NASCAR Busch Teams Complete "Outback Steakhouse 300" Testing
Kentucky Speedway continues to prepare for its biggest event of the 2001 season, the inaugural $1.15 million dollar "Outback Steakhouse 300". The latest event was a two-day test session completed today with seven NASCAR Busch Series teams at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.
Among those testing at the track were Kerry Earnhardt, David Green, Scott Wimmer, Bobby Hamilton Sr and Jr, Larry Foyt, Jamie McMurray and Kevin Grubb. Earnhardt will pilot for the first time the No. 99 Aaron's Rent Chevrolet for Michael Waltrip Racing. "This is a getting to know each other session, " said Michael Waltrip. "We brought Kerry up to get him accustomed to the track, the team and the car. I had a chance to run my "Cup" car up here at Kentucky Speedway last year and loved it. It's a beautiful facility for the fans and its great too for the teams because it doesn't chew up tires."
A capacity crowd of over 66,089 Tri-State race fans are expected to watch to see who will make their mark as the initial winner of the NASCAR Busch Series race and take home the championship check of $82,000.
Even though "The Outback Steakhouse 300" is the 16th event out of 33, the race will be an important stop on the on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule because of the battle for the season championship is so close. Series points leader Kevin Harvick leads defending champion Jeff Green by only 71 points and third place contender Greg Biffle by 107.
Kentucky Speedway is nestled in Northern Kentucky off I-71 North of Louisville and southwest of Greater Cincinnati. The track, completed in June 2000, sets on 1,000 acres of Kentucky bluegrass. The infield features 104 identical double garage door stalls in two garage areas, which face the grandstands. Fans can see the entire racetrack from the 66,089 seats. During its first season, 300,000 fans visited the racetrack. Stand alone attendance records were set for NASCAR All Pro, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and ARCA Re/Max Series'.
Tickets still remain for all events this year at Kentucky Speedway.