NASCAR BUSCH AND WINSTON CUP SERIES DRIVERS HELP PREVIEW "THE KROGER 300 PRESENTED BY OREO"
Six drivers representing the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series were at Kentucky Speedway to preview "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" Busch Series event to be held at Kentucky on June 15.
Scott Riggs and Larry Foyt represented the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Dale Jarrett, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte and Stacy Compton, all at Kentucky to test their NASCAR Winston Cup Series machines, joined the driver panel that addressed media from Greater Cincinnati and Louisville and Lexington, Ky.
Compton announced that he will enter the 43-car "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" field, joining NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Joe Nemechek in splitting time between Kentucky Speedway and Michigan International Speedway June 14-16.
Riggs, who won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Kroger 225" event in 2001, said the "The Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" falls at an important juncture in the NASCAR Busch Series schedule.
"It's the center of the season, the turning point of the season," Riggs said. "It's somewhere (Kentucky) that I've been to before and somewhere I've had the chance to win a race. These guys from the No. 10 car and my crew chief Harold Holly know what it takes to have a fast car here. Also, I had a chance to come in and do a little testing about a month ago. Take all that into consideration and we look forward to coming to Kentucky to try to have a good finish."
While Riggs made more notes for his return next Saturday, the quartet of Winston Cup regulars were in the garages working on aerodynamic packages for future series dates at facilities such as Las Vegas.
"This is a great place to come to test aerodynamic packages because it's a lot like other tracks we race," said Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Winston Cup Series Ford. "About the only thing you can't test here are the brakes because we don't go through the pits."
The NASCAR Busch Series rolls into Kentucky Speedway on June 14 for the "Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo" on June 15 at 8:00 p.m. The multitude of pre-race festivities will include a concert by pop/rock band Dishwalla. The weekend begins on June 14 with NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and final practice on Lexington Herald-Leader Pole Night beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday also includes "The Kentucky 150" NASCAR Hills Bros. All Pro Series race at 9:00 p.m. Tickets for all 2002 events at Kentucky Speedway are on sale now and can be purchased 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.