "The Bluegrass 100" Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series race.

The all open-wheel weekend continues on August 14 when IndyCar rookie sensation Danica Patrick battles Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, defending series champion Tony Kanaan and Marlboro Team Penske stars Sam Hornish, Jr., and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in "The AMBER Alert Indy 300 presented by GPS Industries." Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with the final IndyCar Series practice. Country music trio SHeDAISY will take the WUBE-FM B-105 Country Sound Stage at 1:00 p.m., and the "AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300" field will take the green flag at 3:45 p.m.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online through http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE, through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores and through Kentucky Speedway ticket offices located at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell or the Fan Center located outside Turn 3 at the speedway.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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