Kentucky Speedway will team with Nationwide Insurance and Meijer to present educational and fun events leading up to the June 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."

Nationwide Insurance will bring its "Driving While Distracted" program to the Meijer store at 4990 Houston Rd., in Florence, Ky., on June 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The teen-targeted program illustrates the complications created when drivers attempt to multi-task while operating their vehicle through the use of simulators and other educational tools. NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Eric McClure and Brad Keselowski, of JR Motorsports, will be guest driving instructors and sign autographs during the event. Young drivers and their parents are encouraged to attend and the event is open to the public.

The program is part of an entire day of fun that begins at 2:00 p.m. Fans visiting the store also will be able to enjoy Wii gaming, a Hewlett Packard photo creation station and shopping through the Meijer Virtual Playground along with culinary delights from John Morrell Grilling Van.

Activities will conclude at 8:00 p.m.

NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Kenny Wallace and Scott Wimmer will sign autographs and greet fans on Cincinnati's Fountain Square Friday, June 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., during Kentucky Speedway's "Pit Stop on the Square." He will compete in the 43-car "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" field scheduled to include series standings leader and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer along with Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. "Pit Stop on the Square" also will feature a "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" ticket drawing, authentic NASCAR racecars on display, music, activities and food and drink from Meijer, Johnsonville and Edy's Grand Ice Cream.

NASCAR Nationwide Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo" race tickets are still available and include a prerace concert by rockers Smash Mouth and can be reserved online through the "Tickets" pages of this Web site, at speedway ticket offices located 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, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) and through Meijer stores.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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